On February, 5 the distinguished delegation of Kumamoto University, Japan, has paid a visit to Riga Technical University (RTU).
During the short visit, Executive and Vice President, Head of Headquarters for Admission and Education, Director of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies Prof. Dr. Mikio Furushima, Vice-Director of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies Prof. Dr. Ursula Helena Koike and Chief of the Student Support Department International Education Division Ms. Miyuki Miyayama had a fruitful dialogue with RTU Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies Prof. Dr. Igors Tipans, RTU International Cooperation Unit and Head of Short-Time Courses Ms. Natalja Muracova, as well as with Latvian Kendo Federation President Mr. Vladimirs Kindzulis.
Alongside the positive tradition of organizing 2 summer schools per year for Kumamoto students of the College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies for the third year already, both universities are interested in bringing RTU students to Kumamoto. The dialogue about future cooperation involved such topics as academic research and academic mobility possibilities between Kumamoto University and Riga Technical University, as well as Japanese culture promotion through Kendo art, especially because Kumamoto city being the residence town of martial arts hero Miyamoto Musashi has a fame of sword fighting.
The delegation explored convenient Kipsala campus, KUKA robot-simulator and “Mitutoyo” Metrology laboratory in Laboratory House. With great interest the delegation visited RTU Scientific Library since Prof. Dr. Mikio Furushima has been involved in the operation of the Kumamoto University historical archive and is interested about how to preserve university related historical records and visual materials.