On Thursday, 5 April 2012, the United Nations University (UNU) and Yokohama National University (YNU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Cooperation aimed at organizing joint research activities and events. In particular, this agreement will enhance exchanges and collaboration among students at YNU, students in the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Master of Science in Environmental Governance with Specialization in Biodiversity programme, and students in the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) Master of Science in Sustainability, Development and Peace programme.
In addition to this Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Cooperation, a Memorandum of Understanding on Credit Exchange was signed between UNU-IAS and the YNU Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences (YNU-GSEIS) to facilitate the exchange of credits between the two schools. Through this collaboration, courses offered by the YNU-GSEIS Environmental Leadership Development for Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks programme will be open to UNU students, while YNU-GEIS students will also be able to take courses in UNU-IAS’s Master of Science in Environmental Governance with Specialization in Biodiversity programme. Credits earned for the courses will be acknowledged by the students’ home university.
On behalf of UNU, Vice-Rector Prof. Govindan Parayil, welcomed the new collaboration, stating that “students from both institutions have much to gain from this partnership, as it will allow them to take advantage of both UNU’s expertise as an international policy-oriented institution as well as YNU’s strengths as a national research university”.
President of YNU, Dr. Kunio Suzuki also commented that the “cooperation agreement is strategically important for YNU to play a more proactive role in the international stage”. He expressed his hope that “YNU students and faculty members will demonstrate leadership through enhanced interaction with international colleagues”.
All exchange courses, which will begin this month at UNU-IAS and YNU, will be conducted in English.