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Visits from Overseas (2016-2017 academic year and earlier)

Osaka University receives visits from important officials from around the world. The President and/or OU trustees receive these visitors and discuss a wide variety of topics. While some of these visits might be termed courtesy calls, the majority are for the purpose of increasing international exchange between the university or institution represented and Osaka University.

Please find below a listing of recent visitors and a photograph from their visit.

Note: A larger version of each photo can be viewed by clicking directly on the image.




Wednesday, March 29, Uwe Reinhard Czarnetzki, Professor (Physics), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Monday, March 27, Dr. Shanker Prasad, Assistant Provost, Brown University, USA




Friday, March 10, Phan Van Kiem, Vice President, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

Wednesday, March 1, Chih-Huang Lai, Dean, College of Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan



Friday, December 16, Prof. Weidong Li, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China




Tuesday, November 29, Mi-Ching Tsai, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Wednesday, November 16, Prof. Dr. Elmer Sterken, Rector, University of Groningen



Tuesday, November 16, Dr. Mohammad Anis, Rector, University of Indonesia
Wednesday, November 30, Visit-Japan Project for Chinese Students "Get to Know Japan and Japanese Companies" Event




Thursday, October 27, Li Tianran, Consul General, Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Osaka

Friday, October 14, Yvon Englert, President, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels




Wednesday, October 5, Manuel Tunon de Lara, President, University of Bordeaux, France
Monday, October 3, Joshua Hodgson, Councilor, Embassy of Canada to Japan




Thursday, September 29, Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Singapore
Wednesday, September 14, Irit Savion Waidergorn, Deputy Chief of the Mission, Embassy of Israel in Japan

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Wednesday, July 13, Patrick Prendergast, Provost & President, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Friday, May 13, Marius Skarupskas, Vice-Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania




Tuesday, May 10, young researchers from the Thailand Research Fund
Thursday, April 28, Maria de Fátima Marinho, Vice-Rector, University of Porto, Portugal



Thursday, April 19, Egidijus Meilūnas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Japan

Thursday, April 14, Dodi Sudiana, Director of International Affairs, University of Indonesia



Thursday, April 14, Pierre-Paul Zalio, President, and Keitaro Nakatani, Vice President, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France

Wednesday, April 13, Dieter Lenzen, President, University of Hamburg, Germany



Monday, April 11, Annie Koh, Vice President, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Monday, March 7, Salah Sayed Ebrahim El. Balla, President, University of Sadat City, Egypt

2016 Visits from Overseas

Thursday, March 3, Nguyen Van Be, Director, Department of International Relations, Can Tho University, Vietnam

Tuesday, March 1, T.S. Andy Hor, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong


Monday, January 25, Director WONG-IN, Suankularb College, Kingdom of Thailand

Wednesday, January 20, John Ino, Professor Emertius, University of California, San Francisco, United States of America


Monday, December 14, Suzanne Helbig, Director, Career Center, University of California, Irvine
Friday, December 11, Emin Huseynov, Vice Rector of Strategy and Development, ADA University, Republic of Azerbaijan



Wednesday, December 2, Jonathan Bagger, Director, TRIUMF, Canada

Thursday, November 26, Tsutomu HIMENO, Consul General of Japan in Boston, United States of America


Wednesday, November 25, Ms. Margaretha and Ms. Aprilia Putri Pradana, Staff, International Office and Partnership, Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia

Friday, November 27, Cao Le Dung Chi, Chair, Department of Japanese, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy


Tuesday, November 17, Michael Davies, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sussex, England

Thursday, November 12, Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal Republic of Germany


Tuesday, November 10, science and technology officials, People's Republic of China

Thursday, November 5, Pham Van Duc, Vice President, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam


Wednesday, November 4, management board members, Vietnam-Japan University, Vietnam
Wednesday, October 7, Joseph Sung, President, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China


Wednesday, October 7, Elmer Sterken, President, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Tuesday, October 6, Edward Crawley, President, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russian Federation


Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Jean Noel Pooda, Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation and Francois Oubida, Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Japan, Burkina Faso
Wednesday, September 30, Leonidas Karapiperis, Minister Counsellor, Head of Science and Technology Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan


