The Graduate School of System Informatics and Education Center on Computational Science of Kobe University concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo.
- June 16, 2016
On 2 June in Tokyo, the Graduate School of System Informatics and Education Center on Computational Science of Kobe University concluded an inter-faculty Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo. A signing ceremony was held at Tokyo Plaza Heisei, where the Japan-Norway Arctic Science and Innovation Week (ASIW) 2016 had been taking place. The signing was executed by Professor TAMAKI Hisashi (Dean of the Graduate School of System Informatics) and Professor Svein Stølen (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences). In the presence of Mr. Erling Rimestad (Ambassador of Norway to Japan) and other distinguished guests, Professor YUI Kiyomitsu (Executive Assistant to the President in Charge of International Collaboration, Kobe University) and Dr. Bjørn Haugstad (Deputy Minister, The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research) gave encouraging speeches on behalf of their respective institutions.
The background of this MoU is the Japan-Norway Partnership Programme, a two-year joint research project from 2015 to 2016 on numerical simulation concerning observatory experiments of spacecraft in the auroral region. This Project aims to determine through numerical simulation the effects which spacecraft launched in Norway have on the peripheral ionospheric plasma environment in the observed region. This Project sees the collaboration between, from the Kobe University side, Professor USUI Hideyuki (Graduate School of System Informatics) and Associate Professor MIYAKE Yohei (Education Center on Computational Science), who have been investigating the mutual interaction of satellites and space plasma environment through the use of supercomputer, and, from the University of Oslo side, the 4D Space Strategic Research Initiative headed by Associate Professor Wojciech Miloch. This project is unique in that it conducts student education through supercomputing related to cutting-edge research topics: currently a numerical simulation workshop both in Kobe and Oslo, writing of international joint paper, and exchange visit of students and staff are being planned.
The signing ceremony, attended also by representatives from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, Innovation Norway, Research Council of Norway, and the Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education, turned out to be an excellent opportunity for increasing the international presence of Kobe University.
（Graduate School of System Informatics）