Academic Exchange Agreement signed with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

News General 2022.05.19

Kyoto University of Advanced Science has signed an academic exchange agreement with the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. This marks the first exchange agreement with an Australian university for Kyoto University of Advanced Science since its establishment. The aim of this agreement is to further deepen and develop the cooperative relationship between the two universities through the mutual exchange of students, faculty members and researchers, the development of joint research and collaborative programs, as well as the sharing of academic information and materials. This agreement was made possible by the Consul General of Japan in Sydney, Mr. Masahiko Kiya, who acted as a bridge between KUAS and UTS. 

Established in 1988, the University of Technology Sydney is a public university ranked 143rd in the 2022 THE World University Rankings (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022). UTS is known not only domestically but internationally as a leader in education with a socially and culturally diverse student body. With over 45,000 students, approximately 12,000 of whom are international students from outside Australia (*student numbers as of 2021), it is one of Australia’s largest universities. The main campus is made up of distinctive, modern buildings designed by renowned architects and is located in the heart of Sydney, Australia's largest city, best known for the Sydney Opera House. 

Prior to the conclusion of this agreement, an online meeting with UTS was held in February 2022 in the presence of Mr. Masahiko Kiya, Consul General of Japan in Sydney.  
The University of Technology Sydney was represented by Iain Watt, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (International), Anne Gardner, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Engineering and IT, and Innes Ireland, Deputy Director (Global Engagement). KUAS was represented by Toshihiko Koseki, Vice President, Osamu Tabata, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, and Alberto Castellazzi, Professor, Faculty of Engineering.  
During the online meeting, there was a lively discussion that focused on student exchange but also involved an exchange of opinions on a wide range of other topics, such as collaboration with industry, faculty exchange, and the nature of international exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two universities agreed that further discussions would be held to explore potential collaboration opportunities and subsequent deliberation between the universities culminated in the decision to sign this agreement.

The University of Technology Sydney offers not only advanced technology and engineering courses but also conducts educational and research activities in a variety of fields such as humanities, sociology, business, law, design, architecture, and health (including nursing, sports sciences, etc.), many of which overlap with KUAS. In the future, exchanges in a variety of fields are expected between the two universities.  


Congratulatory message courtesy of Mr. Masahiko Kiya, Consul General of Japan in Sydney 

The new partnership between Kyoto University of Advanced Science, which promotes research and education in advanced technology in Japan, and the University of Technology Sydney, a leader in the same field in New South Wales, Australia, is a major step forward in strengthening cooperation and collaborative ties between Australia and Japan. I hope that the relationship between the two universities will flourish, and that many personal and academic exchanges, from students to researchers, will continue to develop going forward. 
(International Office, Division Chief, IWATA Atsushi)