Scots university signs ocean innovation collaboration deal with Japan’s Nippon Foundation

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski (left) and Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett (centre) are pictured with Dr. Yohei Sasakawa (Chairman of the Nippon Foundation), Mr. Koji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador, and Mrs Yooko Tsuruoka
Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski (left) and Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett (centre) are pictured with Dr. Yohei Sasakawa (Chairman of the Nippon Foundation), Mr. Koji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador, and Mrs Yooko Tsuruoka

Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University has signed a strategic collaboration deal with the Nippon Foundation of Japan in which the two organisations will work together in ocean innovation.

The Nippon Foundation is an independent, non-profit, grant-making organisation founded in 1962 and has carried out various activities in more than 100 countries to date. 

 The Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Consortium was launched in Japan in 2016 encompassing university, industry and public agency partners with the aim of developing people for different aspects of offshore development.

The offshore sector in Japan is expected to grow to £370 billion by 2030, and the consortium aims to increase the number of offshore engineers to 10,000 by that time, representing a five-fold increase from the current 2,000-plus.

It is hoped that the relationship with RGU can support the training of skilled personnel for this market.

The signing coincided with the final week of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Consortium Summer School 2017 at RGU, which has seen the students studying different aspects of marine engineering before putting some of that theory into practice at the DART drilling simulation suite at RGU.

The group also spent five days at the subsea training and trials facility, The Underwater Centre, in Fort William, as well as a cultural programme.

Principal of RGU, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski said: “We have built up a very good working relationship with the Nippon Foundation years and I am delighted to see this recorded and developed through the signing of the Letter of Intent”.

25 Sept 2017

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