Between University of Tsukuba (UT) and Grenoble, we have a long history of collaborations and exchange. In the field of science and engineering, it began in 2002 with the exchange agreement between Université Joseph Fourier (UJF) and the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, UT.
This was followed by the exchange agreement with the whole universities in 2007, and then in 2016, we invited faculty members from Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), within the framework of the invitation program of research unit, UT and established a joint laboratory (Grenoble unit) in collaboration with UT, UGA, and Air Liquide company (AL), which is a “prototype” for J-FAST today. In addition, we started “Double degree program” (DDP) between the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, UT and UGA in the doctoral program (2015) and later in the master program (2018). The inauguration of J-FAST is the culmination of such collaborations and exchange between the two universities, which is expected to continue to develop and expand in the future.
Shinji KURODA (Professor, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
Marceline BONVALOT (Associate Professor, Université Grenoble Alpes)
Greeting from Director & Co-director
It is our great pleasure to announce the establishment of J-FAST, a collaborative research center between Grenoble and Tsukuba. We would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of CNRS and UGA, as well as to all those who have contributed to establish it. Until now, UT and UGA have had active exchange and collaborations in both education and research. We hope that the establishment of J-FAST will be an opportunity for further development of our collaborations, not only to advance existing joint research groups, but also to create new framework for collaborations in research. We also expect that this collaboration between France and Japan will contribute not only to achievements in research but also to human resource development. In particular, we sincerely wish that young researchers and students will be able to conduct their research in an international environment and gain experience in friendly competition while being exposed to different cultures, and to spread their wings to the world. We will spare no effort to create such an environment for young people. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to all those who have been involved in J-FAST and ask for your continued support and cooperation in the future.