Okayama University


International Exchange Event “Erasmus Day” held

October 27, 2014

Our university, in its engagement with the “Erasmus Mundus Program,” an exchange program to promote student and researcher exchanges between Europe and Asia, held the International Exchange Event, “Erasmus Day,” on October 20th.

This program, developed by the European Union (EU) is intended to improve the quality of advanced education, and its main objective is cooperation of educational institutions and the promotion of exchanges between student and researchers. This university participated in the “2010 - 2014 Erasmus Mundus BEAM Program” as a consortium school. We have been conducting research exchanges with cooperating institutions in Europe and elsewhere, centered on teachers and post-doctoral students. From 2013, we have been implementing the “Erasmus Mundus EASED Program” centered on the ecological energy field and are promoting the strengthening of international cooperation and the globalization of educational research.

Professor Naoshi Ikeda (Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology), who is the Erasmus Mundus partnership Implementation Committee Chairperson introduced our university’s efforts in the said program at the event. Students and researchers who have gone abroad to study actually using this program and foreign students currently here, reported on their research in English; what their study abroad destination was like, cross-cultural exchange experience, and more.

The 2 graduate students from the l'Université de Montpellier, a university conducting the Erasmus Mundus MaMaSELF Program, introduced the “MaMaSELF” (Material Science Major Master Course Program) Program.

Bernard CHENEVIER, a senior esearch administrator explained the Erasmus project, the “Erasmus+” that newly started this year. He addressed the audience by saying, “I hope participation in this program is wide-ranging in field--regardless of whether from the humanities courses or the science courses.”

Okayama University aims to become a world class research university by fostering global-minded human resources who can flourish on the world’s top stage and strengthening global competitiveness through various international exchanges in research and education.