The president of Princeton University has praised Japan for its contributions to the sciences and expressed hope that U.S. antiterrorism measures leave room for talented scholars from abroad to visit the United States.

Shirley Tilghman, 58, said in an interview Tuesday with The Japan Times that her first visit to Japan was part of a Princeton initiative to broaden its global perspective and expand opportunities for cross-cultural academic exchange.

"We are doing this at the academic level," said the biologist, adding that Princeton sought ways for "our own students to come to Japan either as summer interns, as graduates or in study-abroad opportunities."