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MOU concluded with Media & Networks Cluster

July 26,2007

YRP concluded a memorandum of understanding for cooperative scientific relationship with the Media & Networks Cluster, France, on July 26, 2007.

The Media & Networks is a cluster which has brought together higher education and academic research institutions, SMEs and large companies mainly located at Rennes, Lannion, and Brest in the region of Brittany, France, who are leaders in the field of media and networks. The Media & Networks Cluster has 144 members (99 SMEs, 24 academic institutions, 21 large companies), and helps them develop innovative and globally competitive technologies for three markets of audiovisual, telecommunications and information technologies. (*Please refer to the Note 1 for more information on the cluster policy of France.)

The members of the Media & Networks Cluster include four research parks, namely Technopole Brest-Iroise (Brest), who signed an MOU with YRP in November 2001, Rennes Atalante (Rennes), Anticipa Technopole du Tregor (Lannion), and VIPE (Vannes), participated by leading French companies, including France Telecom, Thomson, and Alcatel, and foreign enterprises, such as Motorola, Cannon, Mitsubishi Electric, Renesas, and Alcatel-Lucent. Among others, France Telecom has concentrated 45% of its researchers on the Media & Networks Cluster. A total of approximately 15,000 researchers work in the cluster as a whole.

 

In March this year, delegates from the Bretagne International (an association funded by the Regional Council of Brittany, with a mission to promote international development of local industries) visited YRP with Mr. Marc Labbey, the Vice President of the Regional Council of Brittany.

YRP and Bretagne International took this opportunity to start discussing possible benefits from mutual cooperation between YRP and Media & Networks, a global-scale cluster in Brittany, which has led both parties to conclude this MOU.

The delegation from Brittany, led by Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the President of the Regional Council of Brittany, visited YRP to attend the MOU signing ceremony. Mr. Jean-Dominique Meunier, Vice President of the Media & Networks Cluster, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, President, and Mr. Marc Labbey, Vice President of the Regional Council of Brittany, and Mr. Bernard Angot, President of the Bretagne International, signed the MOU on behalf of the Media & Networks Cluster. Representing YRP, Mr. Ryoichi Kabaya, President of Yokosuka Telecom Research Park, Inc. / Mayor of Yoksuka, Dr. Mitsutoshi Hatori, Chairman, Mr. Akio Motai, Presdient, and Dr. Shingo Ohmori, Vice President of YRP R&D Promotion Committee, singed the agreement.

 *Note 1: Cluster Policy in France

In 2005, the French Government launched this policy to enhance R&D capacity nationwide by promoting collaborations among academic institutions, national research laboratories, and industries. The OSEO SME Development Agency, the National Research Agency, and the Industrial Innovation Agency have been newly established to drive R&D activities in the private sector by providing financial and other support programs for R&D efforts of SMEs and innovative industrial projects.

The French Government has chosen competitive regional clusters to consolidate their collective power for strengthened R&D capabilities across France. Collaborative research projects among the members of a cluster are entitled to funding support, tax reduction, and other incentives. Out of 67 clusters across France that have been approved under this policy, 19 are ICT clusters. The Media & Networks is one of the five ICT clusters that have a privileged status to be recognized as internationally competitive.


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