The platform-building project under the 2017 Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) aims, in addition to the building of a platform for the sharing of information and experience gained through exchanges between Japanese and Russian universities, at the fostering of human resources who can contribute to the implementation of the eight-point cooperation plan (Collaborative Plan for Industrial and Economic Innovation for an Environmentally Friendly Russia with a Higher Quality of Life) Japan proposed to Russia at a May 2016 summit. It is also intended to draft a specific activity plan for the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan whose establishment was agreed to at the Japan-Russia summit meeting held in December 2016.
In line with the eight-point cooperation plan between Japan and Russia, the project proposed jointly by Hokkaido University and Niigata University was intended to endeavor to help fundamentally expand and develop bilateral exchanges in eight fields: health and medical care, city development, exchanges between small and medium-sized companies, energy development, promotion of industrial diversification, industrial promotion in the Far East, cooperation in developing advanced technologies, and expansion of people-to-people exchanges. After that, along with the promotion of the project, the Committee for Personnel Exchanges between Japan and Russia was established to promote people-to-people exchanges; the Language, Culture and Tourism section was added to meet the need for specialized human resources development; and the Energy Development Section was reorganized into the SDGs: Environment, Resource Development and Multicultural Education Section for further development.
We also aim to advance partnerships with the business community and local governments in terms of exchanges between Japan and Russia in order to establish the Japan-Russia Bilateral Corporation for Professional Education (provisional name) by AY2022 in collaboration with universities in Japan and Russia, local governments and the business community.