On July 29, Director and other delegates from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Science, in China paid a courtesy visit to President Nakamura. Director Liu and eight other delegates came to Japan for a preliminary discussion with our College of Science and Engineering on joint research and cooperation, as well as an international conference hosted by our university. From our university, Dean Yamazaki, Professor Ikemoto and Associate Professor Shen from the Institute of Science and Engineering, Professor Ito from the Institute of Human and Social Sciences were in attendance. Our university and the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, have developed an interactive relationship centering on the Faculty of Environmental Design, Institute of Science and Engineering, and signed an Agreement of Partner Institutions in May this year. This visit was the first one since the signing of the Agreement, and it was an excellent opportunity to learn more about each other through a discussion in Japanese, Chinese, and English languages. The visit stimulated future interactions not only in research but also in education.