The Kyoto University European Center in Heidelberg was founded in May 2014 in order to strengthen academic exchange with universities in Europe.
The main aims of the Kyoto University European Center are the support of Kyoto University’s research and education activities in Europe, the promotion of the internationalization of faculty and students, and the enhancement of the university’s international public relations as well as industry-government-academia collaboration and international networks.
In February 2009, Kyoto University opened its European Representative Office in London as the first overseas operating base in Europe to promote the university’s industry-academia collaboration activities. In June 2017, the London Office was closed and its functions were consolidated into Kyoto University’s central administration and the Kyoto University European Center, Heidelberg Office.
The office in Heidelberg performs the following 4 key roles and also serves as a contact point for the Japanese members of the German-Japanese HeKKSaGOn University network (see below for details).
1. Supporting Research Activities
- Gathering and analysing information on research and academic policies in Europe
Providing support for the management of international research projects, researcher exchange, and the organization of seminars, workshops, and international symposia
Exploring external funding possibilities for Japan-European joint research
2. Supporting Education Activities
- Gathering information on education in Europe, i.e. education policies and study–abroad programs
Providing support for joint education and student exchange programs between Kyoto University and partner institutions in Europe
- Assistance to exchange students coming from Kyoto University
Providing information about studying at Kyoto University to European partner universities and individual students
3. Promoting Internationalization
Providing international work experience for staff members through Kyoto University’s John Mung Program
Providing Kyoto University students with opportunities to give presentations about Kyoto University and Japanese culture in European languages
4. Strengthening Kyoto University’s Network
- Maintains close relations with various organizations in Europe, including academic institutions, funding agencies, and the overseas offices of Japanese governmental institutions and universities
Networking among Kyoto University’s associates in Europe (students, researchers, alumni, etc.)
Providing information about Kyoto University European Center’s activities, research and education in Europe, and the activities of Kyoto University’s researchers and students
- Serving as a liaison office for the German-Japanese university network HeKKSaGOn
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.