DIT signs cooperation agreement with Hokkaido University, JapanPosted: 25 March, 2015
A DIT delegation, led by Professor Brian Norton, visited Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan this week. Professor Norton met with the President of Hokkaido University, Professor Keizo Yamaguchi, and signed strategic cooperation agreement between the two institutions.
Hokkaidu is one of the National Seven Universities of Japan which were established as the best in higher education or research. The occasion for the visit was an Ireland-Japan Energy Seminar, at which Professor Norton was the keynote speaker with a paper entitled “Advances is solar thermal and photovoltaic devices”. Irish Ambassador, Anne Barrington addressed the delegates at the commencement of the seminar, and colleagues Mr. Eddie Hughes and Ms Reiko Hiruma from Enterprise Ireland were also present.
Professor Marek Rebow from DIT was among the speakers at the seminar which was attended by researchers in various areas of energy. Other DIT representatives at the seminar included Professor Mary McNamara, Head of DIT Graduate School, and PhD student Philippe Lemarchand.
During the visit of the DIT delegation to Japan, Ambassador Barrington hosted a reception at the Irish Embassy for all DIT graduates currently based in Tokyo. For many of those who attended it was an opportunity to meet other DIT graduates for the first time, and an opportunity to hear about major developments in DIT from the President, Professor Norton.