• Akira Hiruma named VUB Fellow for photonics collaboration
    Akira Hiruma. ©Thierry Geenen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Akira Hiruma named VUB Fellow for photonics collaboration

Jan 02 2024

In a prestigious ceremony, Akira Hiruma, Representative Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hamamatsu Photonics, has been recognised as a VUB Fellow by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). This esteemed acknowledgment highlights Mr Hiruma's invaluable contributions to photonics innovation activities at B-PHOT Brussels Photonics and the global outreach of VUB.

The VUB Fellowship program, designed to foster collaboration between academia, business, and civil society, provides a unique platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise across diverse sectors. Akira Hiruma now joins the distinguished group of VUB Fellows for 2023, alongside Ilse Ooghe, Ingrid De Jonghe, Koenraad Vermout, and Stefaan Verhulst. Together, they form a network that facilitates the exchange of insights and promotes collaboration among various spheres of society.

As a key figure in the Hamamatsu Applied Photonics Innovation Chair, Akira Hiruma has played a pivotal role in supporting B-PHOT's innovation initiatives. His extensive network in Japan has not only strengthened connections between VUB and Japanese industry leaders but has also facilitated collaborations with esteemed Japanese universities.

The VUB Fellowship was bestowed upon Akira Hiruma during the Entr'Acte ceremony by VUB Crosstalks. This honour, coupled with the Prize for Societal Valorization awarded to Professor Hugo Thienpont, underscores Mr Hiruma's exceptional commitment to advancing photonics and fostering international partnerships.

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