NTNU in Tokyo
NTNU and the University of Bergen (UiB) have an agreement (in Norwegian) with Innovation Norway in Tokyo in an effort to increase research and education partnerships with Japanese universities, research institutions and industries. An adviser at Innovation Norway's Tokyo office assists the universities in developing our cooperation with academic, institutional and industry partners in Japan.
Why it is wise to go to Japan
Video with Hiroshi Matsumoto, NTNU's man in Japan, and Svein Grandum at Innovation Norway in Japan: Why is it wise for researchers and students to go to Japan – and what may Japanese people learn from Norway?
Hiroshi Matsumoto: – I am ready to build good research collaborations between Norway and Japan
Hiroshi Matsumoto is NTNU and UiB's common adviser for research, technology and higher education in Japan.
Matsumoto's position and workplace is at Innovation Innovation Norway's office at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, 5 Chome-12-2 Minamiazabu, Minato, Tokyo 106-0047, Japan.
Hiroshi Matsumoto will work to strengthen NTNU's many cooperative relations with Japan, provide advice and information regarding Japanese institutions, create meeting places for researchers, students and management, facilitate student exchanges and create ties between research and education and the business sector. Matsumoto will also frequently visit NTNU.
Hiroshi Matsumoto has previously worked as a researcher in plasma physics and nuclear physics. He has a wealth of experience from international research projects, including cooperative projects between the US and Japan and between the EU and Japan. Matsumoto has lived and worked outside Japan for 17 years, mainly in France. He has a large network of contacts from in Japanese research institutions, and has been been responsible for coordinating Japan's participation in Horizon 2020 in recent years.
What is happening?
Excellent researchers in Japan, a country purported to have the highest proportion of elderly citizens (in Norwegian). Universitetsavisa (NTNU's news paper), 25 October 2016.
Japan-Norway collaboration on aluminium alloys. Connecting education and research: An Agreement about a three year international partnership project (INTPART) was signed at The Royal Embassy in Tokyo, March 2016.
KIFEE has received INTPART funding and initiates equivalent activities with partner institutions in Japan within the KIFEE network.