Partnerships for international development


For Kyoto University, cooperation with partner organizations in Japan and abroad is a top priority at a time of increasing importance of producing meaningful social impact around the world. These partnerships foster the sharing of knowledge and resources in order to address local and global needs, typically through joint and engaged research and other academic engagements.

Collaborations with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), represent key examples of how Kyoto University contributes to the global society through the work carried out by its researchers and students. Concrete examples of this are the joint initiatives with JICA through the Grassroots Technical Cooperation Project in the following areas:

  • AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya
  • Disaster education programs in Hue City, Vietnam 
  • Enhancement of engineering higher education in Myanmar
  • Enhancing livelihoods in Ghana
  • Support for sophistication of conventional construction technology on Tanna Island in Vanuatu  (in Japanese)
  • Training of trainers for community-based medical care in Bhutan 

Similarly, participation in SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) represents a key engagement of the University towards the accomplishment of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

  • Characterization of fish-killing algae bloom holobiome and the development of a detection/prediction system for industry-government-academia salmon aquaculture in Chile
  • Conserving the precious nature of the Amazon Basin with a new "field museum" concept in Brazil
  • Establishment and implementation of an innovative forest resource management co-created in collaboration between ecological methods and indigenous knowledge in Cameroon
  • Exploiting the science of slow earthquakes to mitigate disasters from megathrust earthquakes and tsunamis in Mexico
  • Flash floods integrated management considering climate change for secured development in Wadi Basins in Egypt
  • Use advanced technology to turn tropical grassy wasteland into a sustainable biomass treasure trove in harmony with environmental restoration in Indonesia
  • Turning low-grade lignite and rice straw into carbon fiber in Thailand
  • Utilize renewable geothermal energy for a low-carbon society in Indonesia
  • Save Indonesian people from volcanic disasters in Indonesia
  • Consider action on floods and storm surges to break the disaster-poverty spiral in Bangladesh

Other initiatives with JICA include:

Kyoto University is an active member of University Social Responsibility Network, or USR-Network, an international alliance of universities committed to making a difference through social engagement. The network connects universities who believe in sharing their strengths to address economic, social, cultural, and environmental challenges, while working towards a more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable world.