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University of Warsaw (UW), Warsaw Poland

University of Warsaw (UW) founded in 1816. UW is Poland largest and finest University. UW is a public HEI, research-oriented and mobility friendly. From its beginning UW has played a major role in the intellectual, political, economic, social, and cultural life of Poland.

UW belongs to the top 3% of universities in the world according to the global rankings such as ARWU, QS, THE; was awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and the HR Excellence in Research title by the European Commission. Member of the 4EU European University Alliance. UW: 21 faculties, 30 independent teaching & research units, 47,600 students (incl. 3,000 PhD), 3,000 post-diploma learners, 7,300 staff, incl. 3,750 researchers/teachers; over 100 study fields in Humanities, Earth, Social, Natural Science at first/second/third cycles (Bachelor/Master/Doctoral levels), 5-year Master Studies in Law, Psychology; 25 degree programmes in English; 26 Joint/Dual Master programmes; over 1,500 courses in foreign languages; vocational training; e-learning; summer education.

UW holds excellent positions in the comparative evaluations of quality of education, in particular study programmes, such as the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking and Eduniversal Best Masters and MBA Worldwide. 17 programmes provided by UW have been listed in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 15 programmes offered by UW have been listed in Eduniversal Best Masters & MBA Ranking 2017.

The quality of education assurance and enhancement system at UW is built with strict observance of autonomy and specific character of UW units and with the support and popularisation of the best and most effective solutions. The quality of education is also confirmed by research conducted amongst the University’s graduates. UW conducts the largest research enterprise of its kind in Europe by monitoring the careers of its former students. Results demonstrate that having a diploma from the University of Warsaw is a definite asset on the job market: 94% of respondents have found employment within one year of graduation.

UW is the most active and efficient university in Poland in terms of participation in EU programmes which is demonstrated by the following selected data:

a) within Erasmus+: e.g. over 2.500 outgoing & incoming students and staff by KA103/ LearningMobility of Individuals project in 2016-2018; 7 Strategic Partnerships projects in 2018 and 1 Capacity Building project.

b) ithin Erasmus Mundus in 2007-2018: Joint Master Programme NOHA, ADVANCES, GEM; as apartner university in 28 Action 2 projects with HEIs from Asia, Russia, Middle East, Latin America; as a coordinating institution in 4 Action 2 projects: SIGMA/SIGMA Agile – Western Balkans, SALAM/SALAM2 – Iran, Iraq, Yemen;

c) within Horizon 2020 – ca. 55 ongoing projects;

d) 14 ERC – European Research Council grants received in a wide range of areas: algorithms, anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, cryptography, cultural sciences, linguistics, logic, mathemathical physics, sociology.

UW is one of the 15 project partners in the EWP 2.0 consortium (2018-2019). UW was also a very active member of important projects such as: EWP1 (2015-2017), EMREX, EGRACONS. It worth stressing that the EWP 2.0 project is linked to other European digital initiatives and tools: the Online Learning Agreement (OLA), the Erasmus+ App, the European Student Card (ESC). UW occupies the first place in the national rankings of universities. Its faculties obtained national and international accreditations, such as EQUIS, AMBA, AASBI; created 9 spin-off companies. UW is a member of multiple international and Polish associations and networks, for instance: EUA, EUF, EUNIS (European University Information Systems), MUCI (University Centre for Informatization), UNICA, EMT, NOHA, HUMANE, ASAIHL.

UW is an example of a success story in terms of its achievements and its involvement in the Erasmus Programme since 1998, demonstrated by the following merits: 2016 – a distinction for the exemplary implementation of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (awarded by the European Commission), 2017 – a Special Prize in the EDUInspiration competition on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of European Social Fund and the 5th anniversary of completing projects funded by European Social Fund as part of the Operations Programme: Human Capital, Knowledge, Education and Development; for realizing and popularising the results of “International mobility of disabled and financially disadvantaged students” (awarded by the Foundation for Development of the Education System – Polish National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme) and in 2018 – a Special Prize in the EDUInspiration competition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, for the university’s involvement in Erasmus and other EU programmes.

Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), Poznań Poland

Poland Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is the major academic institution in Poznań and one of the top Polish universities. Its reputation is founded on tradition, the outstanding achievements of the faculty and the attractive curriculum offered to students. The University was founded in 1919 and currently its student population is nearly 40 000 students (over 1000 are international students). AMU includes 15 faculties, where students may choose between 180 possible professional specializations at Bachelor and Master level, as well as study at doctoral schools. The University currently employs nearly 3,000 teaching staff and over 2200 non-academic employees.

