Re-Inventing Japan Project AY2011-2015

Re-Inventing Japan Project AY2011-2015

For the past 5 years, Tokyo Tech's Re-Inventing Japan Project aimed at developing talented individuals capable of being active internationally while promoting exchanges with universities in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. The project, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, started in 2011 and ended in March 2016. This outline of the five years of activities during the project shows what Tokyo Tech has to offer to the world.

Two programs of the Re-Inventing Japan Project

The Re-Inventing Japan Project consisted of two programs,TKT CAMPUS Asia and TiROP, both of which aimed to provide students with opportunities to focus on lab work at their host universities. The programs boosted exchange of students and researchers with the following universities.

Two programs of the Re-Inventing Japan Project

  • U.S.A.
    Brown University / California Institute of Technology / Carnegie Mellon University / Georgia Institute of Technology / Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) / Stanford University / University of California, Berkeley / University of Minnesota Twin Cities / University of Washington / University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Europe
    Delft University of Technology / Imperial College London / Paris Institute of Technology / RWTH Aachen University / Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
  • Asia
    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology / Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) / Nanyang Technological University / Tsinghua University

Interactions between Tokyo Tech and partner universities

The project prompted new partnerships — Tokyo Tech signed an academic cooperation agreement with the University of Minnesota — and discussion is underway with KAIST to implement a dual degree program whereby students study at and earn degrees from both universities.

President Eric Kaler of the University of Minnesota (front right) and Then-President Mishima

Number of students involved in the Re-Inventing Japan Project

Academic year

Enhanced support for inbound students

As the project progressed, support and opportunities for inbound students were further enhanced through:

  • Continuous development of Tokyo Tech's summer programs
  • Implementation of an online application system
  • Professional development for Tokyo Tech faculty to improve English proficiency

The highlight of the TiROP summer program was the chance to conduct cutting-edge research at a lab under the supervision of Tokyo Tech faculty. Joint papers produced by participating students are testament to the high quality of the guidance provided. The program also offered company visits, Japanese culture experiences, and internships at companies in Japan. Upon completion of the program, some students gained employment with Japanese companies in their home countries, while others returned to Tokyo Tech for master's or doctoral degrees.

Summer program-related Tokyo Tech News

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy

US Ambassador Kennedy addresses Women in STEM panel discussion at Tokyo Tech

This panel discussion was held as a part of the TiROP Summer Program.

JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
JAXA Tsukuba Space Center

CAMPUS Asia Summer Program 2015 academic tours

Students visited RIKEN Wako branch, SONY Square, Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tsukuba Space Center.

Audience enjoying Shinoharu Tatekawa's rakugo performance
Audience enjoying Shinoharu Tatekawa's rakugo performance

RAKUGO Live at Tokyo Tech 2015

Overseas students at Tokyo Tech were introduced to Japanese culture through traditional verbal performance.

Enhanced support for outbound students

Attending Japanese language class at Georgia Institute of TechnologyAttending Japanese language class at Georgia Institute of Technology

With the aim of dismissing Tokyo Tech students' concerns regarding study abroad, the Re-Inventing Japan Project offered short-term visit programs which allowed students to travel with faculty and experience university life abroad. Many participants eventually studied abroad as exchange students, went on to overseas universities, or otherwise became globally active. A consultation service at the Institute regarding study abroad ensured that students could get questions answered promptly.

Tokyo Tech News on short-term visit program

Exchanging opinions with MIT students
Exchanging opinions with MIT students

Student trip to US universities: A foretaste of long-term study abroad

Students visited MIT and Brown University for 8 days in February and March, 2014.

Dinner at the University of Oxford
Dinner at the University of Oxford

TiROP Short Visit Program 2015: Tokyo Tech students experience UK university life

Undergraduate students visited Imperial College London, University of Oxford, and University of Cambridge for 12 days in September, 2015.

Expansion of the project

The diverse effects of the Re-Inventing Japan Project are already reverberating into the future. Launched in 2015, a new program aimed at developing partnerships with Turkish universities is moving forward. In addition, by leveraging the experience accumulated by the Institute in the five years of activities, newly designed course-oriented and research-oriented summer programs for both undergraduate and graduate students will start at Tokyo Tech in 2016.


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Published: April 2016


Public Relations Division, Tokyo Institute of Technology