Scottish institute Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Japanese non-profit organisation Nippon Foundation (NF) have signed a letter of intent to collaborate in areas of strategic significance in ocean innovation.
Founded in 1962, NF has carried out various activities in more than 100 countries to date.
Last year, the Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Consortium was launched in Japan encompassing universities, industries and public agencies to train people for different aspects of offshore development.
The new partnership envisages increasing the number of offshore engineers to 10,000 by 2030, when the offshore sector is expected to grow to a £370bn industry.
NF chairman Dr Yohei Sasakawa said: “I would like to especially look to RGU to take the lead role so that RGU and the Nippon Foundation, hand in hand cooperate not only in educating students but also strengthening and deepening our partnership with industry.”
Under the deal, RGU is expected to support and provide adequate training to the skilled personnel for the sector.
RGU principal professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski said: “International links are very important for universities and I am very pleased that RGU will be able to contribute to the training of personnel for Japan’s offshore sector.”
The students who participated in the signing programme studied different aspects of marine engineering, as well as took subsea training. They will also take part in the Offshore Europe conference at the city’s Exhibition Centre this week.
Image: The signing of the letter of intent between the Nippon Foundation and RGU. Photo: courtesy of Robert Gordon University.