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RGU and Kobe to jointly address skills shortage for ocean industries


Robert Gordon University (RGU) deepened its relations in Japan by signing agreements with Kobe City Government and the Marine Sciences School of Kobe University, which will see them collaborate on the capability and capacity for ocean industries.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kobe University and a Statement of Intent with Kobe City Government were signed and a five-day ocean industry summer school at RGU was also announced by the Mayor of Kobe City.

The signings were witnessed by a large audience which included the Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett, a 20 person delegation from Kobe, led by the Mayor of the City and included representatives of Government, academia and industries from both cities and further afield.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal at Robert Gordon University, said: “RGU enjoys close links with Japan and we are delighted to welcome our visitors from Kobe University and Kobe City Government, as well as industry experts.

“I am very pleased that RGU will be collaborating on education programmes with the Marine Sciences School which will benefit both universities academically as well as our student experience offerings."

The event included a seminar with representatives of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Tachyonish Holdings and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Professor von Prondzynski continued: “We understand that Kobe City is aiming to become a major subsea hub for Japan and the Asia Pacific region. The Kobe delegation and RGU were able to draw on the industry expertise as we discussed how to drive further development and sustainable economic growth for both our regions.”

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by RGU’s Principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski and Professor Makoto Uchida, Dean of School of Marine Sciences at Kobe University. The Statement of Intent was signed by the Principal and Mayor Hisamoto of Kobe City.

Release by Stacey Lynch
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