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Top Global University Project

March 2, 2017 Delegation from Stockholm University Visits UTokyo
February 6, 2017 PKU Undergraduate Students Visit UTokyo, Engage in Lively Discussion with UTokyo Students
January 31, 2017 The Second Cambridge-UTokyo Joint Symposium @ UTokyo
January 19-20, 2017 ETHZ-UTokyo Strategic Partnership Symposium on Science, Design, Manufacturing and Information
January 23, 2017 New University of Tokyo Video “UTokyo/Society” Released!
Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2016 Staff Training at Peking University and Tsinghua University
November 24-25, 2016 The Twelfth President’s Council Meeting Held
November 7-11, 2016 UTokyo Cohosts the Chile-Japan Academic Forum 2016 at Patagonia
September 19, 2016 UTokyo offers “Studying at Japanese Universities” as a MOOC Series
July 22, 2016 Memorandum on Strategic Partnership signed with Seoul National University
June 16, 2016 Issue of the Second UTokyo Strategic Partnership Report
June 6, 2016 Results of the UTokyo Photography Contest
March 17-8, 2016 Princeton Days at UTokyo: Progress Report on the Strategic Partnership
March 14, 2016 Second UTokyo Strategic Partnership Symposium
February 10, 2016 The UTokyo Photography Contest is accepting applications now!
December 7, 2015 The 1st Top Global University Joint Symposium Report
November 23-24, 2015 Cambridge-UTokyo Joint Symposium and Workshops
October 5, 2015 KAKENHI Information Session for Overseas Researchers
July 27-28, 2015 PKU Senior Administrators’ Training Program at UTokyo
April 20, 2015 First UTokyo Strategic Partnership Symposium
March 4, 2015 Strategic Partnership Engagement made between UTokyo and ANU
March 4, 2015 The University of Tokyo establishes Strategic Partnership with the University of Cambridge
February 17, 2015 Visit from the President of Seoul National University
October 22-23, 2014 UTokyo Day at Princeton, celebrated the strategic partnership

Top Global University Project

The Top Global University Project is a funding project promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) which aims to enhance the international compatibility and competitiveness of higher education in Japan. It provides prioritized support for the world-class and innovative universities that lead the internationalization of Japanese universities.

UTokyo’s initiative, “Constructing a Global Campus Model at UTokyo,” was selected by MEXT as part of its Top Global University Project (Type A), which is for world-class universities that have the potential to be ranked in the top 100 in world university rankings.

The Six Characteristics of the Global Campus Model

  1. World-class, cutting-edge research takes place in a wide range of academic fields
  2. A comprehensively reformed education system suitable for the modern Globalization Era
  3. A wide range of degree programs and courses throughout the curriculum available in English
  4. A high level of research and teaching carried out in Japanese, and courses in languages other than English taking place systematically
  5. A diverse environment where academic and administrative staff and students of the University can teach, research and work together regardless of culture, language, gender, and age while mutually understanding each other
  6. An organization put into place that supports the Global Campus, and where staff with high levels of knowledge and competency is placed throughout the University

Summary of Project

To construct this Model, (1) a new and effective education system through comprehensive education reform and modification of the academic calendar has to be constructed and enhanced, (2) the global outreach in education as well as research activities should be improved through the formation of strategic partnerships with select world–leading overseas universities, and (3) a core platform that facilitates the planning and implementation of a Global Campus should be established.

Top Global University Project

Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships are close, creative, flexible, and collaborative relationships with a few selected number of overseas universities that go beyond the usual academic exchange agreement. Utilizing these partners as important bases for UTokyo's global outreach activities, based on the collaborative cutting-edge research being carried out, the university looks to engage in international exchange of students, as well as academic and administrative staff. It also looks to provide various joint educational programs, as well as recruit eligible, highly talented international students. To do this, UTokyo aims to change its usual way of academic exchange and go beyond that by enhancing the multi-department involvement and multi-layered relationships with its strategic partners, to create university-wide comprehensive, reciprocal, and specially collaborative relationships.

These new Strategic Partnerships complement a similar agreement already existing with Princeton University (USA). UTokyo will also be looking to enhance its relationships with the Australian National University, ETH Zurich (Switzerland), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Peking University (China), Seoul National University (Korea), Tsinghua University (China), University of California Berkeley (USA), and the University of Cambridge (UK) at the faculty, graduate school, and research institute levels.

Activities with Partner Universities

UTokyo Strategic Partnership Symposium

The Division of International Affairs regularly holds the UTokyo Strategic Partnership Symposium to gain a deeper understanding about the Strategic Partnerships with the various partner universities and to share their good practices by showcasing activities and future plans of their unique research and academic programs.

First UTokyo Strategic Partnership Symposium
 Date: April 20, 2015
 Announcement in Topics (May 2015)
 Report (Japanese)

Second UTokyo Strategic Partnership Symposium
 Date: March 14, 2016
 Announcement in Topics (March 2016)
 Report (English)

Top Global Scholars Visiting UTokyo

Top Global Scholars have visited UTokyo to enhance the Excellence, Mobility and Diversity of the University as part of the Top Global University Project.

  November 2016
  Ngô Bảo Châu / Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences
  (Fields Medalist / The University of Chicago)
  Lecture Details


  August 2016
  Sheldon Lee Glashow / School of Science
  (Nobel Laureate / Boston University, Harvard University)
  Lecture Details

  November 2015
  Shing-Tung Yau / Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences
  (Fields Medalist / Harvard University)
  Lecture Details

  October 2015
  Alan H. Guth / Kavli IPMU
  (Kavli Prize / Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  Lecture Details

  June 2015 
  Sir Vaughan F. R. Jones / Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences
  (Fields Medalist / Vanderbilt University, UC Berkeley)

  April 2015
  Gerard 't Hooft / Kavli IPMU
  (Nobel Laureate / Universiteit Utrecht)

  November 2014 
  Edward Witten / Kavli IPMU
  (Fields Medalist / Institute for Advanced Study)

MOOC Series “Studying at Japanese Universities”

MOOC Series “Studying at Japanese Universities”

UTokyo has developed and offers a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) series titled “Studying at Japanese Universities” via Coursera, as a free online course for those interested in studying in Japan.

Click HERE for more information and see you in Japan!

UTokyo Photography Contest

UTokyo Photography Contest

Applications for the contest are now closed.
Thank you all for your interest and submissions of photographs.

Click HERE for results and more information on the contest.

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