Several departments at AMU conduct didactic and research in the area of Indo-Pacific studies. These include:
-    Chair of Oriental Studies – Japanese, Chinese and Indian studies. These are mainly linguistic studies but also include few courses and seminars related to politics in East and South Asia.
-    Department of Japanese Studies offers lectures on Japan’s political history, which covers also diplomatic and trade relations of Japan with the neighboring states (China, South and North Korea, Russia, USA), course on modern problems of Japan (including territorial disputes, historical problems, security issues), and seminar on politics in East Asia.
-    Faculty of Political Science and Journalism – part of MA program in International Relations offers a specialization in East and South Asia.
Its aim to give students a comprehensive knowledge about political, economic and social processes and trends in the aforementioned regions. Also, some elective courses on Asian politics are being offered to students of all programs offered at the Faculty. Researchers from Departments of Strategic Studies, Non-European Political Studies, International Economy, as well as Social and Economic Policy are conducting research in such areas as international security in the Indo-Pacific and China-EU economic relations.
The university is also heavily involved in research and EU funded research projects including Erasmus + and Horyzont 2020.
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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Beppu Japan

With over 100 years of tradition and history, the Ritsumeikan Academy opened Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in April 2000 as Japan's first genuine international university. APU is a tertiary academic institution that houses two colleges (College of Asia Pacific Studies and College of International Management), Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, and Graduate School of International Management. The student number is approximately 6000, with a faculty and staff of 200 (including contract staff members). The research and teaching areas of the faculty broadly encompass social sciences, humanities, and environmental sciences, geographically focused on the Indo-Pacific region. The university also hosts the Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS), which runs the annual Asia Pacific Conference and publishes a journal and working paper series.

APU campus is a truly multicultural and multilingual environment with nearly half of the student population made up of international students from around the world and an equally diverse faculty. Furthermore, the unique Japanese/English bilingual education system allows students to develop high levels of language proficiency while also removing the language barrier and making it possible for outstanding young people from around the world to study and earn a degree in Japan. APU has welcomed international students from 147 different countries and regions since its inception. APU has concluded agreements with 465 universities and research institutions in 73 countries and regions around the world, and APU operates student exchange programs with 152 of these partners in 49 countries and regions. APU support network consists of Advisory Committee with 265 members including leaders of various countries, ambassadors, business figures and Nobel Prize-winning scholars and prominent researchers.

The Asia edition of the QS World University Rankings listed more than 400 universities. UK-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) published its yearly ranking of universities in the Asia region. In the categories of International Faculty (percentage of faculty from outside the country) and International Students (ratio of international to domestic students), APU received a full 100 points out of 100 possible. in 2018 APU was the only Japanese university to receive a perfect score in the International Faculty and International Students categories in the Asia rankings. According to QS, APU ranks within the top 2.5% of universities in Asia overall.
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Jawaharlal Nehru University  (JNU), New Delhi India

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is the foremost university in India, and a world-renowned centre for teaching and research. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has ranked it number one in India. The Government of India’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has ranked at number 2 among all universities in India.

The excellent teacher-student ratio at 1:10, the mode of instruction which encourages students to explore their own creativity instead of reproducing received knowledge, and of exclusively internal evaluation. JNU has sought to avoid the narrowly conceived Department structure of conventional universities, preferring instead to bring allied disciplines within entities called Schools, under which are more specialized units, called Centres.

Many members of faculty and research scholars have won prestigious national and international awards for their academic work. Our expertise is highly sought after by the Government and many members of our faculty have served the Government of India. The University brings out four research journals which have high academic visibility in India and abroad.

Jawaharlal Nehru University has collaborated with universities across the world in research projects, conferences, and publications. It has many active MoUs with international and national universities and exchanges faculty and students with them regularly.

JNU is involved in research in Indo-Pacific studies, specifically the Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies. The Centre offers courses in all the three programmes of study offered by the School of International Studies at the MA, M.Phil and Ph.D levels. Several courses are offered across two MA level programmes at the school – MA (PIS) and MA (IRAS).

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Sapienza University of Rome (Sapienza), Rome Italy

Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world and the second largest University in Europe, greatly able to manage its outstanding numbers: 112.000 and more enrolled students, around 8.000 out of them coming from foreign countries and 1.500 incoming and 1.700 outgoing exchange students each year, 11 faculties covering almost all scientific and social areas coordinating a total number of 60 departments, more than 4.700 professors and researchers and 4.300 administrative and technical staff. Sapienza offers a vast array of courses: around 270 degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level, 80 PhD courses, more than 200 one to two year long lasting professional courses and around 70 Specialization Schools, 35 Bachelor and Master degree programmes entirely taught in English (including a full 6-year long lasting degree in Medicine and Surgery), plus many English-taught single courses in various disciplines.

