Published on 23 May 2017

President and Director of international relations of Université Paris-Saclay were hosted by Osaka University and signed a MoU.

During the mission carried out in Japan by Gilles Bloch, president of Université Paris-Saclay, with the director of international relations of UPSaclay Guillaume Garreta, the meeting with representatives of Osaka University was the opportunity to highlight the actions led by member institutes of UPSaclay in partnership with this renowned Japanese institution. Also part of the delegation was the vice-president for research of ENS Paris-Saclay, Keitaro Nakatani. 

They met with various players of Osaka University: Shinsuke Yamanaka, executive vice-president for global engagement, Ryosuke Kodama, director of the Institute of laser engineering (ILE), Takashi Kubo of the Graduate School of Science, and Saori Obayashi, of the Center for Global Initiatives, who visited UPSaclay in the autumn of 2016. In the wings of the talks, the delegation from Université Paris-Saclay was invited to visit the GekkoXII high power lasers of the ILE, with which the Laboratoire d'Utilisation des lasers intenses – LULI (CNRS, École polytechnique, CEA, UPMC) has been collaborating for fifteen years.

Many members of UPSaclay (CNRS, CEA, INRA, INRIA, X, ENS, Université Paris-Sud, TelecomPT and Telecom SudParis, Institut d’optique, ENSAE Paris Tech…) have connexions with Osaka University and the signature of the MoU on 19 May 2017 between Université Paris-Saclay and Osaka University reveals the shared interest of all involved to streamline the development of common structured projects, such as the International Associated Laboratory LIA (Laboratoire International Associé) FJ-NSP, Nuclear Structure Problems, the new LIA NanoSynergetics (photo-active materials) coordinated by ENS Paris-Saclay in France, and the international research network GDRI Matter in extreme conditions-application to planetary physics. The purpose of the MOU is also to maintain over time operations enabling greater student mobility, such as the establishment of processes to facilitate joint supervisions and the award of joint degrees for masters and doctorates.

3rd research university in Japan, founded in 1931, Osaka University, also known as Handai, is a laureate (group A) of the Top Global University programme whose aim is to bolster the international competitiveness of top Japanese universities. It has 27 schools, 5 research institutes, 2 university hospitals and 3 national joint-use facilities, including the Research Center for Nuclear Physics and the Cybermedia Center. Handai ranks among the top 100 universities in the world with a solid reputation in the fields of biology, biochemistry, immunology, medicine, physics and astronomy, as well as engineering and material sciences. Notable alumni include the Nobel Laureate in Physics Hideki Yukawa, the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, Akira Yoshino, and Sony founder Akio Morita.