Institutional life, International

The Université de Lyon meets the Japanese Consuls of Marseille and Lyon

On The June 17, 2021


The Université de Lyon (UdL) met with the Japanese Consuls of Marseille and Lyon on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss French-Japanese academic and scientific collaborations and to promote the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize.

The Université de Lyon had the honor of being host to Yukuo Murata, Consul General of Japan in Marseille and Kenji Kuratomi, Consul of Japan in Lyon, on June 17, 2021. They were greeted by Stéphane Martinot, Provisional Administrator of the Université de Lyon, Frédéric Fotiadu, Director of the INSA Lyon, Damien Fabrègue, Vice-President for International Relations at the INSA Lyon, and Séverine Dalynjak, Head of the UdL’s department for international attractiveness and promotion.

The meeting was an opportunity to review ongoing French-Japanese academic and scientific collaborations, as well as to promote the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize.

  • The Université de Lyon has two main partners in Japan: the University of Tokyo and the University of Tohoku. It is supported by the ElytMax International Joint Unit to provide local representation, which is coordinated by the INSA Lyon. Collaborations are based on research and research training activities. The main themes focus on societal issues that affect both countries, such as energy, urban development, health care, data science and artificial intelligence.
  • The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, established by the Japanese government in 2006, honors men and women who have outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious disease and other diseases in Africa, thus contributing to the health and welfare of the African people and of all humankind. The 4th edition of the Noguchi Prize will take place in 2022, during the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

Given the long-standing academic and economic ties between Japan and the City of Lyon, and the fact that the World Health Academy will be based in Lyon in 2023, the Université de Lyon is committed to promoting the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize within its scientific and academic community.

From right to left: Frédéric Fotiadu (INSA Lyon), Yukuo Murata (Japanese Consulate in Marseille), Stéphane Martinot (Université de Lyon), Kenji Kuratomi (Japanese Consulate in Lyon), Damien Fabrègue (INSA Lyon).