MOU between three Schools in Engineering and Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London: Colloquium on May 14th and MOU Signing Ceremony on May 15th, 2019

MOU between three Schools in Engineering and Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London: Colloquium on May 14th and MOU Signing Ceremony on May 15th, 2019

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A team from Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London (CSM) visited the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and both sides officially signed MOU. We will further promote collaboration in academic research, education, and university-industry partnership. On May 15th, after a meeting between President Kazuya Masu of Tokyo Tech and head of CSM, Prof. Jeremy Till, the MOU signing ceremony was attended by Prof. Mitsuji Sampei (Associate Dean of School of Engineering), Prof. Yuji Wada (Dean of School of Materials and Chemical Technology), Prof. Norihiro Nakai (Dean of School of Environment and Society), Prof. Shigeki Nakagawa (Director of International Cooperation Office. Engineering Schools), Prof. Kayoko Nohara (School of Environment and Society, WRHI research hub member) from Tokyo Tech, and Prof. Till (Head of School), Rachel Dickson (Dean of Academic Programmes), and Gemma Proudley (International Partnerships Development Manager) from CSM. The participants exchanged opinions on the further promotion of collaborative research and partnership.

Before the MOU signing ceremony, a colloquium was held on May 14th. Eleven faculty members from Tokyo Tech (Prof. Kayoko Nohara, Prof. Junichi Takada, Prof. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Prof. Masahiro Susa, Prof. Haruyuki Fujii, Prof. Daisuke Kurabayashi, Prof. Minoru Nakayama, Assoc. Prof. Naoya Abe, Assoc. Prof. Wataru Hijikata, and Hiroshi Tsuda (Executive officer of Concent, Inc.), and Susumu Yoneyama (URA)), four from CSM (Prof. Till, Ms. Dickson, and Dr. Betti Marenko(Programme Leader/WRHI Specially Appointed Professor) and Dr. Ulrike Oberlack(Course Coodinator/ WRHI Specially Appointed Professor)) gathered. Heather Barnett and Nathan Cohen also joined from London via Skype. During the colloquium, in addition to launching the White Paper, Becoming Hybrid, which reflects the collaboration between the two universities in the past two and a half years and celebrated and celebrating the official MOU, the participants also joined a workshop utilizing LEGO to consider the methodology and meaning of Transdisciplinarity.

The first stage of the research of “Existential Wearable Project ~Science/technology × Art/design~” ended successfully with the invitation of researchers from CSM and support from WRHI. After the signing MOU as a new start, we sincerely look forward to further collaboration in the coming days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kayoko Nohara