GEORGE TOWN: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and two universities in Japan inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the field of peace research.
USM Vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman, who is currently on a working visit to Japan, said the universities were SOKA University and TODA Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.
Omar said the MoU with SOKA University focuses on student and academic staff exchange as well as joint research, particularly in the field of peace research.
Meanwhile, the collaboration with TODA Institute aims to strengthen USM’s networking efforts in the field of peace research, especially on issues relating to universal peace.
“SOKA University is one of the universities in Japan given the status of a ‘global super university’ by the Japanese Ministry of Education,” he said in a statement here today.
Omar said, as for TODA Institute, they will collaborate with the USM Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS) to promote peace in the Asia-Pacific region.
He said, USM is the first university to sign an MoU with the TODA Institue for such purpose.
The MoU was signed by SOKA University President, Prof Dr Yoshihisa Baba, while TODA Institute was represented by Prof Dr Joji Kaga.
The collaboration with both institutions hopefully will further strengthen USM’s position in Japan and on the international stage, Omar added.– BERNAMA