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Keio’s Global Engagement

Keio University is Japan’s oldest private comprehensive university. We are located in the Greater Tokyo Area, which is one of the world's largest metropolitan regions and a melting pot of people and ideas from around Japan and the rest of the world.

Through an interdisciplinary approach centered on practical learning, Keio is committed to tackling current global challenges including changes in social structures due to aging populations and falling birthrates, climate change and increased frequency of natural disasters, and social divides and loss of cultures and traditions due to the influences of globalization and accelerated technology development.

Global Initiatives

  • LongevityInitiative to realize a society
    where people live better,
    longer lives

    Health Science
    World-leading research on health and longevity at the Center for Systems Medicine (Center of Innovation Program)
    Regenerative medicine for a healthy longevity society (iPS/ES regenerative medicine)
    Towards a Healthy Longevity Society
    Research on population and family structures, labor conditions of older people, social security and public finance (GCOE)
    Public policy research (WHO, EU, World Bank, and World Economic Forum)
    New Technologies for a Longevity Society
    Technological reform for medical nursing care
    Nano/micro technology and robotics research
  • SecurityInitiative to assure a safer,
    more sustainable society

    Environmental Risks
    Science and technology to improve the air quality in East Asia
    Policy research, economic theory, empirical studies, and international projects at the grassroots level
    Public health research (Community/regional medicine, etc.)
    Economic Risks
    Fiscal and financial research to improve market quality and infrastructure
    Cyber security research and Internet governance
    Geopolitical Risks
    Regional security research, especially within East Asia
    Rule of law research
    Establishment of International LL.M. Program at Keio University Law School
  • CreativityInitiative to bolster
    innovation in education
    and research

    Basic Research
    Next-generation communication technologies (Haptic communications)
    Component measurement technologies (Human Metabolome Technologies Inc.)
    New materials research (Plastic optical fibers)
    Media/Expression Research
    Future of interactive, social and communication media at the Keio-NUS CUTE Center
    Collaboration with the world's top design schools
    with Keio's Global Innovation Design (GID) Program
    Management Research
    Advanced research into management, marketing, human resources, and value-added processes at Keio Business School, Japan's oldest internationally accredited business school

To maximize Keio’s academic strengths in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences from its 10 undergraduate faculties and 14 graduate schools, Keio has created three global initiatives: Longevity, which explores issues of longevity, aging, and dementia from life science and medical perspectives, as well as potential applications in robotics, medical policy, and medical economics, for a longer-living and healthier society; Security, which incorporates research on methodologies for managing social systems shaping Society 5.0, analyses on risk society, and East Asian security issues, for a safer and more sustainable society; and Creativity, for the technological developments related to sports and business, and the research associated with cultural and artistic activities. Through these initiatives, Keio is striving to bolster interdisciplinary academic research to solve global-scale problems. We are also actively engaging in collaborations with industry and joint research with overseas partner institutions.

SDGs at Keio

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 interconnected objectives adopted by the UN to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Reaching these goals requires the involvement of both developing and developed nations and the formation of international partnerships, leaving no one behind. Covering issues such as poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace, and justice, the goals comprise 169 targets for building a safer and more sustainable planet for everyone.

At Keio University, the xSDG Laboratory was established in 2017 to promote and conduct research related to the SDGs at the Keio Research Institute at SFC, aims to utilize SDGs as an approach to resolve issues in diversified and complex societies through transdisciplinary research. Read more about the ongoing activities of the xSDG Laboratory on their website:

Also, in 2020, it has set up a new Global Engagement website, which introduces the three Global Initiatives of Longevity, Security, and creativity, the Top Global University Project adopted in 2014 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), as well as the university’s engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

Keio University Ranked 91st in the THE University Impact Rankings 2019

Keio University was ranked 91st in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2019 announced on April 3 (Wed.), 2019. From Japan, 3 universities were ranked in the top 100, namely Kyoto University (48th), the University of Tokyo (52nd), and Keio University. Learn more

Global Partnerships

Keio has over 300 partner institutions abroad, and is actively engaged in global collaboration activities with international associations including the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)  and the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) at the World Economic Forum. To equip students with the skills for leadership roles in a global society, Keio offers more double degree programs with other world-class universities than any other Japanese university, while conducting over 800 classes in English. We also have established an online joint lecture course  on “longevity society” with the University of Cologne in Germany. Furthermore, Keio’s Hiyoshi Campus will host the preparation camps of the British Olympic and Paralympic teams for Tokyo 2020.

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Keio University Global Engagement Office

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