Prof Chung Duk Kim, Chairman of KOSEF,
Prof Kajiyama, President of Kyushu University,
Prof Arikawa, Vice-President of Kyushu University,
Prof Dae Yong Kim, Chungnam National University,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
I am very proud to declare that JSPS has today
started a new Core University Programme with KOSEF on the "Next
Generation Internet." Kyushu University and Chungnam National
University will take the role of core universities for the next
The Core University Programme is the flagship
of JSPS's international collaboration in Asia. JSPS and KOSEF
are already conducting, very effectively, five projects under
this scheme. Energy, semiconductors, ceramics, soft materials,
and fisheries; each project is unique and requires a different
research approach. They all have the benefit of collaboration
This new project on the Internet has a particularly
promising future, both in terms of scientific achievement and
in strengthening our friendship ties.
The Internet has a huge impact on us. The
first time I encountered it was about ten years ago when I worked
at the Ministry of Education and Science. Though not an expert
in the field, I recognised right away the value of the technology
not only in improving the quality of life and work, but also in
enhancing the quality of education and research.
This has now come true. We can no longer imagine
life and work without email or the Internet. Computer technology,
together with the global network, has also fundamentally changed
the nature of learning and researching. Universities have changed
dramatically, opening new horizons of research in many areas.
I am impressed by the fantastic progress that
has been made in information technology over the past ten years.
For example, later in the ceremony, Prof Kajiyama will deliver
us a message via TV conferencing all the way from his campus in
Kyushu. Also, I can exchange email with Chairman Kim of KOSEF
at anytime everyday! It's splendid how this technology is enriching
Nevertheless, there are still many aspects
of this field that we can explore together. On-line security is
still a very serious issue, as we saw in the rapid spread of the
MSBlast to hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. E-learning
and virtual museums are being developed, and will expand our academic
and cultural activities. More work is also needed in high-quality
network technology, such as IPv6, multicast communication and
wireless communication. So there are still many challenges for
us to take on together.
The great advantages of the Core University
Programme are the large scale of its exchanges and its flexibility.
Any expert in the subject field can join our projects. So this
is not just a Kyushu-Chungnam joint programme. It can accommodate
the best researchers from any university. Japan will encourage
the participation of leading researchers in this programme.
Japan and Korea are two countries at the cutting
edge of IT technology and industry, which makes our joint initiative
a most ideal channel of collaboration. I believe that we are both
good at originality, creativity and hard work. Combining these
qualities, I am confident that we will achieve high goals under
the strong leadership of Prof Arikawa and Prof Dae Yong Kim, the
two coordinators of the programme.
Ladies and gentlemen, it again gives me great
pleasure to be here with you this evening to celebrate the start
of this programme. I ask all of you to work with us in advancing
this collaboration. I look forward to our progress bringing Japan
and Korea even closer together.
Thank you very much.