Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Nippon Foundation and NTNU
The summer of last year the Nippon foundation launched a Ocean Innovation Project, and in July an International Symposium on Capacity building for Sustainable Oceans was held in Tokyo. The Nippon foundation writes that “The Ocean is essential to human life. Today, however, the world’s seas and oceans face a variety of problems, including pollution, kidnapping and piracy, and the depletion of marine food resources. Resolving these problems requires human resources”. In an attempt to further educate talented students to tackle these problems, the Nippon Foundation is initiating cooperation with likeminded countries. Naturally, the ocean state of Norway has been of interest.
The Nippon Foundation and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 24th, 2017. The signing was witnessed by the Nippon Foundation president Mr. Takeju Ogata and the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Monica Mæland. The Memorandum of Understanding is an attempt to create new opportunities in capacity building in offshore/ocean engineering between Japan and Norway. This will provide an enabling framework to promote exchange of expertise, capacity building, and research collaboration in the field.
NTNU and the Nippon Foundation are planning to hold a summer school for Japanese students at NTNU in Trondheim in August this year, within the field of offshore/ocean engineering. This cooperation will hopefully further strengthen the research cooperation between our two countries in relation to ocean development.