The EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (the EUIJ-Kansai), a consortium formed by Kobe University (the co-ordinating university), Kwansei Gakuin University and Osaka University, was established on April 1, 2005 with financial support from the European Commission. After successful activities during the first and second terms, the EUIJ-Kansai went into its third term of operations on April 1, 2013. The EUIJ-Kansai is now engaged in strengthening and developing its operations further in order to raise the visibility of the EU among the general public, industry, government, academia, and mass media.
The aims of the EUIJ-Kansai are as follows:
- To become an EU educational and academic centre
Offering extensive EU-related courses through credit-transfer among the member universities, the EUIJ-Kansai awards Certificates to students who have successfully completed the stipulated EU courses. It also encourages academic exchanges with European universities and institutes, offering scholarships for students, inviting professors from the EU member states, conducting joint research, and organising EU-related seminars and international conferences.
- To become a source of EU information
In close collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, the EUIJ-Kansai collects useful information, for wide distribution to not only universities, but also the general public, and junior-high and high school students.
- To promote EU outreach activities
Open public seminars and business seminars on general subjects relating to EU issues, such as the dynamics of EU integration and its legal, economic, social and cultural aspects, are conducted by the members of the EUIJ-Kansai.
On the basis of the above goals, the EUIJ-Kansai invited President Jose Manuel Barroso of the European Commission in April 2006 and President Herman Van Rompuy of the European Council in April 2010. Both of them gave speeches on the EU-Japan relations.