Representatives of Shibaura Institute of Technology recognised as AGH UST Honorary Consuls

Two representatives of  Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) received the titles of  AGH UST Honorary Consuls. The official ceremony was held in Tokyo, Japan on 1 November 2017. AGH UST was represented by the University Rector – prof. Tadeusz Słomka,  Vice-Rector for General Affairs – prof. Mirosław Karbowniczek and porf. Janusz Szmyd, who is the official Rector’s proxy in charge of contacts with Japanese partners.

The President of SIT Mr Hisaya Igarashi received the title in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the implementation of the strategy for internationalisation of students from AGH UST and SIT. Professor Akito Takasaki was granted the honour for his valuable contribution to the development of scientific and educational cooperation between the two institutions.

The titles of AGH UST Honorary Consul were awarded during the series of events commemorating the 90th. anniversary of the establishment of  Shibaura Institute of Technology. One of the event’s highlights was a concert by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which concluded the ceremony with Poland’s national anthem.

The visit of the AGH UST authorities to Japan was a welcome opportunity to present an overview of the close cooperation between the two universities, which dates back to 2004. The cooperation is focused not only on research activity (mainly in the field of electrical and materials engineering) as it also promotes student exchange schemes and joint doctoral programmes (double degree programme agreements). Shibaura Institute of Technology is AGH UST’s leading Japanese partner university. This private college, with a campus located in a central district of Tokyo, can accommodate over 8 thousand students. In September 2014 SIT was named one of the best Japanese colleges and universities, which receive special support from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology under the Top Global University Project.

AGH UST attaches special importance to scientific cooperation with Japanese institutions. The first official partnership agreement, which was signed in 1983 with Kyoto University, established mutual recognition of study programmes. As of today, AGH UST has been pursuing cooperation with twelve Japanese universities and colleges (including Tokyo, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Tohoku universities) as well as numerous Japanese institutions and companies.

A good example of the exemplary cooperation between AGH UST and its Japanese partners is the agreement signed with Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) and the mutual research work conducted by the two institutions. The cooperation has been successfully developed for several years, aiming at the implementation of various projects related to clean coal technologies.