Specialized sections refer to the organizations composed of representatives from industry, government and academia in Japan and Russia that aim to foster experts capable of contributing to the promotion of economic cooperation and personal exchanges between Japan and Russia in the fields of (1) health and medicine, (2) city development, (3) exchanges between small and medium-sized companies, (4) SDGs: environment, resource development and multicultural education, (5) promotion of industrial diversification, (6) industrial promotion in the Far East, (7) cooperation in developing advanced technologies, and (8) Language, culture and tourism.
The specialized sections develop the expertise of students, researchers and businesspeople in Japan and Russia through effective coordination with non-higher education institutions in industry, government and academia. They may also engage in inter-sectional activities where necessary.
The specialized sections offer programs to undergraduate and graduate students in Japan and Russia. They also target working people engaged in Japan-Russia exchanges, in addition to serving as a platform for exchange among young researchers.
With the cooperation of non-higher education institutions instrumental to the education of students, the programs enable students to engage in activities in a country other than the country where their home university is located (i.e., Japanese students engaging in activities in Russia and Russian students engaging in activities in Japan). It is preferable that credits (incl. part of credits) are awarded by the students’ home universities.
Examples of cooperation of non-higher education institutions include:
- Internships and observation tours offered at the institutions concerned
- Classes (or part of classes) taught by the staff of the institutions concerned as part-time lecturers
- Advice regarding the operations of the specialized sections
Each specialized section has one leader school in Japan and one in Russia overseeing the entire section.
Steering Committee for Specialized Sections
The specialized sections are run by the Steering Committee for Specialized Sections, which constitutes HaRP along with the Committee for Personnel Exchanges between Japan and Russia. The Steering Committee consists mainly of a Chairperson and the leaders of the specialized sections, and aims to achieve the objectives outlined below.
- (1)Smooth operations of specialized section activities to develop human resources capable of helping expand and develop exchanges between Japan and Russia and to provide educational programs designed for experts
- (2)Promotion of educational exchanges between Japan and Russia in coordination with the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan