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A collaborative partnership between Chemnitz and Sendai

The Agreement on Academic Exchange was signed between Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany and Tohoku University, Japan

  • From the left: Prof. Thomas Gessner, Ambassador Takeshi Nakane, Rector Prof. Arnold van Zyl, President Prof. Susumu Satomi, Mayor Emiko Okuyama. Photo: Jörg Frömel

Technische Universität Chemnitz Rector Arnold van Zyl and Tohoku University President Susumu Satomi signed the Agreement on Academic Exchange on October 31, 2013, in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Takeshi Nakane, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Republic of Germany from Japan, and the Honorable Ms. Emiko Okuyama, Mayor, City of Sendai.

The collaborative partnership between Technische Universität Chemnitz and Tohoku University was formed through two exceptional researchers, Prof. Thomas Gessner and Prof. Masayoshi Esashi. Prof. Gessner is not only the Director of the Center for Microtechnologies of Technische Universität Chemnitz, but also the Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS. He was invited as Principal Investigator for MEMS laboratory upon the establishment of the Tohoku University World Premier International Research Center Initiative - Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR) on October 2007. Prof. Esashi is Principal Investigator and Group leader of the Device/Systems Group in the WPI-AIMR and the director of Micro System Integration Center μSIC at Tohoku University. He is a MEMS pioneer. Prof. Esashi was awarded the honorary doctor`s degree from Technische Universität Chemnitz in October 6, 2008, for his engagement and his contributions to the development of MEMS.

This Agreement also includes a MOU on Student Exchange which expects the promotion of interchange not only in research but also in education. This tie will also expand further advanced collaboration between Germany and Japan.

Tohoku University, Japan
Tohoku University was established in 1907 as Japan’s third Imperial University, it became the first Japanese university to accept female students. It has become one of Japan’s leading universities, with 10 Faculties, 16 Graduate Schools, 3 Professional Graduate Schools, 6 Research Institutes, and affiliated research and education centers. In 2007 the Japanese Government has created so called World Premier International Research Center at excellent universities with the goal to promote outstanding, international visible research. So the Advanced Institute for Materials Research had been established at the Tohoku University. Our philosophy has always been to put "Research First " while maintaining an "Open-Door policy” with an emphasis on "Practice-Oriented Research and Education” and we have continued to dedicate ourselves to our mission of contributing to Society and the world through education and research. More information:

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