On March 14 2023 a 15-minute meeting took place between Minister HAYASHI and Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University.
An outline of the meeting is as follows:
- Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi welcomed Prof. Marwala’s assumption of office as the Rector of the United Nations University and stated that Japan attaches great importance to strengthening its relationship with the United Nations University, which is the only United Nations organization headquartered in Japan.
- In response, Prof. Marwala expressed his appreciation for Japan’s support for the United Nations University and stated that he would like to further strengthen cooperation with Japan.
- They also discussed engagement with the “Global South” and responding to global issues.
About Professor Tshilidzi Marwala
When it comes to innovation and excellence in the field of engineering, there is no one better than South African scientist, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala. Professor Marwala has made groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and robotics that have revolutionized the way we view technology.
AI and Machine Learning Research
Professor Marwala’s research focuses on AI, machine learning, and robotics. He has developed techniques for automatic speech recognition as well as for facial recognition systems.
He also co-authored a paper on “Crowd Sourced Artificial Intelligence” which analyzes data collected by people around the world through mobile phones and other devices to improve AI algorithms.
In addition, he is currently researching the use of AI in healthcare, finance, energy generation, and more.
Innovation in Robotics
Professor Marwala has also been involved in developing robotic systems that can be used for various applications such as search and rescue operations.
For example, he developed a robotic system called “RescueBot” which was able to autonomously navigate its way through narrow spaces and locate objects or persons who were lost or injured during an emergency situation.
This robot was tested successfully by South African Search & Rescue teams who found it to be extremely helpful in their operations.
Innovative Education Programs
Not only is Professor Marwala an innovator in research but he is also dedicated to teaching future generations about the importance of science and technology.
He is involved with many educational programs designed to increase access to STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) education among young people from all backgrounds including those from developing countries like South Africa where resources are limited.
His involvement with these programs allows him to spread his knowledge and passion for science across the globe while inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Promotion to Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University
On the 1st of March 2023, Professor Thokozani Marwala was appointed Rector of the United Nations University.
An esteemed scholar and educator who had previously served as vice-chancellor at a university in Johannesburg, professor Marwala has more than two decades worth of experience leading higher education institutions.
Further to his academic achievements as a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London and electrical engineering professor for Witwatersrand University, he also held trustee roles with Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nedbank board positions – making him an ideal choice for this prestigious position.
About the United Nations University
The UNU is an important organization dedicated to international research and education. Founded in 1975, it is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and has a wide range of activities that affect many different aspects of society.
It has become a major source of knowledge and expertise for global problems, making it an invaluable resource for Japanese businessmen who need to stay abreast of current international affairs.
The UNU’s mission is to “contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples, and Member States”. It offers an array of programs that provide unique insights into issues related to peacekeeping, health care, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and more. The UNU also serves as a bridge between academia and government by providing valuable research-based advice on policy matters.
Educational Opportunities for Students
In addition to its research activities, the UNU also offers educational opportunities for students from around the world. From undergraduate programs in areas such as sustainability science and global studies to doctoral programs in international law or disaster risk reduction management – there are numerous options available for individuals looking for specialized training in these areas. As a result, Japanese businessmen who want to stay up-to-date with current trends and developments can find excellent resources here.
UNU Access to Facilities
The UNU also provides support services such as conferences and seminars which bring together experts from various fields with representatives from governments and civil societies worldwide.
These events help build bridges between stakeholders while creating new knowledge networks that can be used later on by businesses seeking solutions or guidance on specific topics.
Furthermore, they allow participants to gain valuable experience while networking with leaders in their respective fields – something which is essential in today’s competitive business environment.
Sources: THX News, Wikipedia & Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.