Rector consolidates strategic partnership with Waseda University in Tokyo

The Rector of the University of Bonn, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch, has strengthened the strategic partnership with the prestigious Waseda University as part of a multi-day stay in Tokyo.

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Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch met his colleague at Waseda University, President Prof. Dr. Aiji Tanaka. Foto: Waseda University

In talks with the President of Waseda University, Professor Aiji Tanaka, the rector supported plans for a joint third-party project between the Bonn Life and Medical Sciences Institute (LIMES Institute) and the Center for Advanced Biomedical Sciences (TWIns) in Tokyo. "A successful initiative of this kind would further strengthen the cooperation with our strategic partner Waseda and give it a stable structure in the field of life sciences for years," said the rector.

Waseda University is not only one of the most historically important universities in Japan, which counts personalities such as the writer Haruki Murakami or the former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori among their graduates. Based on the Waseda Vision 150 - the strategic plan for the development until the 150th anniversary of the University in 2032 - it is currently considered one of the most dynamic Japanese universities. In 2020, the universities of Bonn and Waseda will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their partnership. The extraordinarily stable and lively cooperation will then be honored in a joint ceremony.

Since 2006, there has been a cooperation between the LIMES Institute and Waseda University, which was again celebrated on November 7 and 8 with a "Joint Symposium and Workshop between Waseda University and the University of Bonn" in Tokyo. A delegation of scientists from the LIMES Institute with the professors Irmgard Förster, Elvira Mass, Andreas Schlitzer and Dietmar Schmucker had come to discuss new ideas in research and teaching in the context of the global challenges in the life sciences.