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Conclusion of MOU with Kyoto University and online public dialogue with President of Kyoto University

September 2020

On September 2, in commemoration of the conclusion of an MOU with Kyoto University, JETRO conducted an online public dialogue between President YAMAGIWA Juichi of Kyoto University and Chairman and CEO SASAKI Nobuhiko of JETRO.

Based on the MOU which was concluded between Kyoto University and JETRO on March 11 2020, the following activities are already being carried out: (1) Assisting ventures originating from the university, (2) Promoting international collaboration between industry and academia and (3) Cultivating and securing global human resources in Japan. Initially, a symposium was scheduled to be held on the day of the conclusion. However it was canceled due to Covid-19, and the online dialogue was held instead.

Under the theme of "Deepening Cooperation between Universities and Society Sought by the Covid-19 Era” of the dialogue, in expectation for comprehensive collaboration, the parties had a lively discussion on how universities, society and industrial circles should collaborate under various restrictions. The video of their dialogue can be seen from the right.

JETRO will continue working together with Kyoto University on various aspects based on the following pillars:

Key points of collaboration

(1) Assisting ventures originating from the university
JETRO and Kyoto University will cooperatively provide support for cultivating venture entrepreneurs emerging from the university. Through leveraging its overseas network, JETRO will make efforts to assist seed ventures originating from Kyoto University in expanding business overseas and promote exchange with overseas venture capital firms and accelerators.
(2) Promoting international collaboration between industry and academia
JETRO will facilitate joint research and collaboration between Kyoto University and domestic and overseas companies. Through the Open Innovation Support Desk which JETRO and Kyoto University will jointly establish within the university, both parties will introduce incubation facilities possessed by Kyoto University and related communities consisting of startups and researchers to companies and research and development bases (in particular overseas companies) wishing for collaboration and joint research.
(3) Cultivating and securing global human resources in Japan
The parties will provide opportunities for interaction between global human resources, including international students from Kyoto University who wish to find employment or start a business in Japan, and companies supported by JETRO.

The online public dialogue

Online pubic dialogue "Deepening Cooperation between Universities and Society Sought by the Covid-19 Era"

Date Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Presenters
  • YAMAGIWA Juichi, President, Kyoto University
  • SASAKI Nobuhiko, Chairman and CEO, JETRO
  • (Moderator)
    MAKINO Naofumi, Chief Director, JETRO Kyoto