KIFEE is strengthening research and education cooperation through INTPART
Inspired by the Kyoto Protocol the Japanese-Norwegian research and education network “Kyoto International Forum for Environment and Energy” (KIFEE) was established in 2004. It has since then been an important arena for strengthening the strategic cooperation between our two countries for providing new solutions to build a sustainable future.
KIFEE has recently received funds through the program INTPART (INTernational PARTnership for outstanding education and research) from the The Research Council of Norway and Centre for Internation Cooperation in Education (SIU), to increase the institutional cooperation in the KIFEE network through increased researcher and student mobility.
Two KIFEE personalities, Prof Bjørn E. Christensen (NTNU), the coordinator on Norwegian side and Prof Geir Martin Haarberg (NTNU), one of the most active contributors to the KIFEE network visited recently the Japanese coordinator in KIFEE, Doshisha University in Kyoto, to kick-start the INPART activities. They were met by the in-coming president of Doshisha, Prof Matsuoka as well as the core of the management team to discuss ways to implement mobility schemes effectively.
– KIFEE has primarily been an arena for research collaboration, but where both education and industry always have been invited in. With INTPART project we will intensify efforts to integrate education in this cooperation. The INTPART project will contribute to more co-publications and involvement of more strong research groups in Japan that can provide us expertise, knowledge and infrastructure, says Geir Martin Haarberg, who has participated in KIFEE from the very beginning.
Prof. Bjørn E. Christensen regards the first meeting as an important milestone for the 3-year project. – We have consolidated cooperation and informed our Japanese partners about what is new in the educational context. Furthermore there is a great interest in establishing double degree programs with some of the partner universities in KIFEE who have experience with this, he says. – We will soon announce funds for the exchange of students, interns, researchers and guest professors, both ways.
Last KIFEE-8 symposium was held in Trondheim in September 2015. – We have had an exciting KIFEE-7 meeting in Kyoto (2014) and our Japanese partners are now working to prepare the program for the next KIFEE-9 symposium in Kyoto, which most probably will be 7 -10 March 2017, says Professor Geir Martin Haarberg.
The INTPART kick-off meeting participants gathering for the group photo at Doshisha University.