Research-Intensive Universities from around the World Voice the Need for Continued Support for Frontier Research
November 17, 2016
The "Global Network of Research-Intensive University Networks: 2016 International Annual Meeting" international conference was held at Keio University's Mita Campus for two days from November 7 to 8, 2016. The purpose of this conference was to bring representatives from research-intensive university networks from different countries and regions of the world together to share and understand ongoing activities and the current situation of each network, discuss common issues, and work towards solutions through mutual collaboration. RU11 (Japan), of which Keio University is a member, has been part of this global network since 2014.
In addition to RU11 members, approximately 30 representatives from networks including, AEARU (East Asia), C9 and HK3 (China), German U15, Group of Eight (Australia), LERU (Europe), and U15 Canada participated.
At this conference, it was reaffirmed that although it has become more difficult worldwide to get research funding, research-intensive universities are playing a vital role to create innovation and to contribute to the growth of the world economy. Through the release of the Tokyo Statement, an appeal to governments of member institutions was made to make sufficient long-term investments in cutting-edge frontier research.