Friday, September 25, Prof. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih, Director of Academic Affairs, Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia

Early July~Late August, Joseph Lavery, Assistant Professor, Department of English, UC Berkeley


Early July~Late August, Nader Bagherzadeh, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Irvine (left, with Cross Appointment counterpart Prof. ONOE Takao)

Tuesday, July 28, Tran Linh Thuoc, President, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City-University of Science, Vietnam

Friday, July 3, Myrna S. Austria, Vice Chancellor for Academics, De La Salle University, Philippines
Friday, June 5, Hoang Van Phong, President, National Technology Innovation Fund (NATIF), Vietnam

2015 lithuania visit resized
Monday, May 11, Sakura Science Plan students from India, Thailand, and the Philippines

Wednesday, May 27, Svetlana Kauzonienė, Vice Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Lithuania

british consulate visit resized

2015 cabrini visit resized
Tuesday, May 26, Michael Shearer, Consul General, British Consulate General-Osaka

Thursday, May 21, Donald B. Taylor, President, Cabrini College, United States of America
bandung university visit resized 2015
Monday, May 18, Hermawan Kresno Dipojono, Professor, Bandung Institute of Technology, Republic of Indonesia
Monday, May 11, Sung Been Moon, Dean, Yonsei University Graduate School, Republic of Korea
2015 aachen visit edited
Monday, April 6, Wisnu Edi Pratignyo, Indonesian Consul General to Japan
Wednesday, April 1, Ernst Schmachtenberg, President, RWTH Aachen University, Federal Republic of Germany
Friday, March 27, Dieter Burdorf, Professor, Department of Philology, Leipzig University, Federal Republic of Germany
Thursday, March 26, Myrna S. Austria, Vice President, De La Salle University, Republic of the Philippines
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Monday, March 16, Head and staff, The Overseas Turks and Kin Communities Agency, Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry
Friday, February 27, Directors, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER)
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February 23, Staff, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
February 18, Askar Davletov, Dean, Department of Physics and Technology, The Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
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February 9, Edward Crawley, President, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology  
January 19, Kuo-En Chang, President, National Taiwan Normal University


spacer December 19, Damdinsuren Tseveendorj, Director, Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS), Mongolian People’s Republic.
Notre Dame 
2014 UC visit
December 16, Prof. Robert Norton, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A.
spacer December 12, Prof. Albert P. Pisano, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.
2014 Purdue, Nov. 18
November 25, Dr. Ester B. Ogena, President of Philippine Normal University, Philippines.
spacer November 18, Dr. Peggy Gerard, Vice President of Purdue University Calumet, U.S.A.
Germany, Oct. 28 
2014 Thailand, Oct. 10
October 28, Dr. Werner Mueller-Esterl, President of Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. spacer October 10, a large group of faculty and staff visited from Mahidol University, Thailand.
Netherlands, Oct. 8 
2014 Canada Oct. 8
October 8, Dr. Elmer Sterken, President of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
spacer October 8, Dr. John W. Hepburn, Vice President of the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Italy 10, 3 
2014 Germany 10, 3
October 3, Museum Director, Mr. Fiorenzo Galli from the Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, Italy spacer October 3, Dr. Dieter Lenzen, President of the University of Hamburg, Germany.
2014 Padolina
October 31, Headmaster Poramest Molee from Triam Udom Suksa [High] School in Bangkok, Thailand, led group of school officials and instructors. spacer August 1, President, Prof. Dr. William G. Padolina of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines.
Dhonburi R. Univ.
2014 McRobbie - Indiana
May 22, Prof. Aree Vachiravarakarn from Dhonburi  Rajabhat University, Thailand, led a large group of 23. spacer May 20, Prof. Michael McRobbie, President of Indiana University, USA.
Correa do Lago - Brazil 2014




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May 12, Andre Aranha Corrêa do Lago [center], Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil, his wife, and Nagoya Consul-General Arnaldo Caiche D'oliveira. spacer April 25, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the former First Lady of the State of Qatar.
Martosentono 2014 Tripuspaningsih
  April, 18, Dr. Kasiyarno Martosentono, President of Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia.
spacer April 10, Prof. Ms. Ni Nyoman Tripuspaningsih, Director of Academic Exchange at Airlangga University, Republic of Indonesia.
Zhu Chongshi 2014 R. Rajatanavin
April 9, Prof. Zhu Chongshi, President of Xiamen University, China.
spacer April 4, Prof. Rajata Rajatanavin, President of Mahidol University, Thailand.