Sapienza is also one of the few Italian public Universities always ranked in major international rankings, active member of several international networks such as COURSERA, UNICA, UNIMED, the SANTANDER GROUP and many others and therefore it plays a fundamental role in the academic international scenario.

Committed to the importance of the internationalization of education and training, to the expertise and know-how sharing, to the collaboration in institutional and capacity building, Sapienza University is engaged, since a long time, in an extensive range of international cooperation projects and actions with almost every geographical area of the world: from Asia to the Balkans, from Australia to the Middle East, from America to the ACP countries. This long lasting experience has brought Sapienza to an extensive knowledge of the international cooperation that made Sapienza University able to develop a wide and now tested range of management and operational skills in the field.

Scientific research activity at Sapienza covers an extremely broad spectrum of disciplines, reaching levels of excellence in many areas, including archaeology, physics and astrophysics, humanities and cultural heritage, the environment, nanotechnologies, cell and gene therapy, design, aerospace, social and economic sciences. Nobel Prize winners and internationally renowned scientists have taught and/or studied at Sapienza.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels Belgium

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) founded in 1970, provides education for over 16,000 students in 8 faculties. Relevant with its unique location in the capital of Europe, it is part of VUB's mission to become an international university. Therefore, in addition to the regular programs for Dutch-speaking students, VUB also provides English programs for its nearly 21,5% foreign students.

The VUB has been participating in the Erasmus program since the start of the program in 1988. The university and its International Relations office have obtained extensive experience in managing and participating in large international cooperation projects, e.g. Life Long Learning program (Comenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig Leonardo da Vinci, Jean Monnet) and Erasmus Mundus Action 1 and 2. VUB want to focus on research that is both excellent and has a broad societal relevance. There are many societal challenges faced by Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world. Universities can play a significant role in searching for solutions, helping make policy decisions. Much of this research requires an interdisciplinary approach. The great challenge here is not only bringing experts from different disciplines together, but also understanding one another’s language.

Our presence in Brussels city gives us a unique opportunity to use Brussels as a living lab for challenges that have an urban context. Furthermore, much research requires a technological approach. We will therefore attempt to make an inventory of existing infrastructure, and where possible group this infrastructure into core facilities available to a large group of researchers. In this way, we will optimise the use of this infrastructure. In the coming years, the VUB aims to work on building an optimal and future-proof research environment within a broader open research data and open science policy, with attention to pioneering research, core facilities, and research management support. The goals of this research policy are focused on guaranteeing a healthy research culture and a human resources policy that recognises the value of personnel.

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The University Court of the University of St Andrews (USTAN), St Andrews UK

Founded in the 15th century, University of St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. In the 1980s, St Andrews embarked on a broad programme of investment to boost its research capabilities, a strategy which has helped establish its reputation today as an international centre of research excellence. In 2009, St Andrews became the first Scottish ancient to appoint a woman as Principal, recruiting Professor Louise Richardson from the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard.

The University of St Andrews secured a Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) based on the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience. The TEF panel judged that St Andrews, "delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK." The University was rated first in Scotland and third in the UK by both the Guardian University Guide 2019 and the Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019. The University has one of the best first-year retention rates in Scotland for 2015-2016 entrants: around 97% of our students continue in their studies at St Andrews; less than 1% transfer to other universities, and less than 3% drop out of higher education altogether.

For the first semester of 2018-2019, we had 8,984 students: 7,221 undergraduates and 1,763 postgraduates. St Andrews is proudly international university with staff and students from 137 countries. Students have the chance to participate in exciting exchanges or study abroad opportunities in Europe, North America, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Uruguay and Australia. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked the University of St Andrews top in Scotland and 14th in the UK for the quality of research publications across Science, the Arts, Divinity and Medicine. 100% of our research is internationally recognised, while 80% is world-leading or internationally excellent.

The School of International Relations University of St Andrews is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is globally recognised for the exceptional quality of its research and teaching. With expertise in area studies – including Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Central, South and East Asia – foreign policy, international organisations and regimes, peace and conflict studies, political theory, and terrorism and political violence, the School offers a friendly, intellectually stimulating and vibrant environment in which students can assess developments in the international system.

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