Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s primary institution for educating the nation’s future engineers and scientists. The university also has strong programmes in the social sciences, teacher education, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art.
NTNU’s four Centres of Excellence
- Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS)
- Centre for Molecular Inflammation Research (CEMIR)
- Centre for Neural Computation (CNC)
- Centre for the Dynamics of Biological Diversity
NTNU’s four strategic areas 2014–2023
– Ocean science and technology
– Health, welfare and technology
– Sustainable societal development
More information: http://www.ntnu.edu/research/strategic_research_efforts
Two main areas in NTNU-Japan cooperation:
1. NTNUs Japan programme
NTNU’s Japan programme was formally established in 1998. The background was the recognition that industry needed staff with not only an education in technology or the natural sciences but also a sound grasp of the issues involved in international trade, interaction with other cultures and international institutions.
The Japan programme includes the following research areas:
Energy Policy in Japan: Energy security, nuclear power, reform of the electrical power sector (i.e. the break-up of regional monopolies and separation of generation from transmission/the grid), and renewable energy (including political, economic, and social barriers and opportunities for promoting renewables), and the influence of public opinion on energy policy.
Science and Technology policy and innovation
Japan’s foreign and security policies: Japan’s response to the rise of China as a military power, the influence of public opinion on security and defence policies, Japan’s promotion of regional security multilateralism.
Disaster relief and preparedness: the use of military institutions for disaster relief and disaster preparedness.
Elder care in Japan
The Japan programme offers three courses:
POL 2018: Introduction to Japanese culture, history, society, political and economic systems
POL 2019: East Asian International Politics
POL 3515/8515: Japanese and East Asian Comparative and International Politics
Read more about the courses: http://www.ntnu.edu/iss/research/japanprogram/courses
Read more about the Japan programme: http://www.ntnu.edu/iss/research/japanprogram/home
Director: Professor Paul Midford
2. NTNU and KIFEE (Kyoto International Forum for Environment and Energy)
NTNU has been involved in KIFEE since the first KIFEE Symposium was arranged in Kyoto in October 2004. The purpose of KIFEE is to develop an international arena for strategic cooperation between universities working to develop a sustainable society, inspired by the Kyoto Protocol, in the areas of Process Engineering, Electrolysis Systems and Advanced Inorganic Materials, Advanced Biological Materials, and Education. In addition to NTNU, the Norwegian partners in KIFEE are the University of Oslo, the University of Bergen, SINTEF, and the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE).
Read more about the NTNU-KIFEE cooperation: http://www.ntnu.edu/kifee