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On March 3–10 Rector of Riga Technical University (RTU) Academician Leonīds Ribickis will pay a working visit to the Land Of The Rising Sun in order to strengthen relations with Japanese higher education institutions and agree on cooperation.
Along with L. Ribickis, Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies Igors Tipāns and Dean of RTU Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology Jānis Grundspeņķis will also visit Japan.
RTU Rector will visit Kumamoto University and meet with the Rector. Both universities are interested in cooperation on student mobility and development of short-term courses for Japanese students at RTU, which was already discussed earlier this year. During the visit of RTU delegation a cooperation agreement could be signed.
L.Ribickis is planning to visit also Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo Denki University and Waseda University, and meet with their administration and specialists, as well as visit laboratories and student campuses. A meeting with representatives of the Robotics Society of Japan is also planned. The exchange of information and experience in the development of robot technologies is one of the goals of this visit. At the beginning of this year, within the framework of the visit of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, his spouse Akie Abe visited RTU and had an opportunity to see demonstration of the robot constructor Sumo Boy, which was created at RTU.
During the visit, a meeting is planned with the Latvian Ambassador to Japan, Dace Treija-Masī.
A close cooperation between RTU and Japan began already fifteen years ago. RTU has general cooperation agreements with three Japanese universities – Shizuoka University, Kobe University and Kindai University. Until now, a closer cooperation has been established with Shizuoka University, the cooperation agreement foresees a joint degree programme, student and staff mobility, as well as cooperation in scientific research and organization of scientific conferences. Researchers from RTU and Japanese universities have collaborated more closely in the field of material sciences. Delegations and lectors from Japan have visited RTU, where they gave lectures to RTU students and academic staff. Several students from Japan study at RTU.
Cooperation with Japan takes place not only in the field of education and science, but also in promoting culture and language.