Murdoch strengthens Japanese ties

August 30, 2017

New partnership: Staff and student mobility will result from the MOU signed by officials from Murdoch and TCU

New partnership: Staff and student mobility will result from the MOU signed by officials from Murdoch and TCU

Murdoch University has forged close links with a Japanese university, heralding a new era in its relations with Asian institutions.

The new partnership with Tokyo City University (TCU) will result in staff and student mobility between the two institutions and possibilities for enriching research collaboration.

TCU, a private university located close to the centre of Tokyo, specialises in engineering and also offers degrees in liberal arts, sociology and media studies.

Murdoch’s research capabilities are aligned to TCU’s, particularly in sustainable development. The partnership will draw from Murdoch’s well-established suite of engineering courses and research expertise to showcase how sustainable engineering principles can be translated into best-practice urban services and structures.

Murdoch’s School of Arts’ suite of humanities, social science and culture courses, will also be involved in the partnership.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities will see TCU send up to 150 students per semester to study liberal arts and engineering at Murdoch, as part of the  Tokyo City University Australia Program (TAP).

The study program will see TCU students learn about subjects including Indigenous history, culture and storytelling, sustainable development, English language, communication and media. It is expected the Murdoch TAP program will begin in 2019, with a pilot program likely to start next year.

“We are delighted to solidify our relationship with TCU with this partnership,” Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Lyn Karstadt said.

“Murdoch University offers a high quality teaching experience and we are pleased to share this excellence with TCU students. We also look forward to sending our students to Tokyo to help them broaden their horizons.”

Since 1992, Murdoch has sent 496 students to Japan to experience in-country learning in Japanese language and Asian studies. These students have secured more than $4.7 million in scholarships.

Murdoch’s School of Arts has 10 partnership agreements with Japanese institutions.

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ANDREW TAGGART September 5, 2017

Well done to the School of Arts on driving this initiative. Closer links with Japan will grow our international brand and recruitment and research activities.

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