Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan

The Association of Japanese and Russian Universities is an organization comprised of Russian and Japanese universities who aim to promote inter-university exchanges and increase the number of participants of student exchanges.

When the Association was founded, 21 universities from each side, Russia and Japan (42 in total) , were involved. By October 2019, the number had risen to 27 universities from each country (54 in total).

In May 2018, the first general meeting for the Association of Japanese and Russian Universities was held in Sapporo, Japan, and afterwards, the second meeting was held in Moscow, Russia. The future meetings are planned to be held every eighteen months with the location alternating between Japan and Russia. Next meeting will be in Niigata, Japan.

Hisory of the Association

From 2009 presidents of Japanese and Russian universities held meetings aiming to promote inter-university exchanges. These meetings led to a statement in October 2016 expressing agreement to cooperate for establishing the Association of Japanese and Russian Universities. Following this, in December 2016, in conjunction with the Japan-Russia Summit Meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of the Association of Japanese and Russian Universities was signed, on the basis of which the Association was eventually founded.