Events

July 5, 2021

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office visit

From iCeMS, in addition to Director Kitagawa (fourth from right in the front row) and Deputy Director Suzuki (far left in the front row), Deputy Director Aiko Fukazawa (far right in the front row), Deputy Director Motonari Uesugi (monitor right), PI Meeting Chair Ken-ichiro Kamei (far right in the back row), Professor Shuhei Furukawa (second from right in the back row), Director of Research Support Division Kazumitsu Ueda (center in the back row), and Visiting Professor Jeff Chen (monitor left) participated in the meeting.

On June 29, H.E. Representative Frank Hsieh and a delegation from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan visited iCeMS.

The meeting served as a chance to share ideas about ongoing academic exchange through the Center for Integrated Biosystems, an on-site laboratory in Taiwan jointly operated by iCeMS and Academia Sinica; and the iCeMS Taiwan Office, which was established to strengthen collaboration with Taiwanese universities. And furthermore, how Kyoto University as a whole and Taiwan can build links going forward.

Kyoto University Vice President Yasuyuki Kono introduced the current status of academic and student exchange between Kyoto University and Taiwanese universities and departments. Next, Associate Professor Han Liyou, who oversees student exchange in East Asia (Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences), introduced Kyoto University's student exchange activities. Afterwards, Director Susumu Kitagawa outlined iCeMS research activities and Deputy Director Jun Suzuki introduced the activities of the Center for Integrated Biosystems, and the iCeMS Taiwan Office.

Following the introduction of the academic exchange between Taiwan and Kyoto University by the delegation from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, President Nagahiro Minato and Executive Vice-President Kyoko Inagaki joined in the lively discussion regarding future collaboration between the participants.

Suzuki commented, "In the future, we would like to develop a new medical field through collaboration with Taiwan to detect and treat abnormalities before they become illnesses.” In addition, Kitagawa said, "We would like to develop basic research along with active Taiwanese researchers that will blossom in a few decades.”