【Event Report】University of Washington-Tohoku University Academic Open Space Renewal Signing Ceremony

On April 18 (local time), Consul General Inagaki participated in the renewal signing ceremony of the University of Washington-Tohoku University Academic Open Space (AOS). This signing ceremony was held online, connecting Seattle (University of Washington) and Sendai (Tohoku University) in real time.

President Cauce of the University of Washington (left) and President Ohno of Tohoku University (right) giving opening remarks

Presidents of both universities holding the signed agreements

The AOS was established in April 2017. Both universities have since held joint symposiums and published co-authored papers with an emphasis on promoting joint research, in addition to the exchanges between students. Over the past five years, they have published more than 40 co-authored papers and held a disaster prevention symposium in February 2018 with co-sponsorship by our office. During the pandemic, collaboration has steadily continued online.

Both universities have announced that the AOS, which will enter its second term with this renewal, will continue to collaborate in the same fields of study, such as disaster prevention, as in the first term and will deepen cooperation with an emphasis on diversity.

Professor Ouchi of the University of Washington (Outgoing AOS Director) reporting on AOS's efforts so far

Professor Sasaki of the University of Washington (Incoming AOS Director) describing his goals for AOS in the future

The collaboration between the University of Washington and Tohoku University is one of the most successful academic collaborations between universities. Our office will continue to support the AOS and hopes that the relationship between these universities will grow even stronger in the future.

Consul General Inagaki delivering a message