MYSURU: As it inches closer to join league of higher education institutions that have completed a century, the University of Mysore is aiming to spread its activities internationally.
On Thursday, it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan based Hokkaido University to promote research activities. The five-year pact will allow exchange of faculty and research fellows, exchange of students and exchange of academic materials and publications. The pact will focus on life sciences.
VC K S Rangappa and president of the Hokkaido University Keizo Yamaguchi signed the MoU, which can be renewed after five years unless one of the two universities decides to end it. Rangappa said that the Japan university is one of the oldest universities and the collaborate will help the two varsities for attaining excellence in academic and research.
Rangappa said some 25 students from the varsity are pursuing their doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the Japan. “I have association with this university too since ten years. We are formalizing the association to work more in the field of research,” the VC stated.
He said students from Hokkaido university will come here where some short term exchange programmes have been introduced to facilitate foreign students engage in studies in their respective subjects.
Yamaguchi thanked the University of Mysore for the collaboration, which, he said, will foster academic partnerships in the area of life sciences. Students from Mysuru are pursuing research at his university since 2010.
The team from Japan includes Makota Demura, dean, faculty of advanced life science, Shinichiro Nishimura, faculty of advanced life science and Kenji Monde, faculty of advanced life science.
Meanwhile, the University of Mysore is leading a team of scientist from India, Japan and Ethiopia who are involved in research for early diagnosis of cancer and lifestyle diseases including diabetes. The team has collected samples from the premier cancer hospitals. Rangappa, who is the principal investigator of the project said: “We are aiming to collect at least 100 samples to build the research data to start with. The samples will be collected from hospitals from across India.” He said the joint study will look at early identification of cancer.