German-Japanese University Cooperation

Cooperation agreement signed with University of Aizu (Japan)

March 14, 2018

In a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Aizu (UoA) and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), signed on March 1 in the Japanese city of Aizu-Wakamatsu, the two institutions agreed to collaborate in teaching and research, including the exchange of students.

The MoU was signed on behalf of HsKA by Prof. Dr. Dieter Höpfel, Vice-President for Academic and International Affairs. He had come to Aizu-Wakamatsu as member of an HsKA delegation that included Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler (Faculty of Information Management and Media), Prof. Dr. Claas Christian Wuttke (Faculty of Management Science and Engineering) and Dr. Joachim Lembach, Director of the International Office. At UoA the Karlsruhe representatives discussed their future cooperation with Prof. Dr. Ryuichi Oka, President of the University of Aizu; Prof. Dr. Ian Wilson, Director of the Center for Language Research; Prof. Dr. Toshiaki Miyazaki, Regent and Dean of the Undergraduate School; and Mr. Tatsuki Kawaguchi, Director of UoA’s Office for Strategy of International Programs.

The link between the two universities goes back to the academic cooperation between Dr. Ziegler and his UoA colleague, Prof. Dr. Debopriyo Roy, in the field of Technical Communication. The general MoU between the two institutions will form the basis for intensifying their cooperation, in particular for joint student projects, as well as allowing to extend it to other academic fields. Specializing in Computer Science and Engineering, the University of Aizu is known for its international orientation. The institution is officially bilingual (Japanese/English) and has an unusually high share of approximately 40% of professors from overseas.