Published on 10 January 2018

Université Paris-Saclay sign a MOU with the Nara Institute of Science and Technology NAIST - Japan

A dynamic university of integrated research

The Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) is a university located at Kansai Science City, close to the cities of Osaka and Kyoto. Founded in 1991, NAIST offers graduate and postgraduate programmes focused on three integrated fields which are key areas of research: information science, biological sciences, and materials science.

Laureate of the Top Global University programme which promotes higher education and research in Japan, with the aim to develop its international outreach and interdisciplinaty, NAIST welcomes close to 14% international students.

Strong links with the ENS Paris-Saclay and other UPSaclay members

The Nara Institute of Science and Technology has been working with the ENS Paris-Saclay for close to 15 years, giving rise, among other projects, to the recent creation of the Nano-Synergetics International Associated Laboratory (“Photo-active Nanomaterials with Cooperative and Synergetic Responses”). This international laboratory involving several players in Japan and France is carried by the ENS Paris-Saclay and directed by Keitaro Nakatani, its vice-president of research. The LIA began its activities on 1st January 2017 and investigates molecular systems capable of switching between two states, mainly by light stimulus (photochromism). The French and Japanese researchers within Nano-Synergetics have significant records of collaborations (bilateral projects and exchange of researchers and students) and were members of the International Research Group on “PHoto-switchableE orgaNIC molecular systems & deviceS (IRG PHENICS, or GDRI PHENICS in French, 2008-2015) supported by CNRS. Furthermore, NAIST has connexions with several UPSaclay member institutions, such as Université Paris-Sud, within the framework of international laboratories and the exchange of researchers.

Building on these collaborations, and following several visits by NAIST representatives (Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai) to UPSaclay in 2017, and the visit of Keitaro Nakatani to Japan in May 2017, the Nara Institute of Science and Technology and Université Paris-Saclay signed a MOU on 20 December 2017 which provides a framework for these exchanges and will contribute to foster their development in the future. In particular, doctoral co-supervision is under consideration in material sciences, but also in life sciences and ICT.