National Inter-University Cooperation

Four-University Confederation Charter

On March 15, 2001, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT), and Hitotsubashi University formed a four-university confederation. The guiding principle of the confederation is to establish a research and educational system that meets the challenges of a truly globalized society in the 21st century.

The four-university confederation aims at having the member universities collaborate with each other according to the content of research and educational programs while each member maintains its independence, thereby developing a new type of human resources, a goal that higher education has previously been unable to achieve. It also aims at promoting interdisciplinary and composite-area research and education.

On February 20, 2002, based on the Four-University Confederation Charter, TUFS entered into an agreement with TIT concerning the exchange of undergraduate students taking composite-area courses and graduate students.

Currently, the international technical writing course is offered at both universities. Classes for the medical policy and medical management course (master of medical administration), newly established in the TMDU Graduate School in April 2004, are managed through cooperation among teachers in charge of this course at the graduate schools of the four universities.

National Foreign Studies University Confederation Charter

In June of 2014, TUFS concluded the Foreign Studies University Confederation Charter with the other Foreign Studies Universities across Japan which consists of Kansai Gaidai University, Kanda University of International Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. This charter aims to develop human resources worthy of the global society of the 21st century through the realization of basic principles and the development of each university. We aim to promote cooperation in accordance with the contents of education and research all whilst each participating university keeps their independence.
From hereon, the 7 universities that have the Japanese title of “Gaigo Daigaku” have united and will cooperate to nurture human resources capable of contributing to the world as a member of an international society.

Exchange of Credits among Five Universities in Tama District

This system of exchanging credits is designed to promote mutual exchange among five national universities (TUFS, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, the University of Electro-Communications, and Hitotsubashi University) in the Tama district and improve their respective curriculums.

Credits earned from subjects studied at one of the universities other than TUFS under this system are recognized as equivalent to those granted by TUFS.

Educational and Research Exchange

TUFS has concluded an educational and research exchange agreement with the following universities:

Institution Date
International University of Health and Welfare February 22, 2016
The Japan Foundation February 12, 2016
Seisen University December 14, 2015
National Institutes for the Humanities November 25, 2015
Nagaoka University of Technology March 20, 2015
Nippon Sport Science University February 18, 2015
University of Electro-Communications October 15, 2014
Kanda University of International Studies June 2, 2014
Institute of Developing Economics April 1, 2014
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies March 13, 2014
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology March 3, 2014
Tsuda College September 21, 2012
International Christian University April 1, 2009
Kobe City University of Foreign Studies January 23, 2009
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music March 15, 2006
Ochanomizu University February 4, 2005
Tokyo Women’s Christian University March 30, 2004
International Christian University December 24, 2003
Tokyo Metropolitan University August 29, 2001
Chuo University March 22, 2001

Exchange of Sociology Credits for Master's Program

In realizing high-level research and education suitable for graduate schools today as the sciences become increasingly sophisticated and research advances in each field of study, improvement efforts at each university and alliances among a number of universities are expected to produce great positive effects. Among the social sciences, sociology is a branch of learning for which universities offer only a relatively small number of classes. Providing graduate students with ample opportunities to study sociology, particularly by introducing a system that enables the exchange of credits among a number of universities, is considered a useful and necessary reform.

Based on a spirit of equality and reciprocity, 23 universities with a graduate school or courses of special study have agreed to establish a system for mutually exchanging sociology and related credits for special auditors with the aim of promoting mutual exchange and further educational development.

Courses Established in Cooperation with Other Organizations

The Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies concluded an agreement with the Bank of Japan’s Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies in 2000, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2001, and the Japan External Trade Organization’s Institute of Developing Economies in 2003.

In 2006, the Graduate School created courses on Development Aid in the 21st Century and Theories of International Cooperation and Trends and Sites of International Cooperation with the cooperation of JICA; courses on Rural Economies in Southern Asia and Development, Contemporary Chinese Politics and Society, and Research Methods, Cleavage Structures, and Political Systems with the cooperation of JETRO’s Institute of Developing Economies; and courses on the Postwar Japanese Economy Revisited and Thinking about Modern Capitalism with the cooperation of BoJ’s Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies.

Tama Academic Consortium (TAC)

The Tama Academic Consortium (TAC) is a university cooperation organization formed by the the following 6 universities; International Christian University (ICU), Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo Keizai University, Tsuda College, Musashino Art University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

This organization consisting of 6 universities from the Tama district, aims to contribute to the regional society by increasing education and research activity through networking and the mutual cooperation making the most of each university`s specialized fields.

Between the universities that are affiliated with TAC, the exchange of credits, the mutual use of libraries and the exchange of both students teaching staff are being conducted. TUFS became affiliated with TAC as the first national university in November 2013.

EUIJ (EU Institute of Japan) Consortium

The EUIJ is an academic centre of studies and research on the European Union in Japan. It is sponsored by the European Commission and managed by a consortium of four Tokyo universities, comprising of Hitotsubashi University, International Christian University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Tsuda College since 2004. Its main purpose is to establish EU-related study and research opportunities, to provide information about the EU, and to enhance the general awareness of the EU and its policies in Japan. To reach these goals, the EUIJ offers EU-related courses and lectures leading to a "Certificate in EU Studies" for students, and seminars, workshops and symposiums as well as information resources on the EU for scholars and a broader public. The EUIJ provides scholarships for research opportunities in Europe and invites scholars from Europe.

Social and International Contributions

University of Foreign Studies has concluded the following comprehensive agreements which revolve around social and international contributions.

Institution Date
Action for a Better International Community October 17, 2014