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UiB and NTNU establish presence in Japan through the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo

The University of Bergen (UiB) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) are joining forces to establish a collaboration with Trade and Technology Office (Innovation Norway) of the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo. The purpose is to strengthen research and educational cooperation with Japan.

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Japan and Norway are marine nations with many common problems and challenges. UiB and NTNU already collaborate with Japanese institutions in areas such as oceanography, energy and environment. The collaboration includes research, research education and student exchange.

To strengthen and broaden this collaboration, UiB and NTNU now team up in creating a new position as adviser in Tokyo at the Trade and Technology Office (Innovation Norway) of the Norwegian Embassy.

– This is very exciting. We have great expectations for our new establishment in Tokyo, says UiB Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

– Japanese universities are of high quality, and we see many areas where we can cooperate. I look forward to deepening and strengthening our collaborative relationships in Japan, says NTNU Rector Gunnar Bovim. 

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NTNU and the University of Bergen unite on a locally recruited staff member who will be a part of the working community at the premises of the Trade and Technology Office at the Norwegian Embassy. The project will run for two years.

Rectors Gunnar Bovim (NTNU) and Dag Rune Olsen (UiB) will sign an agreement on this matter with Innovation Norway’s CEO Anita Krohn Traaseth in Oslo on 11 December.

- Through our partnership in Team Norway at the Embassy in Tokyo, we want to give our full support to UiB and NTNU to succeed in Japan. These universities are pioneers in establishing international partnerships, says Anita Krohn Traaseth in Innovation Norway.

Will strengthen and develop relations

A broad collaboration already exists between NTNU, University of Bergen and Japanese universities and research institutes. The aim is to utilize the effects of prolonged existing cooperation in the form of funded projects, publications and mobility for researchers and students. It may also be appropriate to develop cooperation with institutions in new fields. Through this project NTNU and the University of Bergen want to deepen their relationship with Japanese partners and expertise in education and research sector and the business sector in the country.

To achieve these goals, the project will contribute with concrete measures such as:

  • Strengthen UiB and NTNU’s relationship with partners in Japan
  • Provide advice and information on Japanese institutions to NTNU and the University of Bergen
  • Creating meeting arenas for researchers, students and management
  • Facilitating the exchange of students and staff between NTNU and the University of Bergen and Japanese universities
  • Link research and education activities to the business community

University of Bergen currently cooperates with Japanese universities in climate, marine, energy and polar research as well as Japanese linguistics, and will seek to collaborate in new areas such as health sciences, social sciences and law.

NTNU has longstanding partnerships with Japanese universities in disciplines and areas such as physics, mathematics, neuroscience, energy, environment, materials science and international politics. NTNU has a separate Japan Program and has since 2003 led the Kyoto International Forum for Energy and Environment KIFEE.