International Strategy

International Consortia

1. APRU (the Association of Pacific Rim Universities)

As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. APRU was established in Los Angeles in 1997 by the presidents of UCLA, Berkeley, Caltech and the University of Southern California (USC). It now has a membership of the presidents of 60 leading research universities from around the Pacific Rim. APRU brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.
Please find more information below.

APRU Event

About APRU


Association of Pacific Rim Universities(APRU)


In 1997


APRU Member Universities

60 universities from 19 economics of the Pacific Rim.
Please find member universities from the link below.

APRU Members

APRU Virtual Student Exchange Program

APRU runs an online exchange program, called “Virtual Student Exchange Program (VSE)”. VSE academic courses in a range of disciplines offered by APRU member universities are free of charge to all APRU member university students, including undergraduate students at Kyushu University. For more information on the APRU VSE Program and how to participate, please see the link below.

APRU VSE Academic Courses

Course offering for APRU VSE Academic Courses:
Kyushu University can also offer courses to the VSE. If a faculty member in your department wishes to offer a course, please inform him /her to fill out the form and submit it from the following URL. Both existing and new courses can be offered, but the final decision on whether or not to offer a course will be made through consultation between the department offering the course and the International Office, taking into consideration the balance with other courses offered.

Offering courses for APRU VSE(Kyushu U staff only)

Pacific Rim Challenges

  • Asia Pacific Women In Leadership (APWIL)
  • Digital Economy
  • Global Health
  • Multi-Hazards
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Population Aging
  • Sustainable Cities and Landscapes
  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)



MIRAI 2.0 is a collaboration between 20 Swedish and Japanese universities, aiming to contribute to long-term research collaboration and to promote Sweden and Japan as nations of world-leading large-scale research infrastructure. MIRAI 2.0 (2020-2022) builds on the former MIRAI project (2017-2019) and aims to develop and expand the collaboration activities further. Please find more event information below.




MIRAI project(2017~2019)
MIRAI 2.0 (2020-2022)

Purpose of Project

Connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation


MIRAI2.0 Member Universities

9 Japanese Universities, 11 Swedish Universities
(*Responsible Committee Members、**Coordinating Universities)
※As of April 1, 2022


Kyushu University, Hiroshima University, Hokkaido University, Nagoya University**, Sophia University, The University of Tokyo*, Waseda University*, Tohoku University, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)


Lund University, Uppsala University, Linköping University, University of Gothenburg**, Umeå University*, Linnaeus University, Karlstad University, Örebro Universit, Jönköping University*, Luleå University of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics

MIRAI2.0 is addressing scientific issues within:

  • Ageing
  • Materials Science
  • Sustainability
  • Artificial Intelligence(AI)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Kyushu University is the co-chair of AI TEG(Thematic Expert Group) in year 2022 and one of member universities in both of Materials Science TEG and Sustainability TEG.

Aims and Objectives
  • Contribute to long-term research collaborations promoting excellent science between Sweden and Japan through activities such as externally funded joint research proposals and jointly authored papers.
  • Promote mobility of researchers at an early stage of their career
  • Deepen understanding of innovation systems and entrepreneurship in Japan and Sweden, and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in education and research
  • Strengthen collaboration between Swedish and Japanese universities
  • Researchers at an early stage gain knowledge, contacts and networks to become future leaders of joint Swedish and Japanese research and education activities
  • To continue a dialogue between Swedish and Japanese funding agencies and companies for future joint funding opportunities
  • To increase the understanding of each other’s culture and societal conditions as the basis for future cooperation activities
  • To promote Sweden and Japan as a destination for research and higher education activities and as nations of world leading large scale research infrastructure
  • To observe and utilise best practice in innovative and translational research involving academia, public authorities and industry
  • Scientific events in Sweden and Japan
  • Short courses for PhD’s
  • Networking possibilities
  • Seed funding for research collaboration
  • Travel grants
  • Opportunities for Academia-Industry collaboration

3. RENKEI – The Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives


RENKEI (Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives) is a partnership of 6 Japan and 6 UK research intensive universities, with the British Council acting as its secretariat.
The member universities aim at strengthening the knowledge exchange and research collaboration between Japan and the UK. RENKEI provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers from leading universities in Japan and the UK to tackle key global challenges.
RENKEI members have selected “Climate Change” and “Health” as two priority areas for creating new joint research between members. These two themes were identified as key strategic areas of science and technology collaborations between Japan and the UK when the prime ministers of both countries met in September 2017. Please find more event information below.




The Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives(RENKEI)


in 2012


British Council Japan


RENKEI Member Universities

6 Japanese Universities, 6 UK Universities


Kyushu University, Kyoto University, Tohoku University, Nagoya University, Osaka University, Ritsumeikan University


Durham University, University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, Newcastle University, University of Southampton


RENKEI member universities have been delivering working groups in cooperation with businesses in order to explore new and original forms of collaboration between industry and academia.
Kyushu University is one of the Committee Members of “Climate Change.”