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Durham University (UK) and the University of Bucharest (Romania) Conclude Inter-University Academic and Student Exchange Agreement with Kumamoto University

On November 19th and 20th, Kumamoto University concluded an inter-university academic and student exchange agreement with Durham University (UK) and the University of Bucharest (Romania) respectively.

 

Durham University is recognized as one of the top universities in the United Kingdom. Out of 33 subjects, 20 subjects received top ratings in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). The university hosts approximately 4,000 international students from 156 countries. Since 2014, when Durham University launched the Japanese Studies Course, the faculties of these universities have deepened exchanges to include visits to each other’s campuses. At the signing ceremony held at Durham University, Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor Stuart Corbridge signed the agreement and concluded with a firm handshake with Kumamoto University’s Vice-President Kazuki Takashima. This agreement is expected to promote exchanges among university faculty, researchers and students.

 

The University of Bucharest is a national university with the longest history and tradition in Romania. It has been the center of Japanese studies and Japanese language studies for Eastern Europe. The signing ceremony was concurrent with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Language Department of the University of Bucharest.

 

These two exchange agreements have raised the total number of partner universities and institutions of Kumamoto University to 189, covering 40 countries and regions.

 

Vice-Chancellor Corbridge and Vice-President Takashima at the signing ceremony at Durham University

Vice-Chancellor Corbridge and Vice-President Takashima at the signing ceremony at Durham University

Vice-Rector Magdalena Iordache-Platis, Japanese Ambassador to Romania Kisaburo Ishii, and Vice-President Takashima at the signing ceremony at the University of Bucharest

Vice-Rector Magdalena Iordache-Platis, Japanese Ambassador to Romania Kisaburo Ishii, and Vice-President Takashima at the signing ceremony at the University of Bucharest