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Partnerships

Science today is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary and international, and RIKEN is playing a leading role in this process. We have a number of research and educational partners, as outlined below. To further strengthen partnerships, a new organization, the Cluster for Science, Technology, and Innovation Hub, was recently set up.

Research Partnerships

International collaboration is a key element of RIKEN’s research strategy, for today, science is a truly global endeavor. We have set up a number of research facilities overseas, and have agreements of MOUs with research institutes and universities domestically and abroad covering exchanges of researchers and the conduct of joint research, with the goal to strengthen institutional research collaborations and networking and hence ensure that RIKEN’s research can be carried out efficiently. We also have partnerships with universities around the world to exchange personnel and contribute to the training of junior scientists

RIKEN has collaborative agreements or MOUs with more than 300 institutions overseas. In recent years, we have focused on forging institutional collaborations with research organizations including government-related bodies around the world with the goal of promoting global partnerships in science and technology as a leading Japanese organization. In addition to our facilities in the United States and United Kingdom, we have joint research centers or laboratories in Germany, Russia, China, Korea, India, and Malaysia. To expand our network, gather information about potential international collaborations, and to strengthen ties with researchers who have returned to their home countries or moved to another institute, we have established our liaison offices in Singapore, Beijing and Brussels (Belgium).

  • RIKEN Facility Office at RAL
  • RIKEN-Max Planck Joint Research Center for Systems Chemical Biology
  • KFU-RIKEN Joint Research Labs
  • RIKEN-NCBS Joint Research Center
  • RIKEN-USM Joint Research Center
  • RIKEN-NTU Joint Research Centre
  • RIKEN-IMP Joint Research Center
  • RIKEN-XJTU Joint Research Center
  • RIKEN-Tsinghua Research Groups
  • RIKEN-SIOM Joint Research Unit
  • RIKEN-SJTU Joint Research Laboratory
  • NCTU-RIKEN Joint Research Laboratory
  • RIKEN-KRIBB Joint Research Unit
  • US West Coast Collaboration Office
  • RIKEN BNL Research Center
  • RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics

Map of research collaborations

Comprehensive Cooperation Agreements/MOUs between RIKEN and Major Overseas Research Organizations

Asia
China Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) May, 1982
The Shanghai Branch of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS Shanghai) May, 2006
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU? February, 2008
Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) May, 2010
Korea Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) November, 1989
Korean Reserch Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) May, 1994
Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) April, 2006
Seoul National University (SNU) May, 2010
Institute for Basic Science (IBS) November, 2015
Taiwan Academia Sinica June, 2000
National Taiwan University August, 2016
Malaysia University of Malaya (UM) September, 2011
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) May, 2012
Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research(A*STAR) September, 2005
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) September, 2011
National University of Singapore (NUS) January, 2012
Indonesia The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology of The Republic of Indonesia (BPPT) September, 1989
India Department of Science and Technology (DST) December, 2006
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientic Research (JNCASR)/Indian Institute of Science (IISc) June, 2013
Department of Biotechnology (DBT) September, 2013
National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Consortium September, 2013
America
Canada McGill University July, 2010
Brasil Amazonas State University (UEA) March, 2013
Oceania
Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) May, 1984
Middle East
Israel Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) July, 1996
Europe
Sweden Karolinska Institute (KI) January, 2004
UK University of Liverpool (UoL) January, 2010
Germany The Max Planck Society (MPG) June, 1984
Technische Universität München (TUM) January, 2010
France Institut Pasteur (IP) January, 1984
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) July, 1994
Université de Strasbourg May, 1996
Switzerland Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) December, 2009
Russia Kazan Federal University November, 2015

Educational Partnerships

In addition to research partnerships, RIKEN has always cooperated with universities on matters of research while also working to build closer ties by accepting their research students. In 1989, RIKEN took this another step by establishing Japan's first Joint Graduate School Program jointly with Saitama University.

At present, RIKEN is actively engaged in Joint Graduate School Programs with the thirty eight universities shown in the table below.

Domestic Graduate Schools with which RIKEN has joint graduate school program (as of September 2018)

Graduate Schools Year program started
Saitama University (Graduate School of Science and Engineering) 1989
University of Tsukuba (Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences) 1992
Tokyo University of Science (Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Industrial Science and Technology, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine) 1995
Toyo University (Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Life Sciences,Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science) 1997
Tokyo Institute of Technology (School of Materials and Chemical Technology, School of Science etc.) 1997
Tohoku University (Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Information Sciences) 1997
Rikkyo University (Graduate School of Science) 1998
Chiba University (Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Advanced Integration Science, Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine) 1998
University of HYOGO (Graduate School of Material Science, Graduate School of Life Science) 1999
Tokyo Denki University (Graduate School of Engineering) 2000
The University of Tokyo (Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) 2000
Yokohama City University (Graduate School of Nanobioscience, Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Life Science) 2001
Kyushu Institute of Technology (Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering) 2001
Kobe University (Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of System Informatics) 2002
Kyoto University (Graduate School of Biostudies, Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Informatics
2002
Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Graduate School of Biological Sciences) 2003
Toho University (Graduate School of Science) 2003
Kwansei Gakuin University (Graduate School of Science and Technology) 2004
Nigata University (Graduate School of Science and Technology) 2004
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences) 2004
Nagaoka University of Technology (Graduate School of Engineering) 2004
Osaka University (Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences) 2005
Hokkaido University (Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Graduate School of Life Science, Graduate School of Science) 2005
Tokyo Metropolitan University (Graduate School of Science) 2007
Waseda University (Faculty of Science and Engineering<Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering>) 2007
Gunma University (Graduate School of Science and Technology) 2007
Shibaura Institute of Technology (Graduate School of and Engineering and Science) 2008
Nagoya Universtiy (Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences) 2008
Keio University (School of Medicine/Graduate School of Medicine) 2008
Hiroshima University (Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Graduate School of Science) 2009
Doshisya University (Graduate School of Science and Engineering) 2009
Gifu University (United Graduate School of Drug Discovery and Medical Information Sciences) 2010
Okayama University (Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences) 2010
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Graduate School of Engineering) 2011
Kobe Gakuin University (Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences) 2012
Tokushima University (Institute of Biomedical Sciences) 2012
Wakayama University (Graduate School of Systems Engineering) 2012
Ochanomizu University (Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences) 2014
Meiji University (Graduate School of Science and Technology) 2015
Ritsumeikan University (Graduate School of Life Sciences) 2017
Kyushu University (Graduate School of Engineering) 2018
Juntendo University (Graduate School of Medicine) 2018

Overseas Graduate Schools with which RIKEN has joint graduate school program

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