On Wednesday, December 21, 2005, Kyushu University and Waseda University concluded a Basic Cooperative Agreement, with the objective of enhancing the development of research and education at both universities. This agreement seeks to contribute to research, education, and cooperation between industry and academia and international exchanges, and to the mutual development of both universities. This is the first time that a comprehensive cooperative agreement has been concluded between a national and private university.
At the press conference after the signing ceremony, Dr. Tisato Kajiyama (President, Kyushu University) expressed his desire stating, "Mutual exchanges between both universities in various fields of research and education will be facilitated through this agreement. I would like our universities to cooperate in ways never seen before." Dr. Katsuhiko Shirai, President of Waseda University, expressed his expectations, saying, "While competition with universities around the world is necessary, this type of cooperation will lead to the improvement of universities throughout Japan."