Edinburgh has become the first European university to forge a partnership with Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology.
The University signed two partnerships with the National Museum of Ethnology, known as Minpaku, agreeing to collaborate over the next five years and specifically to work together on Indian and South Asian studies.
The University and Minpaku will collaborate on both research and internationalisation activities in South Asia.
The two institutions will host a conference, The City in South Asia, in July 2010 in Osaka, whilst future workshops related specifically to South Asia are being planned for 2011 and 2012, to be held in Edinburgh and India.
Edinburgh and Minpaku will also explore possibilities for collaboration across a variety of other subject areas, including:
There are plans for joint publications and staff exchanges in various disciplines.
Efforts are also underway to raise funding in Japan that will enable postgraduates and post-doctoral researchers from the National Museum of Ethnology and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai) to spend time attached to various Schools within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for the purpose of research training.
This is a collaborative partnership which has commenced with an agreement to help internationalise South Asian studies in Japan and which we anticipate will move forward to produce many more concrete results to the benefit of both our institutions.
Director-General of Minpaku
Minpaku, situated in Osaka, is not only a museum and library, but a large research institution with academic staff working on all parts of the globe.
The museum’s Contemporary India Area Studies Programme is supported by the National Institute for the Humanities in Japan.
This article was published on Jun 26, 2010