Microsoft plans to extend its partnership with Japanese universities to promote joint projects and exchange among researchers, the software company said Tuesday.
An organization called the Microsoft Institute for Japanese Academic Research Collaboration is being set up July 1 to support exchanges between Microsoft's research unit and Japanese researchers to develop advanced technology for Japan and other global markets, it said in a statement.
The organization will provide support for various research efforts, and professors from Japan's top universities, including the University of Tokyo and Osaka University, were appointed to screen the projects.
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said the topics for research were open and may span areas outside software such as biology and the environment. Japanese research has potential in computer security, speech recognition and graphics.
Microsoft has had a partnership with Japanese universities for several years, providing curriculum based on Windows technology and giving lectures.
Microsoft officials did not give a monetary figure for its investment in the program but said it's part of Microsoft's larger investment in Japan, including research and partnerships with electronics makers.