Kyoto University has strong strategic partners with leading institutions across Europe and the UK. Most are coordinated from a central office located in the old town of Heidelberg, Germany. I visited the office in Sep. 2018 to explore three-way collaboration between Sydney Uni, Kyoto Uni, and the University of Heidelberg. I learned a great deal about the structure of double degrees and dual degrees. In fact, until my visit, I didn't know the difference!

Incidentally, the Kyoto Uni Euro Center is located within Heidelberg University's student prison (Studentenkarzer). The university has a long tradition as a center of learning, but students at the 500-year-old uni have often taken the view that "All work and no play makes Hans a dull boy." As long ago as the 16th Century, citizen complaints about carousing students led the university to open a Studentenkarzer, or Student Prison, where academic miscreants were kept off the streets for three days to four weeks at a time.

Strategic Partnerships

The HeKKSaGON Joint PhD programme at Heidelberg University, Germany, and Kyoto University, Japan, is a doctoral programme offering international access to interdisciplinary research environments. Students participating in the programme in Heidelberg are affiliated with the Faculty of Philosophy and the Excellence Cluster 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context' and will spend 3 to 12 months at Kyoto University supervised by professors of the Faculty of Letters and the 'Kyoto Asian Studies Unit - KUASU'. For this purpose, KUASU offers students with high quality PhD projects a scholarship within its Asian ERASMUS programme.

Transcultural Studies constitute a new research field in the humanities and social sciences that seeks to address the challenges posed by global connectivity to existing disciplines and frames of knowledge. In Japan, Kyoto University has instituted the first and until now only major in the country for this area of study, which is also the first international joint degree in the humanities. The Joint Degree Master of Arts in Transcultural Studies (JDTS) is an English language, research-oriented master program based in the Faculty of Arts that combines interdisciplinary education with a transregional focus predominantly on East, South, and Southeast Asia as well as Europe.

The HeKKSaGOn network was founded in 2010 as an alliance between six universities in Germany and Japan consisting of the following partners: Heidelberg University, Kyoto University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Tohoku University University of Göttingen Osaka University.

The Japanologentag is the most important scientific event of Japanese research in German-speaking countries. Since 1974, the event has usually been hosted every three years at a Japanese institutes of an university as host.F rom 1990 to 2012, the organizer of the conferences was the Gesellschaft für Japanforschung (GJF). In 2015, the Japanology Day was organized by the LMU Munich with scientific advice from the GJF.