The University of Birmingham will play host to three inward missions from Japan this month.

A British Council-led mission composed of representatives from a number of major Japanese universities is visiting campus today to find out more about Birmingham’s international relations’ programmes.  Institutions represented include the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Nagoya University and the Tokyo University of Science.

Next week, academics from Waseda University, Tokyo, are meeting colleagues in the College of Arts and Law and School of Government and Society to explore joint programmes and student exchange initiatives between the two universities.

In addition, later this month, Pro-Vice Chancellors, Professor Michael Whitby and Professor Adrian Randall, will welcome representatives from the International Christian University, Tokyo.  The delegation is seeking to learn about developing and maintaining high standards of academic excellence from a UK institutional perspective.

Dr. Edward Harcourt, Director of International Relations at the University of Birmingham, commented: “Japan has one of the leading higher education economies in the world and we welcome the opportunity to share best practice with Japanese colleagues.  With about 130 Japanese students studying at Birmingham, our ties to Japan are strong and getting stronger each year.” 


• The University of Birmingham is a truly vibrant, global community and an internationally-renowned institution, in the top 100 globally. With approximately 28,000 students and 6,000 members of staff, its work brings people from more than 150 countries to Birmingham.  For further information, visit:

• Mission dates: British Council Japanese Universities (10 March 2011), Waseda University(16 March 2011), International Christian University (21 March 2011).

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