As the representative of Japanese university officials, Tokai University Chancellor Kiyoshi Yamada served as joint chairman of the 1st STS Forum Russia-Japan Workshop Online 2020, held on November 17 as part of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum. The STS Forum, which has been called the "Davos forum" for science and technology, is the largest international conference in Japan. Each year, the Science and Technology in Society Forum organization, led by President and former Japanese Minister of Finance Koji Omi, brings heads of state and ministerial-level officials from all over the world to its annual meeting in Kyoto.
This year's workshop, held in cooperation with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Russia's Skolkovo Innovation Center, focused on invigorating science and technology exchanges between Japan and Russia. Experts in a wide variety of fields discussed how Japan and Russia can utilize the strong relationship they have built to face the unprecedented difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and deepen cooperation to address post-pandemic societal needs.
Chancellor Yamada gave a presentation on Tokai University's 50-year history of exchange with Russia and the state of Japanese-Russian university exchanges in recent years from the viewpoint of Japanese-Russian cooperation in developing human resources who can support the science, technology, and innovation of the future. Yamada spoke about the importance of utilizing institutional-level partnerships between Japanese and Russian universities, centered around the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan, established in 2016, to continue fostering the personnel and institutional relationships that are essential for scientific, technological, and innovative developments.