RENKEI was launched on 13th March 2012 to meet the challenges of living in a complex, rapidly changing and globalized twenty-first century. The spheres of higher education and business have undergone radical changes in recent years. It is intended that close collaboration between the UK and Japan in these two sectors will result in new levels of professionalism and innovative strategies that will help define the world of tomorrow.
The UK and Japan have a long history of partnership, and share common interests and concerns in the twenty-first century. The two economically driven countries 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.
As well as their commonalities, the UK and Japan are well matched in terms of their differences. They offer mutual geographical advantages in being located in contrasting regions of the world, and they have varying areas of relative strength both within academia and industry. RENKEI is an exciting opportunity to bring these very positive, complementary factors together in a unique form of constructive collaboration.
As this entirely new form of knowledge transfer and research collaboration develops, it will result in shared values, agendas and action points among the participating individuals, institutions and organizations. RENKEI programmes and projects will also lead to closer consultation with potential stakeholders, especially the British and Japanese governments. The long-term benefits of RENKEI will be a sustainable dialogue and strategic relationship that transcends academic disciplines, industrial sectors and national boundaries.