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MoU conclusion with Budapest University of Technology and

Economics of Hungary

March 18, 2008

YRP R&D Promotion Committee and Yokosuka Telecom Research Park, Inc. concluded a memorandum of understanding for research cooperation with Budapest University of Technology and Economics of Hungary on March 18, 2008. The signing ceremony took place in the Embassy of Hungary in Japan in Tokyo in the presence of Dr. Kinga Göncz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary , who was visiting Japan , and Mr. Sato Tsutomu, Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan .


Mr. Motai Akio, President of YRP R&D Promotion Committee signed the MOU on behalf of YRP. Dr. Hatori Mitsutoshi, Chairman of YRP R&D Promotion Committee, and Mr. Kabaya Ryoichi, President of Yokosuka Telecom Research Park, Inc., who were unable to attend the ceremony, had signed the agreement in advance. On behalf of BME, Dr. Gábor MAGYAR, Director for Strategic Affairs, signed the MOU.

On the occasion, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) also concluded a MoU with BME, and Vice Minister Sato Tsutomu gave a speech after the MoU conclusion ceremony.

Based on this MOU, YRP and BME will cooperate with each other in a wide range of activities, including the exchange of information and personnel, promotion of R&D collaborations, and marketing of developed technologies.

MoU concluding ceremony

Left: Dr. Gábor MAGYAR, Director for Strategic Affairs, BME

Right: Mr. Motai Akio, President, YRP R&D Promotion Committee


Left: Vice Minister Sato Tsutomu giving a speech after the MoU Concluding ceremony

Right: Dr. Kinga Göncz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary

About Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is one of the most relevant and high-ranking technical higher education institutions in Central Europe . BME is proud to be a multilingual university offering courses in Hungarian, in English, in French and in German. The university has 77 Departments and the number of students is 24.000 in 18 BSc and 17 MSc Programmes, incl. 900 PhD students/candidates in the frame of 15 Doctorate Schools. The structure of the education is a BSc-MSc-PhD three-cycle system.

The University has been awarded by the Hungarian Golden Quality Prize in Higher Education and by the Web Popularity Ranking is the 81st University in Europe .

BME has very broad range of educational and scientific activities. In the frame of cooperation with YRP various fields of telecommunications, media and information technology and computer science should be emphasized: high-speed info-communications networks and techniques (optical, wired and wireless; configuration, dimensioning, planning, optimization, performance analysis of infocom networks, conformance testing of operation procedures, protocols, QoS, security);

multimedia and content management (issues on databases, information security, CMS technologies, data/text/media content mining, knowledge representation and creation); computational intelligence; speech technologies (speech recognition, speech synthesis, text-to-speech, computer telephony) and speech acoustics.

Nobel laureates of BME are: Eugene Wigner (theoretical physics, 1963), Dennis Gábor (holography, 1971) and George Oláh (carbonic chemistry, 1994). A great number of scientists of international reputation graduated at BME (e.g. inventors of the carburettor for automobiles, the transformer for electrical networks, the magic Rubik Cube, etc.).

The University has a good and industry-oriented R&D activity. The list of the partner international/multinational companies is long, e. g. Alcoa, Audi, Bosch, eOn, Ericsson, Flextronics, GE, HP, T- Com, IBM, Intel, Knorr-Bremse, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, PanTel, SAP, Siemens, Visteon.

BME has memberships in the prestigious international higher education organizations and networks like EUA, CESAEER, CRP, SEFI, Athens Network, T.I.M.E. Association, ACA, DEAN, OECD-IMHE, ENEN, EDEN , INU, IAUP and there are 170 University Bilateral Agreements with institutions in 5 continents.

The BME Main Strategic Objective is to be a valuable member of the European Research and Higher Education Area, harmonizing theory and practice and to be a European Centre of Excellence in the creation and transfer of Engineering and Business Knowledge.


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