Administrators from the University of Tokyo and UC San Diego signed an agreement Friday for scientific, educational and cultural exchanges between the two institutions.
The agreement calls for joint research, exchange of faculty and graduate students, sharing of information in fields of mutual interest, and sponsorship of visiting scholars for lectures and conferences. A separate agreement also was signed between the Japanese university's Ocean Research Institute and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a part of UCSD.
University of Tokyo President Wataru Mori and UCSD Chancellor Richard C. Atkinson initialed the agreement at a ceremony on the La Jolla campus Friday. Atkinson called the agreement, the first between UCSD and a Japanese institution, an important step for UCSD in its efforts to build an academic program on the Pacific Basin. UCSD opened a graduate school of international relations and Pacific studies this past year, the first in the UC system.
The University of Tokyo is Japan's most prestigious institution of higher learning.