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Memorandum of Cooperation signed on Cooperation between Iceland and Japan: Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture, had a bilateral meeting with Koichi HAGIUDA, Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. At the meeting, the ministers discussed, among other things, the countries' successful cooperation in the field of education and science, based on the diplomatic relationship between the two countries, which can be traced back to 1956.

A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed to strengthen cooperation in education, science, technology and innovation which will further strengthen the ties between the countries.

"The MOC touches on important aspects such as cooperation, sharing of ideas, networking and knowledge exchange. It is therefore intended to promote joint research projects, for example, in the fields of Arctic science and marine research, as well as research in the field of renewable energy, as well as humanities and social sciences, "says Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture.

Today's meeting was the prelude to another event, the third Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) where Iceland and Japan are co-hosts of the meeting to take place, 8-9 May 2021, with the participation of 28 states and 6 Arctic Indigenous Peoples' organizations.

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