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On Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the JANET FORUM 2019 was held in London, UK,  assembling a total of 128 individuals: 84 individuals from Japanese universities and other academic institutes and 44 individuals from Europe.

JANET (Japan Academic Network in Europe), established to promote education and research activity through exchange of academic information among Japanese universities that have overseas centers in Europe, has held the JANET FORUM at member organizations in rotation annually since 2016.

Held at University College London (UCL), one of Osaka University’s Global Knowledge Partners, JANET FORUM 2019 “Demographic Change and Higher Education in the Global Context” started with opening greetings by President NISHIO Shojiro and UCL Pro-Vice-Provost Katharine Carruthers.

Next, examples of collaborative academic activity between universities and academic institutes in Japan and the UK were introduced and discussed. In the afternoon, lectures and a workshop entitled “Nurturing Network and Partnership with Overseas Alumni” were held, making for lively discussions. A JANET board meeting and general meeting were also held on the same day .

On Day 2, open lectures on “Research/Higher Education Strategy” and “Funding Strategy” in Japan and the UK were held at the Embassy of Japan in the UK, with OU Executive Vice President KAWAHARA Genta delivering a lecture on OU’s own strategies.

During an interval in the forum, President Nishio, Executive Vice President Kawahara, and Director HASE Toshiharu of the OU European Center for Academic Initiatives met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary TSURUOKA Koji of the Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom, discussing the current state of higher education in the UK as well as exchange between Japan and the UK. Finally, a reception was held in the presence of Professor C. Richard A. Catlow (Fellowship of the Royal Society) and over 120 attendees, ending on a high note.

At this forum, introductions of university research activity in Japan and the UK regarding super-aging society and discussions on solutions to worldwide issues were also held, making for a big step in taking measures to contribute to the welfare of society. It is anticipated that exchange between European centers of Japanese universities will further deepen to promote collaborative activity in the region.

From left: AMED London Director TAKAGI Ryo, JSPS London Director UENO Nobuo, Ambassador Tsuruoka, President Nishio, Executive Vice President Kawahara, OU European Center for Academic Initiatives Director Hase, and International Affairs Division Chief Hayashi

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