Members of the University Consortium for International Intellectual Property Coordination (UCIP), a consortium of the technology transfer offices for 11 Japanese universities, have been in Albuquerque to discuss research.

The UCIP is talking with UNM Professor Jean-Claude Diels about a project to conduct research on a fiber laser. PNP, a Japanese laser manufacturing company and Yamanahi University, are working with Diels on the research project. In 2010 members of UCIP signed a memorandum of understanding with STC.UNM to cooperate in the fields of research, development and commercialization with STC.UNM. 

UCIP will be a co-host for the international workshop planned for a delegation that UNM President Robert Frank will lead to Japan in January 2014. The delegation will visit the University of Yamanashi to meet with President Maeda to discuss a possible exchange program as well as research collaboration.