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Both the EU and Japan benefit by the sharing and pooling of academic knowledge, expertise, ideas and exchange of students.

 

Erasmus+ 2019- Call for Proposals Announced -Opportunities for Japanese higher education institutions-

The EU Delegation in Tokyo supports this flow of knowledge, as well as helping Japanese students to learn about studying in Europe, by offering access to and information on EU programmes.

European and Japanese universities have been collaborating for some time under established programmes such as Erasmus Mundus, whilst the current EU programme for education, Erasmus+, provides new and exciting opportunities to Japanese and EU universities and students to work together. The EU Institutes in Japan and Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence, based at prestigious Japanese universities, promote academic exchange and EU studies in both Tokyo and the regions.  Europe is an ideal study abroad location for Japanese students, and the annual European Higher Education Fair provides students with information on many different options Europe has to offer. 

 New Erasmus

 

Supporting EU-Japan higher educational exchange under Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the EU's flagship education initiative that offers opportunities to Japanese higher education institutions to engage with European counterparts as part of higher education mobility and cooperation projects. The three types of project that are of particular relevance to universities in Japan are International Credit Mobility (ICM), Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD), and Jean Monnet Activities.

  • International Credit Mobility (ICM)

Non-European students can apply for a grant to study at a partner institution in Europe for a period of 3-12 months. Students can earn credits at their host university, which will be recognised by their home university, without paying any extra fees. University staff and academics can also receive a grant to spend 5 days to 2 months at partner institutions in Europe, to deliver teaching or training.  Between 2015-2018 nearly 2000 students and staff have taken part in periods of study, training, or teaching in Japan or Europe as part of ICM partnerships between European and Japanese universities.

  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD)

Under Erasmus+, Japanese universities can become full or associate partners with European universities in Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (double degree programmes are also possible), similar to the way in which several universities already offer joint programmes, established under Erasmus Mundus, the forerunner to Erasmus +.

Japanese students can also apply as individuals to take part in joint master programmes and study in Europe in at least 2 different countries. 

EU-Japan Joint Master Degree Programmes: A new EU-Japan Joint Master Degree programme scheme was launched at the time of the first EU-Japan policy dialogue on education, culture, and sport in July 2018. More details on this scheme are included in the Erasmus+ call for proposals 2019 (see below).

  • Jean Monnet Activities

The EU supports excellence in teaching and research on the European Union worldwide through the Jean Monnet initiative. Japanese universities may apply for funding to set up individual courses on the EU (Jean Monnet Modules), or to establish focused EU research and teaching centres (Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence) or networks (Jean Monnet Network)  Individual scholars can also apply for funding to support their teaching and research on the EU (Jean Monnet Chair).

There are currently two Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence active in Japan, operating with the support of the Erasmus+ programme:

-Kobe University Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

-Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence-Kyushu (based at Kyushu University)

There is also an active Jean Monnet Centre for EU Studies at Keio University.

Erasmus+ Call for Proposals 2019

-Opportunities for Japanese higher education institutions-

A Call for Proposals has now been launched with deadlines in February and April 2019. Full details of the opportunities available can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide (English only)

Application deadlines are as follows:

Type of project

Relevant pages of Programme Guide

Deadline for applications

International Credit Mobility (mobility of individuals in the field of higher education)

Pages 33-50, 271-276

5 February 2019

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

Pages 88-96, 292-294

14 February 2019

Jean Monnet Activities 

Pages 203-232

22 February 2019

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees – Joint call EU-Japan

Pages 88-96, 292-294

1 April 2019

 

Who must submit the application?

Type of project

Who submits the application

Where to submit application

International Credit Mobility (mobility of individuals in the field of higher education)

European partner institution

Erasmus+ National Agency in the country that the European partner institution is based

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

European partner institution

To the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency, located in Brussels (EACEA)

Jean Monnet Activities 

Japanese institution

-Jean Monnet Chair

-Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

-Jean Monnet Module,

-Jean Monnet Network (if lead institution)

To the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency, located in Brussels (EACEA)

European partner institution

-Jean Monnet Network (if lead institution)

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees – Joint call EU-Japan

European lead institution

 

 

To the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency, located in Brussels (EACEA)

Japanese lead institution

To the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

It should be noted that applications International Credit Mobility and Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree projects must be submitted by the European partner institution involved.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees – Joint call EU-Japan

Partnership between Erasmus+ and the Inter-University Exchange Project (IUEP) of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

The partnership will co-fund 2-3 projects which will foster innovation and excellence in provision of Joint Masters in consortia consisting of at least 3 higher education institutions from 3 different Erasmus+ Programme Countries and at least 1 higher education institution from Japan. All general conditions described in the Programme Guide pages related to Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (pages 88-96) apply to projects co-funded by the EU-Japan partnership, except where otherwise specified.

More information on the joint call: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/joint-master-degrees_en

Specific guidelines for Japanese universities are expected to be released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) in January 2019.

Promoting excellence in EU studies through the EU Institutes in Japan initiative

The EU Institute in Japan initiative, running successfully from 2004-2017 promoted academic cooperation between Japan and Europe in European political science, law, economics, environment and medicine. They established EU-related courses, with scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Visiting professors from Europe give special lectures and Japanese and European universities undertake joint research and academic exchange.

During the course of the EUIJ initiative, five institutes received funding in Japan: EUIJ Kyushu (a partnership between Kyushu University, Seinan Gakuin University and Fukuoka Women's University) EUIJ Kansai (Kobe University, Osaka University, Kwansei Gakuin University), EUSI Tokyo (Hitotsubashi University, Keio University, Tsuda College), EUIJ Waseda, and EUIJ Tokyo (Hitotsubashi University, International Christian University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tsuda College)

European Union Studies Association-Japan

Founded in 1980, the purpose of the European Union Studies Association-Japan is to promote studies on the EU through close co-operation with similar academic associations around the world. It has around 500 members, mostly academics, but also including journalists, businessmen, government officials, and lawyers.  The Association organises an annual conference at a different host university each year.

European Higher Education Fair (EHEF)

Europe is a global leader in study programmes for learners of all ages and is a popular destination for students from around the world. The EU Delegation in Tokyo helps to promote Study in Europe, working with EU Member States to organise the annual European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) in Tokyo and Kansai.

The Study in Europe page provides further information on the EHEF and other useful information specifically for students.  

A full report on the 2018 event can be downloaded here (English only).

 

EHEF 2019 will be held on 18-19 May 2019 in Tokyo and Osaka.
Exhibitor application forms can be downloaded here.

 

The application deadline is 25th January 2019.

 EHEF1-r  EHEF2-r

 

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