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Prof. Teruo Kishi received the award of an honorary doctorate from Charles University

(April 7, 2008) Prof. Teruo Kishi, NIMS president, received the award of an honorary doctorate from Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic.

"Photo: Prof. Kishi in his speech after receiving the award of honorary doctorate from Charles University" Image

Photo: Prof. Kishi in his speech after receiving the award of honorary doctorate from Charles University



Charles University is a prestigious university which boasts a history and tradition of 660 years since being founded in 1348, and is the oldest university in central Europe.

On April 7, 2002, NIMS concluded an International Joint Graduate School agreement with Charles University, becoming the first Independent Administrative Institution (IAI) in Japan to establish such a relationship with a university overseas. Since that time, NIMS has received and provided research guidance to 5 Ph.D. students from Charles University each year. NIMS is working to train outstanding human resources from other countries through this type of activity, and last year hired a Charles University graduate as a tenured researcher. The recent award to Prof. Kishi shows the high evaluation placed on these results.

On the day of the award, the honorary degree was bestowed on Prof. Kishi with the full tradition and formality of this event, with the Prime Minister and Ministers of the Czech Republic and the entire Faculty of the Charles University in attendance. On the day after the ceremony, a workshop was held with the aim of further strengthening the collaboration between Charles University and NIMS, and after mutual exchanges, the NIMS researchers who are scheduled to receive the graduate students from Charles University this year were given letters of commission as Visiting Professors by the President of Charles University.

NIMS hopes that this kind of international collaborative activity will contribute to the further development of science and technology in Japan and central Europe in the future.