Representatives from a Japanese university have visited the University of Worcester for talks on how the two institutions can work together more closely.
A delegation from Toin University of Yokohama met with key figures at Worcester and took a tour of some of its facilities, including the University of Worcester Arena and The Hive.
Nobuko Tanaka, Associate Professor at Toin University, said: “We wanted to find the best way to connect with the University of Worcester because we have a partnership agreement.
“We hope to increase cooperation and think about how the programme should operate.”
She said that a possible first step might be a student language exchange programme. She also said another avenue for partnership might revolve around sport, with Japan set to host a number of high profile sporting tournaments in the next few years, including the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
The University is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for inclusive sport, and has already been involved in discussions with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Committee on planning a legacy for its games.
Catherine Hyde, Head of International Experience at the University of Worcester, said: “We are delighted to develop this partnership. There is a strong interest in Japanese language and culture among students at the University of Worcester and we are keen to find creative ways for them to engage with Toin.”
The visitors praised the facilities at the University, particularly the accessibility of the University of Worcester Arena and the design of The Hive.