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JAIST signs MOU with Carleton University

OTTAWA - JAIST and Carleton University signed a memorandum of understanding at the Embassy of Japan on Aug. 18, 2011 that encourages academic exchanges between the two institutions.

"We live in an increasingly global community and this partnership gives Carleton faculty and students another resource to expand their horizons and collaborate in new ways," said Carleton President Roseann O'Reilly Runte. "JAIST's cutting edge technologies, research activity and facilities will complement our own and allow our community to push the limits for innovation in information science, materials research and the mechanics of knowledge creation."

The MOU encourages the two institutions to co-operate in developing educational and scientific exchanges for faculty, staff and students, as well as to collaborate on research programs and share materials. The MOU is a five-year agreement.

"In a rapidly globalizing world where many important issues face all of us as humans, responsible institutions of higher education are aware of the formidable advantage of building a common pool of talent and expertise, and must set their goal on collaborating together to address the issues," said JAIST president Takuya Katayama. "JAIST has been leading Japan in internationalizing its education and research in advanced science and technology since its creation. An essential mutual benefit resulting from collaboration in research and education between our two institutions is a cross-fertilization of ideas, attitudes and approaches to problem solving that will foster openness to the world and independent, critical thinking in students and faculty, with a great potential for significantly contributing to the global society in the long term. It is thus a thrilling opportunity for JAIST to establish this partnership in research and education with Carleton University, our first with a Canadian university."

About Carleton University:
Located in Canada's capital city, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 25,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton's creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.