About the UTokyo-Yale Initiative

Mission and Activities


The purpose of the UTokyo-Yale Initiative is twofold.

1. To strengthen international research collaboration in a wide range of fields such as the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

2. To enhance the international research capabilities of UTokyo students and junior scholars.

Initially launched in 2007 as the pilot project of the University of Tokyo’s efforts to strengthen and expand its global network, the UTokyo-Yale Initiative has expanded beyond its initial goal of internationally promoting Japanese Studies: it is currently developing a variety of reciprocal and multi-tracked partnerships encompassing various research fields and academic departments with Yale University. The UTokyo-Yale Initiative will continue to intensify the intellectual cooperation and scholarly exchanges between the two Universities.

Exchange Activities
 UTokyo-Yale Initiative promotes research exchanges between the academic staff of the two Universities in a wide range of academic fields. It is also actively engaged in educational exchanges by sending junior researchers and graduate students to the Yale’s Visiting Assistants in Research (VAR) program, recommending students to Yale’s Fox International Fellowship program, and sending undergraduate students to Yale’s Summer Session programs.

 The UTokyo-Yale Initiative has been (co-)sponsoring lectures and talks held at both campus. At Yale, the Council on East Asian Studies of the the MacMillan Center has been our major sponsor. Regular talk by Yale faculty members are held at the University of Tokyo as the Yamakawa Kenjiro Memorial Lecture Series with the cooperation of various departments.