Nine students and four scholars from diverse academic fields at both Icelandic and Japanese universities, received grants from the Watanabe Trust Fund at the University of Iceland. The total amount of grants allocated at a ceremony at the University of Iceland on 27 April was close to eleven million Icelandic Krona. Toshizo Watanabe, founder of the fund and his wife, Hidemi Watanabe both attended the ceremony.
The Watanabe Trust Fund was established at the University of Iceland in 2008 and plays a significant part in strengthening the academic ties between Iceland and Japan. The fund gives Icelandic students and academics a unique chance to study and work at a Japanese university, and equally Japanese students and academics get the chance to study and work in Iceland, at the University of Iceland.
This was the seventh time scholarships are offered by the Fund when thirteen applicants received grants; eight from Iceland and five from Japan.
Maxwell Christopher Brown, Scientist working at Institute of Earth Science, University of Iceland, receives a grant for a two weeks stay and research in paleomagnetism at the Kochi University Center for Advanced Core Research. His work in Japan will be a continuation of Dr. Yuhji Yamomotos research in Iceland, who visited Iceland last summer, with support from the Watanabe Trust Fund to collect samples.