RENKEI

  • Name:Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives (RENKEI)
  • Established in:2012 (Tohoku University is one of founding members.)
  • Member Institutions: 12 Universities from Japan and UK
    (Japan)Tohoku University, Nagoya University, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Kyushu University, Ritsumeikan University
    (UK)University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, University of Southampton
  • Website:British Council Website

RENKEI is a bilateral consortium that was formed in 2012 by leading universities from Japan and the UK under the support of the British Council. Its aim is to encourage knowledge transfer and research collaboration not only between the two countries but also between the higher education and industry sector. The participating universities in RENKEI are forming pilot projects for collaboration in three main areas: technology and knowledge exchange with industry, student mobility, and universities’ social engagement.

Activities

RENKEI member universities have been delivering working groups in cooperation with businesses in order to explore new and original forms of collaboration between industry and academia. In some projects, participants can receive financial supports for traveling from host university and/or Tohoku University.
Tohoku University hosted a summer school in September 2014 and 17 participants from RENKEI universities learned about, experienced, and discussed the topic of sustainable city design.

Annual Report 2016-2017(PDF at British Council’s website)

Workshops to be held in FY 2018
TBD
Past Events

*Each link below leads to British Council’s website.

FY2017
Digital Cultural Heritage Business and Open Data: Bringing Rome to Japan

Host: University of Southampton, Newcastle University, Ritsumeikan University
Period: 2017.6.24-28
Eligibility: Postgraduate students, Early-career researchers or Academics
Funding: TFunded by Tohoku University
Participants from Tohoku University: 1
Report: see British Council’s website

PAX Workshop: Emancipating the Mind: History, Politics and Heritage

Host: University of Liverpool
Period: 2017.8.17-26
Eligibility: Postgraduate students, Early-career researchers
Themes: Slavery and Slavery-like practices including Human trafficking and Forced labor
Funding: Funded by Tohoku University and RENKEI
*No representative from Tohoku University participated.
Report: see British Council’s website

FY2016
PAX School: Enslaving the Mind

Host: Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto
Period: 2016.9.14-23
Eligibility: PhD candidate and early-career researcher
Contents: Lecture, Workshop, Group work, Cite visit, Sightseeing
Funding: The cost of the workshop is covered through the RENKEI programme. However, travel, accommodation and meal costs are expected to be covered by the participants.
*No representative from Tohoku University participated.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship:Shaping the future of demographic change

Host: Osaka University
Period: 2016.8.21-9.2
Eligibility: Student and early-career researcher
Contents: Lecture, Workshop, Cite visit, Symposium with local government
Funding: Funded by Tohoku University
*No representative from Tohoku University participated.
Report: see British Council’s website

Interdisciplinary Workshop: Living with an Ageing Society

Host: University of Liverpool (UK)
Period: 2016.6.28-7.5
Eligibility: PhD candidate and early-career researcher
Contents: Lecture, Workshop, Group Work, Site visits
Funding: Meals during workshop provided by host university. Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.
*No representative from Tohoku University participated.
Report: see British Council’s website

FY2015
Aerospace Engineering Workshop: Engaging with Industry

Hosts: University of Bristol and University of Southampton (UK)
Period: 2016.3.14-18
Eligibility: Senior Researcher or a Research Manager
Contents: Presentations by invited speakers in industry area, Site visits, Lab tours, Discussions
Funding: Meals during workshop provided by RENKEI. Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.
*No representative from Tohoku University participated.
Report: see British Council’s website

Interdisciplinary Workshop: Living with an Ageing Society

Host: Osaka University
Period: 2015.10.22-29
Eligibility: Graduate student, post-doc researcher and early-career faculty
Contents: Group discussions, Lecture, Site visits
Funding: Funded by Tohoku University
*No representative from Tohoku University participated.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship: Dealing with Demographic Change

Host: UCL (UK)
Period: 2015.8.3-13
Eligibility: Student, post-doc researcher
Contents: Group discussions, Lecture, Site visits
Funding: Funded by Tohoku University
Number of representative from TU: 2

FY2014
Spring School

Host: University of Southampton(UK)
Period: 2015.3.22-29
Eligibility: Graduate student, early-career researcher
Contents: Group work, Lecture, Site visits
Funding: Funded by Tohoku University
Number of representative from TU: 2

Understanding Global Challenges through Collaborative Research and Fora

Host: Tohoku University
Period: 2014.9.8-12
Eligibility: Faculty and student
TU Website:Visit here

Japan-UK Joint Workshop on Aerospace Engineering

Host: Nagoya University
Period: 2014.8.4-8
Eligibility: Student, early-career researcher
Contents: Lectures, Group discussions, Site visits, Sightseeing
Funding: Accommodation and meals covered by RENKEI Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.
Number of representative from TU: 0

FY2013
Collaborating Across Cultures: The RENKEI 2013 Researcher Development School in Bristol and Kyoto

Host: Kyoto University
Period: 2013.12.1-14
Eligibility: Student, early-career researcher
Funding: Accommodation and meals covered by RENKEI Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.
Number of representative from TU: 1

Collaborating Across Cultures: The RENKEI 2013 Researcher Development School in Bristol and Kyoto

Host: University of Bristol
Period: 2013.7.1-12
Eligibility: Student, early-career researcher
Funding: Accommodation and meals covered by RENKEI Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.
Number of representative from TU: 2

Experience story by a participant

I participated in the RENKEI Summer School hosted by Tohoku University which had the theme “Energy supply within traditional and environmentally conscious growth models”. The participants were students from Japanese and British universities making this a cultural diverse assembly. The School consisted of interdisciplinary lectures from prestigious guest speakers and field trips to facilities related to the School´s theme including; municipal solid waste incineration power plant, Toyota manufacturing plant and a Tsunami stricken area. Together they combined for a very insightful and informative experience regarding the various and complex aspects of energy systems and its implication within society. The School was concluded with a group work where groups were faced with the challenging task of designing an energy system for a city and each group presented their proposal in front of audience of professors and professionals. Overall the School and its activities were of high standards and made for a challenging yet enriching and fun experience, both from academic and social perspective. I recommend anyone interested in improving ones perspective and strengthening ones international experience to participate in one of the consortium programs.(Ivar Baldvinsson)

Contacts

International Exchange Division
TEL: +81-22-217-5578/6182
Email:kokusai-kgrp.tohoku.ac.jp