2014   Taiwan CCU
April 4, Prof. Samar Hasnain, the "RENKEI" coordinator at The University of Liverpool, England.
spacer March 18, Prof. Amy Huey-Ling SHEE, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan.




March 5, Gergely Pröhle, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Hungary  spacer January 15, Joao Grandino Rodas, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.



Goethe University Frankfurt

December 2, Urs Bucher, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Swiss Embassy, Tokyo.
spacer November 12, Dr. Mathias Diederich, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Indiana U


M. Brosseau

November 8, Mr. Shawn Reynolds, Associate Vice President for International Partnerships, Indiana University, USA.
spacer October 25, M. Charles-Henri Brosseau, Consulat général de France à Kyoto.

Shanghai Jiao Tong



October 23, Vice President Huang Zhen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
spacer October 10, Rector Magnificus Elmer Sterken, University of Groningen, Netherlands (this was the Rector's second visit to OU).




October 8, Minister of Technology H.E. Dr. Ko Ko Oo of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar spacer October 4, APRU (The Association of Pacific Rim Universities) Secretary General Dr. Christopher Tremewan




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Delegation from Pakistan

October 2, Huda Al-Ameel, the President of Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University for Women in Saudi Arabia spacer September 12, Ambassador, Farukh Amil, and Consular, Muhammad Naseer, from the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Tokyo

Tongji University


Visit Saudi Arabia

July 27, Dr. Dong Qi, Vice President, Tongji University, People's Republic of China
spacer July 5, Cultural Attaché, Dr. Essam Bukhary, and Academic Adviser, Mohammad Eshiba, from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Tokyo

UC Davis 2



June 28, Executive Director, UC Davis Education Abroad Program, Prof. Jean-Xavier Guinard. The professor also took part in a joint OU-UC seminar (view photo) on the same day. spacer June 18, Dr. Kang-Min Yu, Provost at Yonsei University, Korea




May 20, Mr. Matthias Frey, Manager, Science and Technology Department, Swiss Embassy, Tokyo

May 14, Dr. Tippawan Pinvanichkul, Vice President, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand



 Indiana U

March 5, Chen Yiyi, Vice President, Tongji University, China

March 5, Dr. David Zaret, Vice President, Indiana University, USA

Universität Bielefeld


Thailand 2-2013

February 28, Dr. Gerhard Sagerer, Dr. Martina Kessel, President and Vice-President, respectively from the Universitat Bielefeld, Germany.

February 22, Associate Professor Dr. Bundit Fungtammasan from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand




December 10, KOJIMA Seiji, former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Thailand
November 15, Dr. Gilles Bloch, French Atomic Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission




November 13, Dr. Philoteus Erwin Alex Tuerah, President of Manado State University, Indonesia spacer October 24 and 25, Dr. Martin Bickl, Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main, Germany




October 23, Prof. Chau Van Minh, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Vietnam
spacer October 11, Rector Magnificus Elmer Sterken, University of Groningen, Netherlands

De La Salle Univ



October 10, Brother Ricardo P. Laguda FSC, President of De La Salle University, Philippines, and Prof. Arnulfo P. Azcarraga, Vice Chancellor for Research spacer September 12, Julien Rikkoert, Press and Culture Affairs Officer, Consul General Roderick WOLS, Consulate General of the Netherlands in Osaka/Kobe




August 31, Prof. Hubert GIJZEN, Director of UNESCO Office in Jakarta, Indonesia

August 21, President Chan Gyu LEE, Changwon National University, Korea

Note: For information and photos of OU trustees, go here.

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