The Kyoto University European Center in Heidelberg supports the university’s research and education activities in Europe, promotes the internationalization of faculty and students, and enhances the university’s international public relations, industry-government-academia collaboration and international networks. The office in Heidelberg performs following 4 key roles and also serves as a contact point for the Japanese members of the German-Japanese HeKKSaGOn University Consortium (see below for details).
1. Research Support in Europe
- Collecting and disseminating information for policy on the science and technology about the joint research and external research funds in Europe.
- Promoting research projects in Europe and managing international joint projects.
- Promoting researches in the faculties, departments, institutes in Kyoto University.
- Promoting information exchange and networking among the researchers from Kyoto University.
2. Promotion for Education in Europe
- Promoting cooperation with the KU partner universities on student exchange.
- Providing information for students: both from Europe to Japan and Japan to Europe. Consulting for study abroad and participating in the seminar for the study in Japan.
- Supporting application for the university’s entrance exams and remote exam in Europe.
- Collecting and providing information on the higher education institutions in Europe.
3. Promotion for the Internationalization of University Staff and Students
- Planning the opportunity for Internship and capacity development program.
4. Publication, Public Relationship, Social Networking
- Strengthening relationship with partner universities/institutions.
- Strengthening relationship with HeKKSaGOn
- Strengthening relationship with governmental institution in Europe.
- Promoting industry-university cooperation in Europe.
- Supporting the international symposium.
- Alumni activities
- Promoting international cooperation program
(JSPS, Japanese Embassy, Japan Foundation)
HeKKSaGOn is a university consortium comprising six leading universities from Japan and Germany: Heidelberg University, Kyoto University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, Göttingen University, and Osaka University. The consortium was established in 2010 with the aim of enhancing relationships between Japanese and German universities, including researcher and student exchange, research collaboration, and summer school programs.