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    U.S.-Japan RoadMap

    Strategic partnerships provide a new and robust matrix for U.S. and Japanese students to study in each other’s country. Our goal is to make partnerships easy to build and navigate … READ MORE »
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    Why Partnerships, Why Now

    The 21st century is a time of increasing globalization and a dense intertwining of nations of the Pacific Rim. It is a time in which exchanges between colleges and universities in Japan and the United States can serve new and expanded purposes … READ MORE »
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    Partnership Basics

    This section of the RoadMap provides step-by-step advice for creating effective, meaningful, and appropriate international partnerships, as well as sustaining such linkages over time… READ MORE »
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    Challenges

    One of the greatest benefits of partnerships is that they establish a forum for identifying and then overcoming the challenges that inevitably arise when working across international borders … READ MORE »
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    Innovations

    The approaches presented in this section testify to the power of strategic partnerships to provide mutual benefit, draw in new participants, and generate new activities over time … READ MORE »
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Facilitating Educational Partnerships
"Over the past 70 years, the United States and Japan have built one of the world's great alliances. For generations, student exchange has been at the heart of our strong people-to-people ties ..."
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The TeamUp RoadMap

A guide to greater U.S.-Japanese student mobility through strategic academic partnerships

The RoadMap is for anyone interested in what is emerging as a new, dynamic era in partnerships between institutions of higher education in the United States and Japan. It has a specific focus on student mobility, building on the good work already being done to:

  • enable more and new kinds of students to travel back and forth
  • enhance the experience of students already studying in the other country
  • embed such student mobility in bi-national, mutually beneficial, strategic partnerships

The RoadMap serves those already engaged in such collaborations and those just starting out. It guides faculty and administrators through the process of partnership initiation and enhancement by pulling together cutting-edge research, best practices, lessons learned, and exemplary case studies, organized around critical topics. Here you’ll find text, charts, links to resources, worksheets, and sample materials. The RoadMap is organized in sections, which can be approached in any order, depending on your experience and interests.

If your institution is new to U.S.-Japanese Partnerships: The RoadMap sets you on your way with guidance for:

  • developing an institutional partnership plan
  • understanding the specifics of U.S.-Japanese academic collaboration
  • identifying potential partners
  • engaging in the conversations that lead to productive collaborations
  • formulating agreements that work
  • sustaining a partnership over the long run

If your institution is already engaged but ready to move to the next level: The RoadMap steers you through:

  • the challenges and opportunities of strategic partnership development
  • the road bumps that can make such partnerships difficult, suggesting multiple ways to get past them
  • the many exciting new ideas and partnership models that U.S. and Japanese institutions are now setting in motion

TeamUp News

New Grant Opportunities for U.S. Institutions

Partnership Potential Grants:  TeamUp will offer five grants of $7,000 each to U.S. institutions that represent underserved student populations. Like the Partnership and Recruiting Delegation of Year Two, this will include HBCUs, community colleges, women’s colleges and/or consortia that are interested in establishing partnerships with Japanese colleges and universities. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate high-level institutional support for their ...READ MORE »
"Over the past 70 years, the United States and Japan have built one of the world's great alliances. For generations, student exchange has been at the heart of our strong people-to-people ties ..."
View the entire special message from Ambassador Caroline Kennedy »