Montana State University

MSU expands cooperative relationship with Japanese town

June 22, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Montana State University President, Waded Cruzado, left, and Mifune, Kumamoto, Japan Mayor, Masayuki Fujiki, sign an agreement of understanding between MSU and the town of Mifune Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Bozeman, Mont. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University has signed an agreement with the Japanese town of Mifune, the site of a dinosaur museum that has partnered with MSU’s Museum of the Rockies.

The formal agreement, signed by MSU President Waded Cruzado, builds on the existing relationship between the Museum of the Rockies and the Mifune Dinosaur Museum, which was intended to encourage friendship and exchanges between the U.S. and Japan. The current relationship will focus on educational matters, particularly life-long learning, and on enhancing local economies and quality of life through cooperative, grass-roots activities and community expertise.

“Montana State University's national and international recognition continues to result in meaningful partnerships that benefit our students, faculty, as well as people around the world” Cruzado said.

Cruzado explained that MSU has participated in a productive exchange with Kumamoto universities since 1983 and, most recently, has expanded that relationship through MOR’s connection with the dinosaur museum. In addition, Montana and Kumamoto, which is located on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, have been sister-states for nearly 35 years, since the agreement was signed on July 22, 1982. 

“During this time when globalization and international connections are more important than ever, we are honored that the institutions in Kumamoto continue to expand upon their positive relationships with Montana State University,” Cruzado said.

The signing of the agreement was attended by officials from MSU and the town of Mifune, including Mayor Masayuki Fujiki and Superintendent Yoshinori Honda.

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Contact: Janelle Rasmussen, Office of International Programs, (406) 994-7602 or