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Bhutan and Kyoto University 60th Anniversary Memorial Events
This invitation project was supported by the Kyoto University President's FY2017 Discretionary Fund for “Bhutan and Kyoto University 60th Anniversary Memorial Events: Symposium on GNH with HRH Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck” (member organizations: Institute for Advanced Study, Unit for Himalayan Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Primate Research Institute, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Medicine, Hall of Global Environmental Research, Kokoro Research Center). https://kuias.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/news/2017/10/19_nw
ブータン王国 ソナム・デチェン・ワンチュク王女

The relationship between Bhutan and Kyoto University started in 1957. Initially, professors of Kyoto University such as Prof. Takeo Kuwabara welcomed and guided Her Majesty Kezang Choden Wangchuck, the Queen of the Third King of Bhutan, in Kyoto. The following year, Dr. Sasuke Nakao, who was a graduate of Kyoto University, became the first Japanese person to conduct research activities in Bhutan. In 2010, Kyoto University professors met with His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan, who was the first to advocate the concept of GNH, Gross National Happiness. Through this meeting, the Kyoto University Bhutan Friendship Program (KU-Bhutan) was subsequently launched, which aims to play a key role in strengthening and further developing important friendship and collaboration between Bhutan and Kyoto University. In August of 2013, an MOU was established between Royal University of Bhutan and Kyoto University. On July 11th, 2016, using Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study as the window, an academic exchange program was implemented between Kyoto University and all the colleges of Royal University of Bhutan, to promote collaborative research.

As of this year, it has been 60 years since Kyoto University and the Kingdom of Bhutan began their relationship. As a unique contribution to international service, Kyoto University has been serving as a bridge between Japan and Bhutan's academic exchange, by working with the Kingdom of Bhutan on building equal partnerships in research, education and contributions to society. While focusing on GNH, these events welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck and Kyoto University professors (President Juichi Yamagiwa, et al.), to provide a platform where the future can be discussed between Bhutan and Kyoto University.

More details: KUIAS to welcome Princess of Bhutan: Bhutan and Kyoto University 60th anniversary memorial events https://kuias.kyoto-u.ac.jp/e/news/2017/10/19_nw
October 21
Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck landed safely at Kansai International Airport. After visiting Rokuon-ji, Her Royal Highness attended a welcome reception and dinner at Kyoto Brighton Hotel guided by Dr. Nagahiro Minato, Provost and Executive Vice-President of Kyoto University.

Welcome Reception Dinner at Kyoto, for HRH Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck of the Kingdom of Bhutan

Date & Time: October 21, 2017. 17:00- (Doors open 30 minutes prior to start)
Venue: The Kyoto Brighton Hotel
Participation Fee: 5000 JPY (Students 1000 JPY)
October 22
Her Royal Highness visited Nijo Castle, and the Japan Health Foundation, before enjoying a traditional Japanese tea ceremony with Dr. Genshitsu Sen 15th tea master of the Urasenke family. Her Royal Highness then travelled to Tokyo.
October 23
Her Royal Highness was introduced to Mr Kazuhiro Nakamoto, President of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, before attending a welcome reception and dinner at Hotel New Otani with Ambassador Masahiko Horie.

Welcome Reception Dinner at Tokyo, for HRH Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck of the Kingdom of Bhutan

Date & Time: October 23, 2017. 18:00-
Venue: Banquet Room Ho, Hotel New Otani
Participation Fee: 5000 JPY
October 24
Her Royal Highness met with the Imperial Highness Empress Michiko at the Royal Palace, before visiting the family of Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko Akishino and Princess Mako. Finally, Her Royal Highness was welcomed by the family of the Crown Prince, Princess Masako, and Princess Aiko.
October 25
Her Royal Highness returned from Tokyo to attend a luncheon in Kyoto, hosted by Dr Yamagiwa, President of Kyoto University. Her Royal Highness then attended the Bhutan and Kyoto University 60th Anniversary Memorial Symposium.

Bhutan & Kyoto University 60th Anniversary Memorial Symposium

Date: October 25th (Wed.), 2017. Time: 15:00-18:00
Venue: Symposium Hall, 5th floor, International Science Innovation Building, Kyoto University

Language: English / Reception (18:30-): 5,000JPY (Students: 1,000JPY)


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October 26
Her Royal Highness visited CiRA (Center for IPS Cell Research and Application), guided by Nobel Prize laureate Shinya Yamanaka, and Director of CiRA. Her Royal Highness then visited Kyoto University Hospital. Her Royal Highness then participated in a Round-table discussion with Kyoto University members, before visiting Kyoto University of Art and Design.
October 27
Her Royal Highness has now returned safely to Bhutan, having further strengthened the friendship between Bhutan and Kyoto University and shared many memorable moments over the course of the visit.