A delegation from Tohoku University in Sendai visits Rennes during the 50th anniversary of twinning between the two cities

A delegation from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, made up of Professor Shun-Ichiro Tanaka from the New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Professor Naruhiko Teramoto, from the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Professor Toshiya Ueki, Executive Vice President for General Affairs and International Relations and Mr. Hirohisa Miyamoto, Chief of International Exchange Division arrived in Rennes on 20 October 2017.

Professor Shun-Ichiro Tanaka at the IPR
  1. Japan and Université de Rennes 1
  2. Tohoku University to have a new president

Photo: Professor Jean-Christophe Sangleboeuf, Professor Shun-Ichiro Tanaka and Professor Eric Collet at the IPR.

On the morning of 20 October, Professor Shun-Ichiro Tanaka was taken round the Institut de Physique de Rennes (IPR) by Professor Laurent Guerin and Professor Eric Collet. Professor Tanaka is in charge of the joint workshop Frontier, a joint workshop on frontier materials led by Tohoku University and eight French research organisations including Université de Rennes 1. This visit was the opportunity to discuss existing links between the institutions and also to examine ways of strengthening and developing joint projects.

Professor Naruhiko Teramoto was welcomed by Université Rennes 2. A meeting was held followed by a tour of the campus and the university's digital hub.

After lunch with Professor Jean-Christophe Sangleboeuf of the IPR, the two professors were joined by Professor Toshiya Uekiand, Mr. Hirohisa Miyamotod and representatives of Rennes Metropole at the Maison Intérnationale de Rennes (MIR) where they spent their afternoon.

The MIR hosted concerts, exhibitions and workshops on 20 and 21 October 2017 to celebrate the 50 years of twinning between Rennes and Sendai.

Rennes / Sendai, 50th anniversary of twinning between the two cities

These celebrations were organised by the Association de Jumelage Shimai Toshi Sendai in partnership with the Maison Internationale de Rennes and Rennes Metropole.

Professor Pierre van de Weghe, Vice-President in charge of International Relations at Université de Rennes 1, will be in Sendai on 13 november 2017 with representatives from the City of Rennes and will be visiting Tohoku University in the morning.

Japan and Université de Rennes 1

Université de Rennes 1 has a strong relationship with Japan. The university has bilateral agreements with 12 Japanese institutions, and in particular with Tohoku University in Sendai (twinned with Rennes since 1967). Each year, Université de Rennes 1 and Tohoku University organise the Frontier workshop in materiels science. Tohuku is also a partner institution in the Erasmus+ International programme for student and teacher mobility.
In terms of research, an International Research Laboratory IM-LED Impacting materials with light and electric fields and watching real time dynamics was recently created including several Japanese universities, and the University of Tokyo as project coordinator.

The Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (ISCR) is a partner in the International Joint Research Laboratory CNRS St Gobain Laboratory for Innovatice Key Materials and Structures (LINK) hosted in the National Institute of Material Sciences (NIMS) in Tsukuba.

Université de Rennes 1 awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to two Japanese chemists, Professor Shun-Ichi Murahashi of Osaka University in 1998 and Professor Ryoji Noyori Nobel prizewinner in Chemistry of Nagoya University in 2000.

Tohoku University to have a new president

Professor Hideo Ohno

Professor Hideo Ohno, an internationally renowned physicist, will succeed Dr Susumu Satomi who has headed the university since 2012. He will be the 22nd president of Tohoku University.

Professor Ohno is currently director of the Research Institute of Electrical Communication and a vice president at Tohoku University. He is a professor of spintronics and was a possible candidate for the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011.

Appointed a professor at Tohoku University in 1994, Ohno studied at the University of Tokyo and spent time as a graduate student at Cornell University. He was also was a visiting scientist at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center from 1988 to 1990.

Professor Ohno will take office in April 2018 and serve until March 2024.