Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council came to Kobe University to deliver a special lecture for students on Monday, April 26.
President Van Rompuy is in Japan to attend the EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo on April 28. President Van Rompuy's party arrived on campus one hour prior to the lecture to meet with Kobe University and Hyogo Prefecture officials. He was met in front of the Rokkodai Main Building by Kobe University President FUKUDA Hideki and Vice President NAKAMURA Chiharu, Hyogo Prefecture Governor IDO Toshizo and Mayor YADA Tatsuo of Kobe City. Following the luncheon meeting in the Special Guest Room within Rokkodai Main Building, President Van Rompuy walked next door to the IDEMITSU SAZO Memorial Rokkodai Auditorium to deliver a lecture titled, "A CHANGING EU AND A CHANGING JAPAN IN A CHANGING WORLD".
Kobe University formed a strong tie with the EU through the establishment of the EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ-Kansai)* on its campus in 2005. This lecture is the result of the President's request to speak directly to the students. The auditorium's 500+ seats were filled mostly by students from the three universities and its partner universities in Kansai filled the auditorium's over 500 seats.They played an important part in the Q & A session with President Van Rompuy.
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*EUIJ-Kansai is a consortium formed by Kobe University (coordinating university of the consortium), Kwansei Gakuin University and Osaka University, with financial support from the European Commission.