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2018 Japan-Spain Presidents' Joint Symposium(November 27-28)

The "2018 Japan-Spain Presidents' Joint Symposium" was held on November 27 and 28, 2018, at University of Salamanca to stimulate Japan-Spain inter-university exchanges, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Spain, and as part of the project for the 800th anniversary of the founding of University of Salamanca. The symposium was jointly sponsored by University of Salamanca and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies with the cooperation of the Embassy of Japan in Madrid, Spain and Japan Committee of Universities for International Exchange (JACUIE) at which the Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) acts as the secretariat. In addition, prior to the symposium, a joint press conference was held by University of Salamanca, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, the Embassy of Japan in Madrid, Spain and JACUIE.

The main theme of the symposium was "Promotion of Academic Cooperation between Japan and Spain" and around 70 officials of higher education institutions from both countries participated. On the first day, after the opening remarks and following a networking lunch sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in Madrid, Spain, keynote speeches were given on the current state of initiatives regarding university internationalization and relevant policies, and a lively discussion ensued. Next, after a tour of the campus, a reception was held by University of Salamanca at its Hispano-Japanese Cultural Centre which provided an opportunity for Japanese and Spanish university officials to deepen friendships in a relaxing atmosphere. Also, after the reception, a night tour was conducted within the city of Salamanca for those interested.

On the second day, a presentation was given by each of the Japanese and Spanish universities on exemplars of each of 4 sub themes related to the main theme stated above (courses in English and university internationalization, viewpoints on world university ranking, support for environmental adaptation and preparation of infrastructure for international students, promotion of inter-university exchanges beyond language and regional research activities). Successively, the participating Japanese and Spanish universities were matched up in order to provide an opportunity to trigger promotion of future cooperation. Finally, closing remarks were made and a successful symposium brought to a close.

From here on, we expect that there will be further lively international exchanges between Japanese and Spanish universities, and JANU will cooperate with Spanish university association, etc., and will promote efforts for lively exchanges between the two sides.




Mr. Kenji Kakuta, Deputy Secretary of the
Japan Association of National Universities,
making an address at the press conference.


Group photo with
press conference participants


Prof. Toshiya Ueki,
Executive Vice President
of Tohoku University, serving as MC


Dr. Ricardo Rivero,
Rector of University of Salamanca,
making opening remarks


Prof. Hirotaka Tateishi,
President of Tokyo University of
Foreign Studies, making opening remarks


Mr. Masashi Mizukami,
Ambassador of Japan in Spain,
making opening remarks


Mr. Kazuhiko Hayashi,
Director for International Analysis,
Higher Education Policy Planning Division,
Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology,
giving keynote address


Dr. Masamichi Nozawa,
Vice President of Rikkyo University,
making a presentation



Dr. Hisataka Moriwaki,
President of Gifu University,
making a presentation


Dr. Miki Sugimura,
Vice President for Global Academic Affairs
of Sophia University, making a presentation


Dr. Akihiro Sashi, President of Kobe City
University of Foreign Studies,
making a presentation


Dr. Tetsuo Asano, President of
Japan Advanced Institute of Science
and Technology, serving as comentator


Symposium venue


Networking Lunch


Campus Tour




Night City Tour



University Matching



Group photo with
symposium participants