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release date:2006.06.28

Joint seminar with University of Bordeaux 1, France

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Kyushu University and University of Bordeaux 1 have been actively interacting through joint research. over the last quarter century since the conclusion of the academic exchange agreement in 1981. University of Bordeaux 1 was the first university that Kyushu University concluded an international exchange agreement, which now includes more than 80 universities. Currently, Kyushu University has an exchange agreement with a total of seven institutions – four universities in Bordeaux (University of Bordeaux 1, 2, 3 and 4) and three grandes écoles (The National Graduate School of Chemistry and Physics of Bordeaux, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d Electronique, Informatique et Radiocommunications de Bordeaux, Ecole d Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux).


On Wednesday, June 28, the "1st University of Bordeaux 1 - Kyushu University Joint Seminar" was co-hosted by the two universities and held at University of Bordeaux 1. "Molecule and materials chemistry", which both universities take pride in their high level of study and research exchange, was chosen for the subject of the first seminar, and more than 100 researchers and students attended the seminar.


Preceding the opening of the seminar, the presidents of the two universities expressed their goals. Mr. Alain Boudou, President of University of Bordeaux 1 commented, "I hope that this seminar further strengthens the partnership that has been nurtured between the two universities." Mr. Tisato Kajiyama, President of Kyushu University, commented, "I hope that this seminar will provide opportunities for fruitful exchange and invite more exchange agreements in the future." Also, Mr. Jean-Marc Gauzere, Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux City (in charge of university education and exchange), expressed his expectation, "I hope that active exchange between the two universities and between Bordeaux and Fukuoka will be further promoted."
 
 At the beginning of the seminar, Professor Philippe Bopp, University of Bordeaux 1, and Professor Toshihiko Nagamura, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University introduced the university systems in France and Japan and exchanged their opinions.


It was followed by the presentations by Professor Toshihiko Nagamura, Fumi Ariura who graduated from the School of Engineering, Kyushu University and now studies in the PhD program at University of Bordeaux 1, and Professor Tsutomu Katsuki, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University, which concluded the morning session.


In the afternoon,
Professor Nobuo Kimizuka, - Faculty of Engineering, Professor Hiroshi Kitagawa, - Faculty of Sciences, Professor Masahiro Irie (received honorary doctor from University of Bordeaux 1 in December 2003), - Faculty of Engineering from Kyushu University, Reiko Oda, IECB group leader, Doctor Corine Mathoniere, and Doctor Andre Del Guerzo from University Bordeaux 1 gave presentations on the latest molecular study and materials chemistry study respectively. Attendants actively asked questions after each presentation, which were followed by enthusiastic discussions.
 
Student exchange is scheduled this fall, in which one student from University of Bordeaux 1, three students from University of Bordeaux 3 and one student from University of Bordeaux 4 will study at Kyushu University. In the next year, it is planned that students from Kyushu University will be sent to Bordeaux.


The next joint seminar is planned to be held in Fukuoka.
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