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 Hawke Research Institute (HRI) collaborates with Keio University’s Graduate School of Human Relations through joint seminars, joint research and a double PhDs. The joint PhD program commenced in 2016 and we have one student currently undertaking the program. Keio University is considered the 'Harvard' of Japan and the current Memorandum of Understanding facilitates research collaboration in the field of social theory and cultural studies. In May 2014 the HRI held a States of Emergency conference, sponsored by the Japan Foundation, and in association with Chiba University and Keio University which addressed the economic, cultural, political and psychological impacts of recent global and regional disasters. The conference promoted a much needed dialogue between leading Japanese and Australian social scientists on global disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. A number of journal articles have also been co-authored in the Journal for The Theory of Social Behaviour.
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
Research collaboration between UniSA’s flagship Future Industries Institute and the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering is the source of a long standing research relationship.
The UniSA Business School and Tsukuba’s Graduate School of Business Sciences have commenced an exchange relationship based on graduate business students undertaking short term programs at the partner university.
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.
Nagoya University is a student exchange partner; recently it has been a destination for undergraduate and post graduate Education students. Students do not require a prior knowledge of Japanese. Nagoya University is also a partner under the Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program, which has resulted in graduate student exchange.
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS)
UniSA has exchanged undergraduate students with NUFS since 2004. It has been a major destination for UniSA Japanese language students.
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.
Okayama University is a long standing exchange partner with regular inbound and outbound undergraduate exchange since 2002. Students do not need to have studied Japanese to go on exchange.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College