The CIAS mission requires extensive international collaboration. In expanding its efforts, CIAS capitalizes on the international networks of its staff to establish collaborations with research institutions and individual researchers who share CIAS’s interests and objectives.
Forms of collaboration include joint projects, MOUs, international conferences, and peer-to-peer partnerships. The following is a list of current MOUs with research organizations worldwide:
|The Center for International Forestry Research||Republic of Indonesia|
|Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Laos, Lao P.D.R.||Lao People's Democratic Republic|
|Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos, Lao P.D.R.||Lao People's Democratic Republic|
|Faculty of Social Science, National University of Laos, Lao P.D.R.||Lao People's Democratic Republic|
|The Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies,Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica||Taiwan|
|The Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University||Republic of Indonesia|
|The Research Center for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University||Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal|
|Tropenbos International||Kingdom of the Netherlands|
|The Institute of Peruvian Studies||Republic of Peru|
|The Royal University of Agriculture||Kingdom of Cambodia|
|The Royal University of Fine Arts||Kingdom of Cambodia|
|The Faculty of Nursing, Kohn Kaen University||Kingdom of Thailand|
|Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan||Kingdom of Bhutan|
|The Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University||Kingdom of Thailand|
|The Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center||Republic of Indonesia|
|The University of Riau||Republic of Indonesia|
|The IUFRO Special Project on World Forests, Society and Environment||Republic of Finland|
|The Peruvian Institute of Amazon Research||Republic of Peru|
|The Department of Geography, University of Leicester||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|Perbadanan Kota Buku||Malaysia|
|The Graduate School, Silpakorn University||Kingdom of Thailand|
|School for Oriental and African Studies, London University||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
CIAS regularly organizes international meetings directly related to its programs to report research outcomes and foster academic debate. Where possible, these symposia are co-organized with national or international partners. The symposia are presented at the Inamori building, where CIAS is located, to make use of the building’s state-of-theart facilities. These events are also frequently hosted by CIAS collaborators.
Under the Division for Visiting Researchers, CIAS invites researchers from abroad to foster academic exchange and contribute to skills transfer. These visiting researchers are linked to ongoing research collaborations where possible. Visiting researchers have the opportunity to concentrate on their own work for a six-month period during their stay. Where possible, their activities are integrated with CIAS events, such as international symposia.
In addition to their travel to research sites, CIAS staff are encouraged to visit other area studies research institutions abroad to strengthen collaborative efforts.
【CIAS International Visiting Scholars Program】
One of the main objectives of CIAS is to foster exchange among scholars. To this end, CIAS has developed two exchange programs. One program invites international scholars from abroad to CIAS, and the other invites scholars from within Japan.
These two programs provide opportunities for researchers to pursue interests linked to area studies while staying at Kyoto University. The exchanges contribute to the advancement of area studies, and the presence of visiting scholars at CIAS increases awareness of CIAS and Japanese area studies in general in the national and international academic community. Visiting scholars also contribute to area studies research activities at CIAS. Invited candidates are not only scholars from the academe but also those in other positions relevant to area studies, such as NGO/NPO activists, staff of international organizations and funding organizations, and journalists/writers.