Tohoku University

Tohoku University

May 24, 2006 08:04 ET

Tohoku University of Japan Announces Opening of Global Strategic Development Office in the Heart of Silicon Valley, California, U.S.

PALO ALTO, CA--(CCNMatthews - May 24, 2006) -

Tohoku University's U.S. Office Aims to Become an Epicenter of Collaborations for the University, Overseas Academia and Other International Communities

Tohoku University, a leading research university in Japan, announced today that it opened a U.S. representative office in Palo Alto, CA. The U.S. Office was established as a semi-governmental agency and an official subsidiary of the University.

"We are very excited about the opening of the U.S. Office," says Tetsuo Shoji, Director of Tohoku University U.S. Office. "The U.S. Office will spearhead the efforts to strengthen Tohoku University's presence in the world as a leading collaborative research institution."

The U.S. Office was established for the following objectives:

-- To promote research and educational achievements of the University
to the U.S. and Europe
-- To become the innovative and structured epicenter of knowledge and
wisdom originated from the University
-- To strengthen its presence in the world by pursuing the mission
(see below)
-- To support the University to smoothly return the University's
achievements to international communities

Its mission includes:

-- Supporting strategic application of research achievements to the
-- Supporting collaboration with overseas academia and international
organizations (planning and holding symposiums and seminars;
developing collaborative research and contract research)
-- Supporting cooperative educational opportunities with overseas
academia and international organizations for symposium, distant
learning, e-learning, short- and long-term overseas education
-- Supporting Tohoku University Global Promotion Center
-- Supporting formation of an alumni organization in the U.S. and its

The newly established U.S. office is located at:

4410 El Camino Real, Suite 111
Los Altos, CA 94022, USA
Phone: 650-947-0664 (effective 5/29/06)
650-321-5324 (until 5/28/06)

The staffing includes Director (Executive Vice President for Research), Deputy Director (Professor), Financial Officer, R&D Officers (one professor, five associate professors), etc.

About Tohoku University

Tohoku University was founded in 1907 as the third imperial university, during the period when Japan had begun to transform itself into a modernized society. Since then, it has played a leading role in both research and education in Japan, and is now ranked among the top universities in the Asia-Pacific region. From the start, Tohoku University has maintained uniqueness within Japan. The university has always conceived strong loyalty to science while other former imperial universities have tried to meet the governmental needs. This has resulted in remarkable success in the University's own research and also the cultivation of brilliant students.

Most recently, Tohoku University has been striving for global excellence under the slogan "Tohoku University, Creating Global Excellence," providing opportunities for world-class research and education. Tohoku University is located in the northern part of Honshu Island -- the main island of Japan -- in the City of Sendai.

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