On Friday, the Nalanda University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kanazawa University of Japan for an academic collaboration, said a statement from Nalanda University.
The MOU was signed on Thursday in Rajgir by Mori Masahide, Head of the School of Humanities, Indian Buddhist Studies, Comparative Culture Studies of Kanazawa University and Pankaj Mohan, Interim Vice Chancellor on behalf of Chancellor Vijay Bhatkar, Nalanda University.
As per the MOU, the two universities will promote and develop cooperation through exchange of faculty members, research fellows, students, academic materials, publications, and information, said Smita Polite, Head of NU communication department.
Both universities could also conduct joint research projects.
In regards to the collaboration, Pankaj Mohan said “India and Japan are ancient civilizations, bound by close cultural ties, and Nalanda played a crucial role in this civilizational dialogue. Since Nalanda University has the mandate to rediscover the threads of inter-Asian connection, our MoU with Kanazawa University holds immense significance”.
While Mori Masahide said in his brief speech, “Kanazawa University has been designated by the Japanese Ministry of Education as a “Super Global University”, and as Nalanda University shares this vision and goal, the MoU would pave the way for an enduring partnership between the two institutions.”
K Chandramoorthi, the officiating Registrar of Nalanda University said, “we are pleased to collaborate with the Kanazawa University, a 50-year-old National University of Japan whose roots can be traced to 1862”.
Kanazawa University is a national university of Japan located in the city of Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. It offers various undergraduate and graduate courses and has three colleges and 16 schools with about 11,000 students including 350 international students.