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Tokyo Tech announces new collaboration site in Berkeley


Japan’s largest science and technology-focused university settles in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Tokyo Institute of Technology announced the launch of Tokyo Tech ANNEX Berkeley last week, describing it in a Press release as a hub for presenting the university’s research and fostering international collaboration. This is Tokyo Tech’s third new international satellite hub in four years, following others in Bangkok, Thailand in 2018 and Aachen, Germany in 2019, with the stated goal of supporting the global education and research.

University research administrator Hiroo Ueda, nominated to be the director of Tokyo Tech ANNEX Berkeley, said in a public statement that the new site coincides with the university’s 140th anniversary.

“For many years, collaboration with partner universities in the United States and many other countries has been a vital and integral part of Tokyo Tech’s teaching and research,” said Ueda. “It is crucial to have a hub in Berkeley, the cradle of advanced technology and innovation.

It remains to be seen exactly what research the new site will conduct and share, although highlights of the university’s recent work on its website run the gamut from genetics to cell biology, superconductors and technology. low carbon emission. The university’s website summarizes its 2019-2020 research apparatus into six categories: electrical and computer engineering, mechanical and civil engineering, mathematics and physics, life sciences and technologies, transdisciplinary and social sciences, and the one with the faculty the most associated, chemistry and materials.

Tokyo Tech’s executive vice president for education, Tetsuya Mizumoto, said in a public statement that the Berkeley site could lead not only to joint research, but to new startups and school programs.

“With an emphasis on collaboration, the establishment of Tokyo Tech ANNEX Berkeley makes the promotion of joint research in basic and applied sciences a distinct possibility,” said Mizumoto. “It will further support innovation by providing a US-based launch pad for Tokyo Tech startups. The hub will also facilitate the student exchange process between Japan and the United States. Such an exchange can also lead to the development of new joint education programs.