A ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between School of Engineering, UTokyo and Yangon Technological University (YTU) was held in Yangon on February 20, 2018. In the signing ceremony, UTokyo Vice President Sekimura, Prof. Kitamori (School of Engineering), Prof. Kato (School of Engineering), Proj. Prof. Kawasaki (School of Engineering), Assoc. Prof. Mawatari (School of Engineering), Prof. Meguro (Institute of Industrial Science), and Assoc. Prof. Takeuchi (Institute of Industrial Science) met YTU Rector Myint Thein, Former Rector Mya Mya Oo, Pro-Rector Khin Than Yu, and Heads of all Departments. Followed by the signing ceremony, a series of discussions was made to accelerate future collaborations based on this Memorandum of Understanding.
In the scheme of UTokyo Strategic Partnership Project, YTU has been selected as one of our prospective strategic partner institutions. The School of Engineering, in collaboration with the Institute of Industrial Science, has strengthened a relationship by promoting student exchange, cooperative research, and faculty development in the past years, and those efforts have led to a conclusion of the MOU.
Since the recent political transformation and economic reforms, Myanmar has been experiencing an on-going series of rapid changes and development. In the country, there is a critical need to form a foundation of civil engineering that is inevitable for urban planning. In addition, nurturing skilled talents is also a challenge faced.
As a part of the UTokyo Strategic Partnership Project, the School of Engineering (Civil Engineering Dept. and Applied Chemistry Dept.), in collaboration with the Institute of Industrial Science, has established a platform of educational/research programs for science and technology infrastructure in the past years. This MOU expects to advance further academic interactions including student exchange and joint research, and develop sustainable relationships in broader fields.