The University of South Australia has had a long history of research and teaching interaction with Japan, ranging from language studies at Waseda University, to engineering research links with the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering, to joint social science research with Keio University’s Graduate School of Human Relations. These links sit within the strong and wide-ranging relationship between the two nations.
Japan is Australia's second-largest export market and third-largest source of foreign investment. Australia's stable political, business and investment environment makes it a critical supplier to Japan of clean and safe food products as well as minerals and energy.
UniSA’s most ambitious industry partnership in Japan is with ULVAC, a global vacuum technology company and leader in advanced materials, deposition, etching, and integrated devices has a revenue of approximately 2 billion USD per annum. ULVAC has been attracted by UniSA’s strong reputation in the areas of materials science, advanced manufacturing and nanotechnology. Key collaborations include:
- ULVAC has investing in world-class clean room facilities at UniSA, housing advanced manufacturing tools
- Over 10 years collaboration with UniSA’s Australian National Fabrication Facility node (ANFF-SA) on plasma etching
- ULVAC is a significant funding partner on two significant research projects
- ULVAC and UniSA are now extending the partnership into new areas including, education and training programs for ULVAC staff, industry engaged PhD programs for ULVAC staff
UniSA’s Hawke Research Institute collaborates with Keio University’s Graduate School of Human Relations through joint seminars, joint research and a joint PhD. The MOU facilitates research collaboration in the field of social theory and cultural studies. Professor Anthony Elliott, who leads for UniSA, is a Super-Global (Visiting) Professor at the Graduate School of Human Relations at Keio.
UniSA’s Advanced Computing Research Centre has an ongoing research, student and staff exchange relationship with Keio’s Department of Information and Computer Science and Graduate School of Media Design.
“States of Emergency – The Emotional Costs of Global and Regional Disasters”, (2014), was a conference co-organised by UniSA, Chiba University and Keio University. This conference led to the publication of the edited volume The Consequences of Global Disasters (Routledge, 2016), edited by A. Elliott and E. L. Hsu.
UniSA Japanese language students undertake annual study tours to Waseda University through UniSA’s Japanese studies program in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages. A UniSA year long fellowship at Waseda University was supported by a Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange grant provided by the Japan Foundation, a semi-governmental organisation that promotes Japanese studies and culture internationally.
Waseda University is a partner under the Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program, which provides a scholarship to assist early career researchers and Australian and Japanese students undertaking honours, masters or doctoral studies by coursework or research in a relevant discipline in the areas of urban development, planning, urban design and environmental management to study overseas for up to six months in Japan or Australia.
University of Tokyo
UniSA Collaborates with the University of Tokyo across many fields including:
Future Industries Institute - UniSA’s 25-year connection with University of Tokyo’s Professor Takehiko Kitamori’s Biodevices group includes student exchanges, visits and research projects
The Hawke EU Centre - developed partnerships with the Department of Sociology at Todai, under funding from the Japan Foundation
The Hawke-Kantoh Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 by the Hawke Research Institute at UniSA and the Kanto Sociological Society to promote a deeper understanding of Japan and its regional engagement.
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Professor Libby Roughhead leads a research collaboration with the University of Tokyo.
The Institute for Telecommunications Research Associate Professor Terence Chan and Dr Siu Wai Ho lead a collaboration with Hirosuke Yamamoto on a Discovery-funded research project.
UniSA Cancer researchers collaborate with Prof Atsushi Miyajima, Prof Toshio Kitamura, Prof Masayuki Miura, Prof Noboru Mizushima and Prof Yutaka Suzuki at the University of Tokyo.
Established in 1874 Rikkyo is one of the oldest private Universities in Japan. Our collaboration with Rikkyo is primarily through their College of Sociology with a number of academic staff being exchanged between the two institutions as visiting fellows.
Rikkyo University is a partner in UniSA’s Japan Foundation Conference. Entitled “Mobile Cultures of Disaster Conference” Rikkyo’s Professor Seongbin Hwang, professor of Media Sociology, is a co-convener of the conference.
Rikkyo are also a current student exchange partner.
Kwansai Gakuin University (KGU)
Kwansai Gakuin University is a partner in UniSA’s Japan Foundation Conference. Entitled “Mobile Cultures of Disaster Conference” KGU’s Professor Masahiro Ogino, School of Sociology is a co-convener of the conference.
UniSA has several exchange partners in Japan offering international experiences to a wide range of disciplines and language abilities.
Japan exchange partners
Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program
The Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program (MLFP) is jointly run between The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and UniSA. It provides a scholarship to assist Early Career Researchers and Australian and Japanese students undertaking honours, masters or doctoral studies by coursework or research in a relevant discipline in the areas of urban development, planning, urban design and environmental management to study overseas for up to six months in Japan or Australia.
The partner institutions in Japan are:
- University of Nagoya
- University of Tsukuba
- Waseda University
Areas of study and research
- UniSA Cancer Research Institute
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre
- Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Development
- Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration
- Design Research for Health & Wellbeing
- Digital Transformations Research Group
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Research for Educational and Social Inclusion
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College