International Collaboration Research Strength Photo
International Collaboration Research Strength Photo ©

Image: British Council, Photo: Kenichi Aikawa

Japan-UK Dialogue Series: University Reform and Innovation in Japan and the UK - “Are International Collaborations Effective in Improving Research Strength?”

A wide range of international activities are being undertaken by universities in each country, and amid moves to increase the international mobility of students and academics, raising the international competitiveness of a university’s teaching and research is said to be a key issue for management. Furthermore, it goes without saying that such moves to increase international competitiveness cannot succeed without international exchange, and so many universities are already engaging in a range of bilateral and multilateral activities. However, are such international collaborations between universities truly effective in improving their research strength? 

In order to address this issue, the symposium took as its principal theme the question “What do international partnerships mean in the context of a university’s research activities?” Based on the questions above, it aimed to provide an opportunity to begin thinking about the value of these partnerships, as well as the means of drawing it out.

The speakers were being included Professor Sir Steve Smith (Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Exeter) and Dr Jonathan Adams (Chief Scientist, Digital Science) from the UK, who see this expansion of research collaborations internationally as “The Fourth Age of Research”; and Dr Seitaro Mutoh (Deputy Director, Research Administration Office, Kyoto University) and Ms Elizabeth Hogben (Head of Science and Innovation Network Japan, British Embassy Tokyo) from Japan. These speakers’ presentations and panel discussion looked at issues surrounding international collaboration and the quality and content of research from many angles, and provided new perspectives for everyone thinking about the internationalisation of university management, the allocation of resources for international research activities or ways of becoming involved with such activities. 

Date and time: Tuesday 9 December 2014, 14:30-18:30
Venue: JP Tower Hall & Conference (KITTE 4, 5th floor, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

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