“Inaugurated the BC3-NUT Office for coordination of the relations between Japan and Europe within the framework of Japan’s Top Global University”

“Inaugurated the BC3-NUT Office for coordination of the relations between Japan and Europe within the framework of Japan’s Top Global University (TGU) Nagaoka University of Technology”

 

 

Highlights

-The BC3-NUT Office has been officially opened at the headquarters of BC3 – Basque Center for Climate Change in Leioa. Its mission is to coordinate the relations between Europe and Japan within the framework of Japan’s Top Global University (TGU) Project together with the Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT, Japan).

-The attraction of this project to THE Basque Country is the result of the collaboration between BC3 and NUT, with the aid of bizkaia: talent.

On 22 May 2017 the BC3-NUT Office was inaugurated at the BC3 headquarters in Leioa, through a telematic ceremony with the official delegation of the Top Global University (TGU) project of the Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT). Attending the ceremony were the Office Coordinators: Ikerbasque Research Professor and Ramón y Cajal Fellow Sérgio Henrique Faria, and Junior Researcher Itxaso Ruiz. Also attending were BC3 Scientific Director and Ikerbasque Research Professor María José Sanz, and BC3 Operations Manager Nerea Ortiz.

Lead by BC3 and NUT, this Office aims to promote and coordinate technical and scientific exchange between Japan, the Basque Country, and Europe. To this end, the office shall assist in the international mobility of students, professionals and academics between these regions. It shall also strengthen the international presence of Japanese, Basque and European SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), through the promotion of joint development of new techniques and technologies.

This novel exchange model is part of a strategic initiative of the Japanese government, to generate within a decade, a world-class campus of excellence with global connections and in close interaction with innovative and sustainable SMEs.
In the first phase of this project, up to 10 undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering of the Mondragon University and/or in engineering studies at the University of Deusto have the opportunity to participate annually in exchange projects with Japanese companies and combine their training with academic stays at NUT. Japanese students undertake similar stays in the Basque Country. There is also the active exchange between professionals and researchers from both regions, through visits, stays and collaborations in projects.

It is envisaged in the second phase of this project, which begins now with the inauguration of the BC3-NUT Office, the incorporation of the University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (EHU), with which negotiations are currently ongoing, as well as the establishment of new relationships among Japanese, Basque and European SMEs.

The creation of this office has been made possible thanks to the work carried out by the BC3 team, led by Prof. Sérgio Henrique Faria, with the collaboration of several Basque institutions, in particular bizkaia:talent.

“The BC3-NUT Office aims to promote and coordinate technical and scientific exchange between Japan, the Basque Country, and Europe. We will assist in the international mobility of students, professionals and academics between these regions. We aim to strengthen the international presence of Japanese, Basque and European SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), through the promotion of joint development of new techniques and technologies.”

Sergio H. Faría, Ikerbasque Researcher Professor at BC3 and General Coordinator of the BC3-NUT Office

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