Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)

Visit to Nederlands and France (Overseas Partner Meeting)

April 05, 2018

Prof. Shun Hirota from the Division of Materials Science (DMS) visited 3 partner universities in the Nederlands and France from March 11th to 17th, 2018. He discussed double degree programs, introduced NAIST, held a seminar and exchanged opinions on student/faculty exchange with each institute.

Leiden University

On March 12th, Prof. Hirota visited Leiden University. In the morning, he had a meeting with Prof. Marcellus Ubbink from the Leiden Institute of Chemistry. Prof. Hirota first introduced NAIST then discussed future collaboration and research. After that, Prof. Hirota had a meeting with Ms. Gloria Schildwacht, Coordinator Student Exchange from Faculty of Science.
Next, Prof. Hirota had a lunch meeting with the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Geert de Snoo. Both professors introduced the academic activities of each university, and discussed the possibility of future student/faculty exchange and the possibility of adapting a double-degree program.
In the afternoon, Prof. Hirota had a meeting with the incoming Director of Leiden Institute of Physics, Faculty of Science, Prof. Jan Aarts, and discussed student exchange. After that, Prof. Hirota visited Prof. Gerard Canters in Leiden Institute of Physics, and discussed their research and future academic collaboration.
In the evening, Prof. Hirota had a meeting with several students from the Study Association for Chemistry Students at Leiden University. They discussed the Leiden Institute of Chemistry students' visit to NAIST in July, 2018.

Delft University of Technology

On March 13th, Prof. Hirota visited Delft University of Technology. In the morning, Prof. Hirota had a meeting with Assoc. Prof. Ryoichi Ishihara from the Quantum & Computer Engineering. Prof. Hirota heard about the research life of NAIST students' who stayed at Delft University of Technology in the past. After that, they discussed academic collaboration in the future.


Meeting with Assoc. Prof. Ishihara

In the afternoon, Prof. Hirota held a research seminar for faculty members and doctoral course students at the Department of Biotechnology, Biocatalysis, and introduced NAIST and its research achievements. After that, Prof. Hirota visited a laboratory in the Department of Biotechnology, and had a meeting with Prof. Ulf Hanefeld. They discussed student and research exchange. After that, Prof. Hirota had a meeting with Assis. Prof. Peter-Leon Hagendoom in the Department of Biotechnology, and visited a laboratory. There they discussed their research. After that, Prof. Hirota had a meeting with Assoc. Prof. Frank Hollmann to discuss their research.


Meeting with Dr. Frank Hollmann

Université Paul Sabatier (UPS)

On March 14th, Prof. Hirota joined the NAIST delegation group of Vice President/Executive Director Prof. Kiyomi Kakiuchi, Vice Dean Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai, Assoc. Prof. Masato Miyake and URA Dr. Takahito Shikano. They had a meeting with Prof. Gwenael Rapenne from UPS/CNRS-Centre d'Élaboration de Matériaux et d'Etudes Structurale (CNRS-CEMES), and discussed the double degree program and research exchange.
In the morning of March 15th, the NAIST delegation visited UPS, and had a meeting with Vice President for International Relations, Prof. Fabrice Dumas, Vice President for Research Affairs, Prof. Alexis Valentin, Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Physics, Chemistry and Material Sciences, Prof. Joël Douin, Administrative Head of the International Office, Mrs K. Bergeaud, Prof. Rapenne, and Team Leader Dr Christelle Hureau from UPS/ CNRS-Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (CNRS-LCC). They discussed the current situation of international relations and double degree program, and agreed that the two institutes would further strengthen their relationship. After that, Vice Dean Prof. Douin passed the Certificate of Completion to Vice Dean Prof. Kawai, for the two students who just completed double degree program.


Discussion at UPS

NAIST delegation with UPS faculty members

In the afternoon, Prof. Hirota visited and observed Dr Hureau's laboratory. They discussed a research plan for another student who is interested in the double degree program.