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How can you seize EU-Japan partnership opportunities?

How can you seize EU-Japan partnership opportunities?

The 2018 ENCATC International Study Tour and the 2018 ENCATC Academy on Cultural Policy & Cultural Diplomacy are designed to offer participants the opportunity to learn, from inside, the cultural management and policy in Japan and create close contacts with local universities and cultural operators in view of establishing long term cooperation and transnational projects. 

The two programmes for 5-9 November 2018 are now online. Participants are strongly encouraged to attended both activities as they are complementary and lead to a more enhanced experience. Over five days, participants will be able to boost project development and synergies between their institution in Europe with their counterparts in Japan, to learn about the current cultural policy and research trends in Japan, as well as being part of the international mobility of people and ideas between Europe and the land of the rising sun.

The two activities are timely with the latest developments in cultural policy and education. On 6 July, Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), met in Budapest to officially launch the EU-Japan Policy dialogue on Education, Culture and Sport.

At the meeting, Commissioner Navracsics and Minister Hayashi launched two new Japan-EU joint initiatives. First, a joint call for proposals to co-finance consortia of excellent European and Japanese universities to develop highly integrated master programmes and provide scholarships for talented students from Europe and Japan to study abroad. The second is a short-term staff-exchange programme for EU and MEXT officials to promote peer-learning and boost cooperation. Both initiatives emphasise the importance of people-to-people contacts within the EU-Japan relations.

ENCATC wishes to bring its contribution to the recent EU statement. Therefore, our 2018 International Study Tour and Academy will gather a group of maximum 25 academics, researchers and professionals from the cultural and academic sector across Europe and Japan.

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