Join ENCATC to be part of major EU-Japan policy and international relations developments

Join ENCATC to be part of major EU-Japan policy and international relations developments

The 2018 ENCATC International Study Tour is perfectly timely with the recent European policy development in culture and education. On 6 July 2018, 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.

The meeting was the occasion for Commissioner Navracsics and Minister Hayashi to launch two new Japan-EU joint initiatives. The first is a joint call for proposals to co-finance consortia of excellent European and Japanese universities. The second is a short-term staff-exchange programme for EU and MEXT officials to promote peer-learning and boost cooperation.

Both initiatives emphasize the importance of people to people contacts within the EU-Japan relations, especially within the framework of the Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) which is expected to be signed in the near future.

Therefore, ENCATC wants to back up this important EU-Japan policy developments by fostering international mobility of people and ideas, allowing joint projects between universities and/or cultural organisations based Japan and Europe to flourish, as well as giving participants from different world regions to access to current research trends in Japan, and grow their professional network.

Over the course of five days from 5-9 November, the 2018 ENCATC International Study Tour in Tokyo will provide direct contact with local universities and cultural operators in Japan in view of establishing long-term cooperation and transnational projects between education and cultural institutions in Japan and beyond. The 5-day programme includes the 2018 ENCATC Academy on Cultural Policy & Cultural Diplomacy and Study Visits to key cultural institutions. 

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring ideas for cultural projects, joint education programmes, artistic collaborations, and innovative initiatives to create new partnerships, professional ties and lasting friendships. 

Registration is open until 1 November: Members of ENCATC, TACPS and AAAE can benefit from special rates! 

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