Kikkoman chair for Leiden University

October 22, 2012 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Kikkoman less saltIt was all over the news last weekend, because the major Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf picked it up: Leiden University will get a ‘Hoogleraar Sojasaus’ (soy sauce professor) or ‘Kikkoman Chair‘ in 2013.

Of course (or unfortunately perhaps?) this does not mean there will be someone specializing in the various tasty soy sauces of Japan – or China. It means the large Japanese soy sauce firm Kikkoman, which has been in Europe for 15 years now, will fund a professorship at Leiden University. Together with the ‘Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst‘ they will appoint a professor and a scholarship student for the so called “Kikkoman Chair for the study of Asia-Europe intercultural dynamics, with special attention to material culture, art and human development“.

The press release at Leiden University (‘Nieuwe Kikkoman leerstoel‘) states there is a perfect candidate for this position of professor, but no names are yet disclosed. These will probably be announced shortly.

[Update: Shared Taste]

Read all about soy sauce (dutch) on Tokowijzer: sojasaus

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