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Fanor Mondragón Pérez

Professor, Coordinator of Graduate Program in Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, University of Antioquia

The Hokkaido University Ambassador and Partner Program is an excellent way to promote the university around the world and to create two-way communication with different universities, institutions and regions. This kind of communication is especially beneficial for a country like Colombia, which has very little contact with its Asian counterparts.

For me, it will be a very good opportunity to collaborate with HU where I obtained my doctoral degree in 1984 with a thesis on the chemistry of coal conversion into liquids. Since my return to Colombia, and with the help of my advisor the late Professor Koji Ouchi, I started a research laboratory working on renewable and non-renewable energy resources. Through this, I have published more than 130 scientific papers, 8 patents and supervised 16 PhD theses. Now through the Ambassador Program, my wish is to promote young people from Colombia who would like to carry out their Masters, PhD or internships at HU.

At the same time, I also think it will be very interesting for Japanese scholars to come to Antioquia to participate in joint research projects and to learn about the local culture. The Ambassador Program is a good way to make this happen and I am most happy to “give back” to HU, which is a university that means a lot to me.

Although there are not many exchanges between our universities due to the distance, the two way learning will be very important for both universities. The University of Antioquia is the second largest and most prestigious university in Colombia, so its promotion to the world will make a difference to our students.

Last year, we were visited by Professor Kiyoharu Tadanaga, a materials scientist from the Applied Chemistry Department who delivered some lectures to the graduate students in Chemical Sciences. Together with Professor Tadanaga, we filed an application to the Learning Satellite Program of HU. The proposal was approved for 2018 and 2019. Under this program two lecturers and 5 graduate students from HU will visit the University of Antioquia in November 2018 to deliver lectures and to carry out a mini-symposium which will be attended by students from HU and from UA.

Left up: Near ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectrometer -NAP-XPS, Right & Left down: Professor Tadanaga (HU) with the director of the Graduate Program at Antioquia University, Medellin, Colombia. Prof. Tadanaga visited Guatape, a small town near Medellin.

Aerial photo of University of Antioquia (Courtesy of University of Antioquia)

University of Antioquia – Research facility (Courtesy of University of Antioquia)