福島正則駐サンクトペテルブルク総領事の訪問Visit by Mr. Masanori Fukushima, the Consul General in St. Petersburg

February 20, 2017









On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Mr. Masanori Fukushima, who is the Consul General of Japan in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, visited Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) to convey a request by Director Vladimir Mogilevtsev of the St. Petersburg Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, informally known as the Academy of Arts, that the academy was wishing to establish a formal partnership with TUA.

Following an introduction of the Academy of Arts, Consul General Fukushima explained that the Russian arts academy had a strong desire to start an exchange with TUA, as it didn’t have an organizational relationship with a Japanese university. The Academy of Arts had prepared the following proposal;

(1)Proposed partnership program with TUA

-Holding an art exhibition by graphic art students of the Academy of Arts at TUA as the first step

(2)Invitation to the Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum

Professor Arisumi Mitamura, TUA’s Executive Assistant to the President, and Professor Takeshi Sunaga, the head of the international exchange committee at TUA’s faculty of fine arts, responded by saying that TUA was very grateful to receive such a specific, wonderful proposal and that the university as a whole would welcome the offer, taking it as a good opportunity to start collaboration with a new partner, as TUA, that marked its130th anniversary in 2017, was seeking new global partnership opportunities. They added that the faculty of fine arts would formally consider the proposal and reply to the Academy of Arts.

Assistant Professor Akemi Nakata of TUA ‘s Center for Musical Creativity and Advanced Research expressed words of appreciation to the Consul General for the support provided by his office during the concert in Saint Petersburg, which was held as part of the project she has been leading to promote career development for TUA’s music students.

At the end of the meeting, Consul General Fukushima thanked for TUA’s positive attitude towards the proposal, which he said would surely be communicated to the Russian institution. He assured that the Consulate General in Saint Petersburg would provide as much support as it could for the advancement of the possible collaboration between the two institutions.