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.
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.
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.
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. As a result of the first call for proposals, three new EU-Japan Joint Master Degree programmes were selected in July 2019.
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Lead institutions: Toyohashi Institute of Technology, University of Eastern Finland
Lead institutions: Keio University, Ecole Centrale de Nantes
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:
-Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence-Kyushu (based at Kyushu University)
There is also an active Jean Monnet Centre for EU Studies at Keio University.
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 2019 event can be downloaded here (English only).
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak EHEF 2020 has been postponed from 16-17 May to autumn 2020.
Further details will be provided a soon as new dates have been finalised.