On 28 June 2021 the AGH UST University of Science and Technology and Shibaura Institute of Technology based in Tokyo, Japan, signed an agreement establishing a second degree programme leading to joint and dual awards in Energy and Environmental Protection.
The Agreement was signed by the AGH UST Rector, Professor Jerzy Lis and the SIT President – Professor Jun Yamada. The signing ceremony, which was held online, was also attended by: Professor Rafał Wiśniowski – AGH UST Vice-Rector for Cooperation, Professor Monika Motak, Dean of the Faculty of Energy and Fuels, Professor Janusz Szmyd – AGH UST Coordinator for Cooperation with Japanese Partners, Małgorzata Bartyś, MA, representing the Centre for Organisation of Education, Professor Akito Takasaki – SIT Vice-President, Professor Hitoshi Nakamura – Dean of Graduate School of Engineering and Science, Yong Jin Chung – General Manager Division of Academic Affairs, Osamu Sugiyama – General Manager Division of Global Initiatives, Mr. Yuichi Murata – Manager of Graduate School Section.
The curriculum for the Programme in Energy and Environmental Engineering has been developed by a team headed by Professor Janusz Szmyd. Mr Szmyd is in charge of coordinating cooperation with Japanese partners on the part of AGH UST, having liaised with most renowned Japanese universities for 30 years.
The close cooperation between AGH UST and Shibaura Institute of Technology dates back to 2004. The actions undertaken by both institutions concentrate on research (mainly in the field of power engineering and materials science) as well as on student mobility programmes and joint doctoral education (dual awards agreement). Shibaura Institute of Technology is one of AGH UST’s key Japanese partners. This private university, with its campus located in central Tokyo, has over 8000 students. In September 2014 SIT was ranked as one of the top Japanese universities and colleges. The institution receives special support from Japan’s Ministry for Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (under the “Top Global University Project”).
The curriculum for a dual award EQF Level 7 programme in Energy and Environmental Engineering has been developed as part of a project financed by the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA). AGH UST received funding from NAWA for implementation of the KATAMARAN Project (Full title of the project: KATAMARAN: Support for the institutional capability of Polish universities and colleges through creation and delivery of international degree programmes).
The aim of the KATAMARAN Project is to support the institutional capability of Polish universities and research centres providing education through creation and delivery of high quality joint second degree programmes leading to a joint or dual award, to promote internationalisation and, last but not least, to make Polish universities a more attractive option for foreign students through a wider choice of interesting degree courses.