H.E Nasser Ahmed Alsowaidi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development received at his office today the Japanese delegation led by Prof. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, President of the University of Tokyo, in the presence of his Excellency Yoshihiko Kamo the Ambassador of Japan to the State and 20 people representing a number of scientific institutes and research centers in Japan. The meeting discussed joint cooperation in the field of higher education in the framework of memoranda of understanding and bilateral agreements between both sides, most recently of which was the cooperation between Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Japan Center for International Cooperation in the field of academic programs; and the UAE University and the Medical Excellence Japan Centre concerning the provision of sophisticated systems and modern medical services.H.E. Nasser Alsowaidi stressed during the meeting that relation between Abu Dhabi and Japan is strategic and branches out in many economic and investment areas, noting, that the Abu Dhabi Japan Economic Forum organized by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development in February 2013, resulted in the signing of 10 agreements and memoranda of understanding between a number of government and semi-government organizations, in Abu Dhabi and Japan in fields of research and studies, education, health, energy, investment and others. The head of the Japanese delegation expressed his keenness on promoting relations with Abu Dhabi in the area of education and the provision of scientific expertise, in order to contribute to the achievement of the future objectives and enablers of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, saying that the University of Tokyo and its scientific and academic expertise, is keen to strengthen partnership with scientific and academic institutions in Abu Dhabi , through exchange of experiences and joint educational projects. The Chairman of the Department of Economic Development attended part of the meetings with the Japanese delegation. Ms. Noura Al Nowais, Director of International Business at the Department of Economic Development, said that relations between Abu Dhabi and Japan increasingly grew and advanced in recent years, backed by efforts to promote partnership in the fields of economy, education and culture.Al Nowais said that Abu Dhabi is focusing its efforts on shifting from an oil-based to a knowledge-based economy, with concentration today on the development of education, which constitutes an area of cooperation in partnership and with Japan.The Japanese delegation at the meeting was briefed on Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, and its goals of achieving sustainable economic development, and the knowledge-based economy, which require enhanced cooperation between Abu Dhabi and countries that have the technology and scientific knowledge, the two main enablers for the realization of the vision. The delegation was also enlightened during the meeting by two presentations from the UAE and Zayed universities, which included information reflecting the orientation of higher education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to keep abreast of all developments and interdisciplinary scientific curricula that focus on business and economic development, industry, aviation and other areas that are the focus of Vision 2030. The Japanese side also gave information about a number of universities and research and studies centers in Japan, reviewing the scientific and academic opportunities, which could form the basis and foundation for strengthening cooperation between the two sides in the field of education. The two sides exchanged ideas and at the end of the meeting on many scientific disciplines among academic institutions in Japan, and the possibility of developing educational programs, increasing student visits to Japan, and offering specialized scientific and technical courses in many disciplines.