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University of Tokyo supports AIT for AGS affiliate membership


The President of the University of Tokyo, Professor Hiroshi Komiyama, recently formally wrote to AIT President Said Irandoust, expressing his strong support to AIT in becoming an affiliate member of the prestigious Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) initiative. http://globalsustainability.org/

The AGS is a unique, international partnership between four of the world's leading science and technology universities namely, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); University of Tokyo; and Chalmers (Sweden), with the aim of pursuing research and development within complex global issues, focusing on environmental science and sustainable development. Created in 1997, the AGS today brings together hundreds of university scientists, engineers, and social scientists to address the complex issues that lie at the intersection of environmental, economic, and social goals.

In his communication, President Komiyama wrote that AIT would be able to contribute to the AGS based on its strength in the Asian region, particularly
South-East Asia. The AGS annual meeting will take place at MIT at the end of January 2008, and President Komiyama offered to raise this subject in the agenda of the AGS Presidents’ Meeting.