Princess Takamado giving the UH campuses a royal treatment

Japan-Finland Programme 2007-2011 strengthens the research collaboration.

Princess Takamado

Emphasizing the importance of building relationships between cultures, between universities and between one other, University of Helsinki campuses in Meilahti, Viikki and Kumpula were treated to a visit from Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado. The visit was a part of the official state visit to Finland.

During the visit at the Department of Chemistry in Kumpula campus, the princess and her delegation was given a presentation on the activities at the campus by Dean Keijo Hämäläinen. They were also presented new research areas and given a guided tour in the laboratories.

- I think that we will see even more research collaborations between the universities in Japan and Finland in the future. We already have a good programme supported by both countries which is a good base for further cooperation, Princess Takamado said.

The princess visited University of Helsinki once before as the Finnish Institute in Japan launched the program Japan-Finland Programme 2007-2011. The aim of the programme is to strengthen and widen the existing research collaboration between the two countries.

Princess Takamado (憲仁親王妃久子 Norihito shinnō-hi Hisako, née Hisako Tottori), born 10 July 1953 is, through marriage, a member of the Japanese Imperial Family. She is the eldest daughter of Japanese industrialist Shigejiro Tottori. She subsequently graduated from Girton College, Cambridge University in the UK in 1975 with undergraduate degrees in anthropology and archaeology.

During her official state visit, Princess Takamado also became familiar with protection of the Baltic Sea, the Finnish elderly care, Fiskars, Turku and the music festival in Porvoo.

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Text: Karin Hannukainen and Nathalie Edman
Photo: Eeva Anundi

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