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NC State Expands Partnership with Nagoya University

Nagoya University partnership ceremony

Nagoya University will establish a U.S. campus on NC State’s Centennial Campus — Nagoya University Global Campus — thanks to a new agreement that strengthens the partnership between the two institutions. The agreement will establish new dual-degree programs, large-scale student exchanges, joint faculty research with industry partners, and global internships for students from both institutions.

“NC State is committed to playing an active and vital role in improving the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina, the nation and world,” said Chancellor Randy Woodson. “As a university, we are committed to advancing deep collaboration with strategic global partners – like Nagoya University – because of our goal to create new knowledge and develop practical solutions to global challenges.”

The new agreement with Nagoya University will enhance experiential education for students from both universities and provide research and cultural opportunities for faculty. Nagoya University Global Campus will also expand collaboration in faculty research, student education and technology innovation between the two universities.

Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc. (NU Tech), located near Research Triangle Park, and Nagoya University Global Campus, will strengthen NC State’s existing networks and build new connections among scientists, entrepreneurs, and startups in the region. They’ll highlight cutting-edge technologies from Nagoya University and other universities in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area.

“Our partnership with Nagoya showcases the best of international higher education collaboration,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden. “We are proud to grow our relationship, as it will benefit faculty, staff and students and both institutions for years to come.”

Over the past 10 years of the partnership, NC State has hosted more than a dozen student cohorts from Nagoya University, on campus and through online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. NC State has also sent its students to Nagoya University through study abroad programs and research exchanges.

Since the pandemic, the NC Japan Center has facilitated Collaborative Online International Learning (“COIL”) programs between the two universities, effectively engaging students in online learning and in strengthening their cultural competency.

On Jan. 26, NU Tech celebrated its 15th year in North Carolina by hosting a symposium at NC State. The former CEO of the Honda Aircraft Co., Michimasa Fujino, gave a talk titled “Aeronautical Research at an Automobile Company — From Fundamental Researches to Commercialization.”⁠

Following the symposium, a reception was held for visiting dignitaries, where the partnership agreement was formalized. The reception also included a gift exchange and a ceremony in which Arden and Nagoya University President Naoshi Sugiyama made mochi, a traditional Japanese rice cake.

About Nagoya University

Nagoya University is one of the seven prestigious “Imperial” universities in Japan. As the primary education hub in Central Japan, Nagoya University has 17,000 full-time students, including 2,000 international students, and 1,700 faculty members. In 2021 Nagoya University was ranked among the top 100 universities in the world (Number 84th) by Academic Ranking of World Universities.

About the Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc.

Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc. (NU Tech) is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization, founded by Nagoya University. Located close to Research Triangle Park and three major universities in N.C., NU Tech functions as Nagoya University’s strategic arm to develop collaboration opportunities with U.S. industry and academia partners. NU Tech’s responsibility includes technology transfer activity, university-industry outreach and also negotiation, educational program planning, and student recruiting.