Japan-Norway collaboration on aluminum alloys – Connecting education and research
An agreement about a three-year INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP project (INTPART) was signed today at The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo. The project, which is named The Norwegian-Japanese Aluminium alloy Research and Education Collaboration, is a new type of project funded by The Research Council of Norway, and Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education, higher education and research institutions, as well as by distinguished academic environments in prioritized countries outside Europe. The project focuses particularly on connecting education and research with business.
The five partners of this project – University of Toyama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Hydro Aluminium, SINTEF and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) – have done collaborative work over a long period of time, and recently they completed a successful research project (2009 – 2014): through this project the partners managed to establish a collaborative spirit and develop relations that are important for the INTPART project in regards to education. The project will contain joint workshops, research collaborations, as well as the exchange of students and lecturers from professional and educational fields. The use of advanced transmission electron microscopes for the development of aluminium alloys is the core of the collaboration. Master/Ph.D. students from Norway will exchange to Japan and vice versa, and their time of stay will vary between short to long periods. Furthermore, Japanese students will also do internships at Hydro R&D centre at Sunndalsøra in Norway. The project leader for this project is Prof. Randi Holmestad from the Institute of Physics at NTNU.
The signing ceremony was conducted in Ambassador Erling Rimestads’ residence at the Embassy. In conjunction with said ceremony, the first workshop between students from NTNU, Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Toyama was held at Tokyo Institute of Technology: 110 students in total participated in the workshop, whereof 65 of them were excursion students in Tokyo coming from the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of NTNU. The topics of the workshop were cultural exchange, energy and environment, as well as gender equality.