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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)


Responding to Requests from the Egyptian Government

Contributing to the establishment and Management of Egypt - Japan University of Science and Technology

President Shirai receiving a gift from E-JUST acting-President Khairy (May 2009)

With support from the Japanese government and universities, the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, majoring in cutting-edge technology, was opened on the outskirts of Alexandria. On June 3, Waseda University Vice-President Masataka Ota attended the opening ceremony.

12 Universities, including Waseda University, Kyushu University, Kyoto University, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in cooperation with the Egyptian side, provide total support such as curriculum development and staff dispatch, with Waseda serving as one of three organizing universities.

Faculty of Science and Engineering professor Shuji Hashimoto acts as national support committee head, and of seven areas, Faculty of Science and Engineering professor Hiroshi Yamakawa is in charge of mecha-robotics, Professor Kazuki Ueda, computer and information engineering, and Faculty of Science and Engineering professor Takeshi Nakagawa, campus design. In May of last year, President Shirai visited the site to exchange ideas with Egyptian staff and planted a tree. Waseda intends to continue putting efforts into this enterprise in the future as a new international extension for Japan.

Faculty of Law Professor Kaoru Kamata to Become 16th President

On June 15 Waseda University held a presidential election to replace President Katsuhiko Shirai, whose term expires on November 4, 2010, with Faculty of Law Professor Kaoru Kamata (photo) being elected as his successor. His term will run from November 5, 2010 to November 4, 2014.

The two candidates for this election were Professor Kamata and Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Keita Koyama. Professor Kamata received a total of 1028 votes and Professor Koyama 844 (from a total of 2379 voters made up of 1393 tenured faculty, 793 full-time staff, and 193 outsiders). Professor Kamata was elected after receiving over half (962) of total votes cast (1922), with his appointment as president being confirmed by the Presidential Election Committee.