Strategic partnership for research collaboration between universities in Japan and the UK
RENKEI is the Japanese word for ‘collaboration,’ and is an acronym for Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives.
Japan and the UK have a long history of partnership, and share common interests and concerns in the twenty-first century. The two leading economies are among the world’s very best producers of cutting-edge research. As such, enormous potential exists for the UK and Japan to learn from each other. They face similar demographic, political, social and industrial challenges, and thus are ideal partners in meeting these demands with innovative solutions.
RENKEI is a partnership between 12 universities in Japan and the UK, aiming to further knowledge exchange and research collaboration between institutions and individuals. This group of leading research intensive universities in the two countries is also developing collaborations with industry, governments and civil society to address global research challenges.
We are very glad to announce that Durham University has become the newest member of RENKEI, joining us from June 2021. Durham University has a global reputation in both research and education, with staff and students from over 130 countries and research covering every continent. The university has many connections with Japan, including a long-established Japanese Studies course and institutional partnerships with several RENKEI members. Durham researchers collaborate with their Japanese counterparts in many fields, including RENKEI’s current core areas of Health and Climate Change.
The current RENKEI members and Secretariat are delighted to welcome Durham University to the partnership, and look forward to working together to further deepen and broaden the relationship between the British and Japanese higher education sectors; offer additional opportunities for researcher engagement and mobility, particularly to those in the early stages of their research careers; and collectively address pressing global challenges.