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Signing of Academic and Educational Exchange with Czech University of Pardubice through the World's First Remote System

An unprecedented attempt by the University of Eastern Europe and Japanese universities to conclude an online academic education exchange agreement was made at The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI).The KCG Group (KCGI and Kyoto Computer Gakuin) held a signing ceremony with the University of Pardubice in the Czech Republic on May 15, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. Japan time for an academic and educational exchange using a remote video conferencing system.The two universities, which overcame the barriers of time and distance with their strong friendship and the latest technology, pledged to work together for mutual development in the future.

At the KCGI Hyakumanben Campus where KCG representatives including Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Yasuko Hasegawa, Dean of the KCG School, and Mr. Toshiharu Hasegawa, President of KCGI attended, a monitor set up in front of the venue showed live images of Pardubice University, and President Jiri Malek, Prof. Jan Čapek (Vice Dean, Faculty of Economics and Management), and Dr. Jana Hora (Faculty of Electronics and Informatics) were all present.The time difference between the Czech Republic and Japan is seven hours, and the signing ceremony began with a "Good morning" call from the KCG side.

The signing documents had already been prepared by the day of the meeting through e-mail exchanges, and the representatives of each party had already signed and exchanged their signatures beforehand. On the day of the meeting, after an explanation of the process leading up to the signing, President Hasegawa and President Malek signed the blank spaces while checking the other party through the video conference system.

In response, President Malek said, "I am convinced that the signing of this agreement will be beneficial for the acquisition of new knowledge and the expansion of our global activities.Both are new organizations.We hope to promote exchange activities with the will to bring innovation to higher education.I hope that the signing of this agreement will be a good opportunity to promote further friendly relations and mutual development.After this, both sides toasted each other with wine to celebrate the signing of the agreement.

With the signing of the agreement, the two universities will promote the mutual dispatch of faculty members and students, cooperation in education and research, and exchange of academic materials and publications.

University of Pardubice

It is a national university founded in 1950 as the University of Chemistry, which was renamed the University of Pardubice in 1994.The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics was created in 2002 and is expected to contribute to the ICT sector in the Czech Republic.