The importance of Japan and EU relations can never be exaggerated. Kobe University was among the first to proactively promote the establishment of this important relationship. Since 2005, Kobe University has been developing this partnership by serving as the coordinating university for the EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ-Kansai), establishing the Kobe University Brussels European Centre (KUBEC) in 2010 and the Centre for EU-Japan Collaborative Education (EJCE) in 2013. Since 2011, the Centre for EU Academic Collaboration has been playing a vital role as the strategic coordinator for these efforts made by Kobe University.
As developed countries, Japan and Europe share a variety of social structures and values as well as societal challenges. Today, it is necessary that Japan actively promote joint research and education with European universities while enhancing its collaborative efforts with higher education institutions, research institutes and governmental bodies, including the European Commission, and educational organisations with comparative perspectives about Japan and Europe. Kobe University is striving to pave a way forward to addressing these challenges by organising symposia and workshops at KUBEC as well as international conferences in Kobe, and diligently sharing the achievements made at these academic events.
Executive Director, Centre for EU Academic Collaboration
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