The University of Newcastle has strengthened its long-standing relationship with Kumamoto University in southern Japan, entering a new agreement for research collaboration.
The two institutions have a strong history of cooperation in student exchange programs over the past 20 years, with more than 140 students from both universities participating.
University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nicholas Saunders, said the new Memorandum of Understanding - signed today in Newcastle - would expand the relationship into joint research activities.
"The University of Newcastle has a long affiliation with Kumamoto University in the area of English language and cultural studies," Professor Saunders said.
"This agreement takes our collaboration to the next level, allowing for both universities to develop shared areas of research strengths.
"The MoU outlines our plans to develop a collaborative research program in the areas of engineering, science and medicine, including joint supervision of research higher degree students.
It also provides for activities in curriculum development with a greater international focus."
Kumamoto University is ranked in Japan's top 10 universities. The President of Kumamoto University, Dr Tatsuro Sakimoto, is visiting the University of Newcastle this week to sign the MoU and tour University facilities.
"The University of Newcastle is privileged to make this ongoing commitment to Kumamoto University and expand our already strong relationship," Professor Saunders said.
"I am honoured to host in Newcastle the President of Kumamoto University and return the hospitality shown by his institution during my visit to Kumamoto last year."