A huge worldwide network of affiliated institutions enables wide-ranging personnel exchanges and research/education cooperation. Membership in various international consortia and associations provides even more opportunities.
Consortia and Association Memberships
Established in 1997, APRU is an international organization consisting of major universities in the Pacific Rim region. With a current membership of 50 universities from 17 economies, the organization conducts various activities such as distance learning, training of young researchers, and international conferences of doctoral students, toward strengthening mutual cooperation and contributing to the prosperity of the Pacific Rim communities.
In order to initiate these challenges, our international consortium set a manifesto named as APRU Vision: “As the only network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.”
Established by the United States government in 1965, the URA is a consortium of 90 leading research-oriented universities in the USA, Canada, Japan, and Italy. Its main functions are management and maintenance of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a large-scale high-energy accelerator for elementary particle physics research under the auspices of the US Department of Energy; and management and governance of the Super Conducting Super Collider (SSC), for research, development and education in the physical and biological sciences, and to educate and train technical, research and student personnel in the sciences.
Established in 1995, VIU is an association which consists of eleven world-class universities, with the Italian National Research Council, the Foundation of Venice, the Province of Venice and the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS). Waseda University joined VIU in 2002. VIU offers three types of programs: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Research, and students from member institutions earn credits at VIU which are transferable to their home institution. In addition, one Waseda faculty member is sent to teach at VIU each spring and fall semester.
Established in March 2005, APAIE aims to create and provide a place where international educational representatives from Asia-Pacific universities can communicate and exchange information. Waseda University helped establish APAIE and has worked with APAIE in the management of the association from the beginning as a founding member. APAIE conducts various activities such as the Asian version of NAFTA and EAIE. APAIE has an annual general meeting in March which includes international workshops and symposiums as well as presentations on study abroad programs by participating universities.
The ASEAN University Network (AUN) is a consortium, established in 1995, of universities in 10 ASEAN member countries. Joined by another three countries, Japan, China and South Korea, AUN developed into the AUN Plus Three University Network in 2009. As a member university of the AUN Plus Three University Network, Waseda University has been participating in the conferences and various events to contribute to finding solutions to major issues in higher education in ASEAN and promote academic exchanges among the members.
U21 was established in 1997 to form an international network of 25 research-intensive universities. With a focus on the three clusters, “Researcher Engagement”, “Educational Innovation” and “Student Experience”, Waseda will earnestly seek to promote unique research and increase international communication as a U21 member.