| The 6th international seminar of Port-City University League (PUL) was
held from March 26 to 28 at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom,
under the theme of “The Future - Mechanisms and directions for multi-lateral
collaboration Better Port, Better City”.
At the meeting, the representatives from each institution signed a declaration outlining the objectives of the League: to foster collaboration, excellence and innovation with a view toward creating a global research and education base for the participating institutions as well as enhancing outreach activities toward local communities. After the signing ceremony, the representatives discussed animatedly on the future exchange programs among the member universities.
The meeting coincided with the opening ceremony of Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI), which was held at Turner Sims Concert Hall, the University of Southampton. Prof. Araki delivered a congratulatory speech and spoke about PUL and its vision for the future to the four hundred audiences in the hall.
Taking this opportunity, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Prof. Ajit Shenoi and the staff of the University of Southampton for their kindness and support offered to all of us during the meeting.
PUL has held general meetings in Yokohama, Japan (the first and fourth meetings) in Chennai, India (the second meeting), in Lisbon, Portugal (the third meeting) and in Shanghai, China (the fifth meeting) before Southampton. The next annual meeting will be held in Busan, Republic of Korea, in the autumn of 2013. It will be hosted by Pukyong National University.