For faculty and student exchange

National Institute of Technology–Tiruchi (NIT-T) will soon have a student exchange programme with the University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan.

A Memorandum of Understanding that NIT-T has entered into with the university also paves the way for faculties to collaborate in areas of mutual interest and conduct of lecture sessions through video-conferencing in mutually beneficial areas.

Institute Director S. Sundararajan, and president of the University Keiichi Ohta, signed the MoU documents recently. The MoU, valid for three years, will take effect from 2013, according to an NIT-T press release.

Of the 100 international students pursuing their undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies at the university, 35 are from China, and 10 students pursue their courses under exchange programme. Founded in 1950, the University of Shiga Prefecture located 430 km south of Tokyo, became a public university in 2006 with four undergraduate schools and four graduate schools. The schools of environmental science, engineering, human cultures and human nursing encompass the departments of ecosystem studies, biological resources management, design and architecture, materials science, mechanical and electronic systems engineering, food science and nutrition, living design, human relations and nursing.

Alongside mutual exchange of faculty, researchers and students, the agreement provides for joint implementation of educational programmes; implementation of collaborative research projects of mutual benefit; academic exchange and cooperation including mutual invitations of experts to special lectures, organising collaborative conferences and making requests for cooperation at international academic conferences; and exchange of academic materials for the purpose of presenting and publishing each other’s research achievements.