Opening ceremony and new technology seminar for the Silicon Valley Office of the University of Tokushima


On September 15, the University of Tokushima held a ceremony and its first new technology seminar at the Sheraton Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, California, to mark the opening of the Silicon Valley Office of the University of Tokushima. This will serve as the university’s base for technology transfer with the U.S.

The ceremony was attended by President Susumu Kagawa and other officials of the university, as well as representatives from local Japanese organizations including JSPS San Francisco and the Japan University Network in the Bay Area (JUNBA). After the greeting by President Kagawa, there were greetings from guests Chimmy Shioya of the Keizai Society, Masato Matsuo, Director of JUNBA, and Hiroyuki Masumoto, President of the Silicon Valley Japanese Entrepreneur Network. Teaching Director Wada and Research Director Fukui explained how the Office is to be used.

At the new technology seminar, Prof. Robert Kneller of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo gave a keynote speech on industry, academia and government collaboration, followed by two presentations from Tokushima faculty on germinal research on diabetes. Around 100 people were present, including members of the public. The venue was full, and participants listened intently to the speech and presentations. A networking event followed the talks, with a lively exchange of information and opinion, making this a very beneficial and meaningful seminar. Seminars will be held regularly in the future.



Group photo of participants of the opening ceremony (President Kagawa is 5th from the left)