The Re-Inventing Japan Project is a program initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in fiscal 2011 that aims to foster global human resources capable of being active internationally and strengthen the ability to expand university education worldwide. Three projects from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have been adopted for the project: JTRE, Advanced TKT CAMPUS Asia Consortium, and IUEP-RUSSIA.
The exchange program creates a research and education initiatives for resilience engineering as well as earthquake engineering as the collaboration between the University of Tokyo and Tokyo Institute of Technology. It focuses on the performance of energy and urban systems, under the condition of severe natural environment like earthquake. The education program aims to produce a synergy effects between participating universities based on the common backgrounds between the two countries, e.g., the similarities in natural and social environments.
Tokyo Tech is deepening science- and technology-related collaboration among top universities in East Asia through student and research exchanges with Tsinghua University (China) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (South Korea). Students from Tsinghua University and KAIST are accepted at Tokyo Tech and students from Tokyo Tech are sent to both of these universities to conduct research activities. Getting to know neighboring countries that one is familiar with but only at a surface level is the first step to building an international career.
The main characteristic of the initiative is the way in which Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Combined Life Engineering Course, Nuclear Engineering Course, and Life Science and Technology Course, which promotes the science and engineering of life, within the integrated research education field, act as the focal point and cooperate to actively promote academic exchanges between Japan and Russia through student exchanges with the top two Russian universities in these fields of integrated science and engineering, and the way in which both countries cooperate to develop young engineers that can contribute to expected future.