Courtesy Call to President Harada Made by Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, Australia

On August 19, 2015, Professor Andrew Parfitt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Newcastle, Australia, paid a courtesy call to President Shinji Harada and Trustee Yasumichi Matsumoto (in charge of Research and Social Contribution).

Kumamoto University has enjoyed a partnership with the University of Newcastle for almost 30 years, since 1986. Both universities have dispatched and accepted exchange students. Many Kumamoto students have gone to Newcastle to attend intensive language courses.

President Harada and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Parfitt shared their views on topics such as exchanges among researchers and among students through the Top Global University Project and the Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities of Kumamoto University. The two sides agreed to further promote university-level exchange activities.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Parfitt also met with Professor Jun Otani, Dean of the Graduate School of Science and Technology, and Distinguished Professor Takashi Hiyama. They shared views about academic exchanges in the field of natural science.



Deputy Vice-Chancellor Parfitt and President Harada


Deputy Vice-Chancellor Parfitt (2nd from left) and Trustee Matsumoto (center)


From left: Distinguished Professor Hiyama, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Parfitt, Dean Otani (Graduate School of Science and Technology), and Assistant Director Shuichi Torii (College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies)