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UC San Diego Welcomes Kyoto University in Reception Honoring San Diego Liaison Office Opening

Timely move boosts university and San Diego-Area research collaborations

Kyoto University Group

Courtesy of Jeff Kassebaum

Kyoto University of Japan, one of the University of California San Diego’s international partners, announced the opening of a liaison office in San Diego in late March. UC San Diego played a key role in establishing the office designed to ease in partnering and collaboration.

UC San Diego and Kyoto University celebrated the office opening during a reception at the Estancia Hotel, July 17. The office is conveniently located near UC San Diego in the Sunroad Corporate Center, Suite 200, at the Eastgate Mall.

The office opening bolsters the collaborative relationship between the two universities as UC San Diego opened an office in the heart of Tokyo in 2016. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said: “By opening this new office, UC San Diego is demonstrating our commitment to strengthen our global partnerships and advance the frontiers of knowledge in order to benefit our planet and humankind.”

More recently, the university hosted the second UC San Diego-Kyoto University Joint Symposium, which featured two Nobel Laureates, the late Roger Tsien and Shinya Yamanaka, and attracted more than 300 participants from both universities as well as regional businesses and research institutions.

“We are proud of the fact that we have maintained a healthy relationship between our two universities since UC San Diego’s early years, our cooperation beginning soon after its establishment,” said Kyoto University President Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa. “The new Kyoto University San Diego Office will further enhance and develop research collaborations with not only UC San Diego but also with the many prestigious institutions and hospitals in the greater San Diego region and in California, as well as with its active industry communities and governmental network.”

Sandra A. Brown, Vice Chancellor of Research at UC San Diego, said those involved in previous symposiums and research collaborations with Kyoto University look forward to the possibilities of exploring the scientific and technological frontiers together.

“This is a milestone we have achieved as a result of several years of hard work by faculty and staff at both institutions. UC San Diego and Kyoto University are premier research partners, and we expect our collaborations to expand by having the Kyoto University office next door.”

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