President Yamagiwa visits HUST, GSGES' Hanoi office (30 October 2017)

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On 30 October 2017, President Juichi Yamagiwa and other senior officials paid a courtesy visit to the President of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST). The group was in Hanoi, Vietnam, to attend the International Symposium on the Education and Research of the Global Environmental Studies in Asia, organized by the two universities and held on 30 October - 1 November.

The 10-member delegation included Dr Masao Kitano, executive vice-president for education, information infrastructure, and evaluation, along with current and former deans and vice-deans of five Graduate Schools -- Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), Agriculture, Engineering, Human and Environmental Studies, and Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS). Arriving at HUST's central administration building, the visitors were ushered into a reception room to meet with President Hoang Minh Son and 10 other representatives of the host university, including Vice President Tran Van Top and several deans and directors.

The meeting began with Presidents Son and Yamagiwa introducing their respective institutions. Everyone then joined the discussion on the KU-HUST partnership, reflecting on past collaborations in education and research, and exploring further opportunities for academic exchange. Kyoto U and HUST are already academic-exchange partners, while the former's GSGES and the latter's School of Environmental Science and Technology have a student-exchange agreement in place. As the discussion concluded, Presidents Yamagiwa and Son presented gifts to each other, and joined others for a commemorative photo.

The KU delegation then went to visit the HUST School of Environmental Science and Technology, touring its laboratories and the GSGES office that has been in operation since December 2008. The office is installed with a video conference system and other advanced equipment, and staffed with administrators hired under the supervision of the host school's Dean Nghiem Trung Dung and Lecturer Nguyen Pham Hong Lien. It serves as a base for research and educational collaborations between the two schools, as well as for long-term internships and research for GSGES students.

Following the facility tour, the KU officials moved to the symposium venue to attend a welcome reception with other participants.

President Yamagiwa briefing HUST officials on Kyoto U's international exchange activities

President Son (left) receiving a gift of a lacquer bowl from President Yamagiwa

KU delegation visiting a laboratory of the HUST School of Environmental Science and Technology

Dean Dung (far right) and others in GSGES' Hannoi office

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