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 57 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.
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APRU Event

About APRU

Name

Association of Pacific Rim Universities(APRU)

Established

In 1997

Website
APRU

APRU Member Universities

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

APRU Members

Pacific Rim Challenges

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

2. MIRAI

MIRAI

MIRAI 2.0 is a collaboration between 19 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.

About MIRAI

NAME

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

Purpose of Project

Connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation

Website

MIRAI2.0 Member Universities

8 Japanese Universities, 11 Swedish Universities
(*Responsible Committee Members、**Coordinating Universities)

Japan

Kyushu University, Hiroshima University, Hokkaido University, Nagoya University**, Sophia University, The University of Tokyo*, Waseda University*, Tohoku University

Sweden

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 Sustainability TEG(Thematic Expert Group) and one of member universities in both of Materials Science TEG and AI TEG.

Aims and Objectives
Aims:
  • 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
Objectives:
  • 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
Activities
  • 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

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.

About

Name

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

Established

in 2012

Secretariat

British Council Japan

Website

RENKEI Member Universities

6 Japanese Universities, 6 UK Universities

Japan

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

UK

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

Activities

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.”