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JRI Enters a Partnership with Fudan University of China

Janualy 07, 2005

The Japan Research Institute, Ltd. (head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president: Shunichi Okuyama, hereinafter "JRI") has signed with Fudan University of China (Shanghai) a memorandum of partnership for building a comprehensive cooperating relationship focusing on research in Japan.

Aiming at bilateral exchanges of information, human resources and investment, etc., with a view to sustaining and strengthening the Sino-Japanese friendship in the long term, as well as contributing to the development of Sino-Japanese economic relations, both parties will plan, propose and implement specific joint projects regarding the following points:

(1) Bilateral exchange of research results and various information
(2) Implementation of commissioned and joint research, and execution of joint projects by both parties
(3) Organization of visits by both parties

In addition, as for specific projects, both parties have agreed on establishing by the end of June 2005 joint research and joint projects regarding bilateral economic development and project exchanges, and will start coordinating them. For the time being, human resources development and technology transfers related to energy savings and reuse of resources are being examined as a first theme.

JRI's information network in Asia will be strengthened as part of the present project, and in the future, by concluding similar partnerships with universities and research organizations of China and Asian countries, we hope to enlarge further our field of action as a think tank on a global scale.

Fudan University in Brief (for reference)


1905 Founded as Fudan College.
1917 Renamed to Fudan University (Private). Art Department, Science, Business, and Preparatory School and high school established.
1941 Renamed to Fudan University (Public).
1949 Five Universities of Literature, Science, Law, Business, and Agriculture, and 20 departments established. Designated as a national key university.
2000 Merged with the Shanghai Medical University to become the new "Fudan University".

Distinctive Characteristics

- Designated as a national key university by China's National Board of Education (Corresponds to the Japanese Ministry of Education).
- A comprehensive university with departments of humanities, social sciences, history, medicine, science, MBA studies, etc.
- Well-known Chinese scholars such as Lu Xun, Lao She, Guo Moruo, Ma Yinchu, etc., teach at Fudan University.

Current Organization

- 17 Schools (universities within Fudan University) including the schools of Humanities, Foreign Languages, Journalism, Law, Economy, Management (MBA), Science and Engineering, Life Sciences, Shanghai Medecine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Information Processing, International Relations, Computing, etc.
- 69 departments, 73 disciplines, including 40 disciplines designated as national key disciplines (ranks third nationally).
- 77 research laboratories (example: the World Economy Research Institute), 126 research centers (example: Center for Japanese Studies).
- 9 attached hospital, 5 national key research laboratories (ex: bioscience, genetics, optic fiber, etc.)
- Approximately 45,000 students, including 16,200 students at bachelor level, approximately 7,000 students at master's level, approximately 3,100 students at doctoral level, and 1,760 foreign students. There are also approximately 11,000 adult students at bachelor level and approximately 5,800 students enrolled in online courses.
- Faculty and staff of 2,400, including 1,350 professors and associate professors, 24 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and more than 660 doctoral supervisors, etc.

International Exchange

- Mutual exchanges and partnerships concluded with more than 200 universities and research organizations in 30 countries and regions (with 32 schools in Japan).
- More than 300 professors emeriti.
- Many heads of state, including the heads of state of U.S.A. and France, have given speeches at Fudan University.

For customer inquiries, please contact:
Kyori Sasaki
Research Department, the Japan Research Institute, Limited

Tel: 03-3288-6346

For press inquiries, please contact:
Yoshihito Sato
Public Affairs Department, the Japan Research Institute, Limited

Tel: 03-3288-5360

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