About us

MIRAI is a collaboration between 17 Swedish and Japanese universities, aiming to contribute to long-term research collaboration and to promote Sweden and Japan as nations of world-leading large-scale research infrastructure.

Mirai means future in Japanese.

The third phase of MIRAI (2024-2026) embarks on a bold mission to focus on global challenges, to be tackled collaboratively. By this, MIRAI aspires to contribute not only to the Sweden-Japan collaborations but also to global issues that should be discussed and handled across nations on the international scale. 

The following advanced goals have been set for the third phase of MIRAI: 

  • Contribute to solving global challenges by setting up groups where researchers from MIRAI universities work together across and beyond institutions, countries, disciplines and sectors. 
  • Create an environment to promote long-term research collaborations. 
  • Facilitate PhD student and researcher mobility. 
  • Promote innovation and entrepreneurship in education and research and facilitate joint efforts between academia, industry and external partners. 

Our mission

The MIRAI project aims to contribute to long-term collaborations and research excellence between Sweden and Japan through: 

  • Activities in research, education and innovation
  • Preparing the next generation of researchers

The main objectives of the project are:

  • To contribute to long-term research collaborations promoting excellent science between Sweden and Japan through activities such as externally funded joint research proposals and jointly authored papers.
  • To promote mobility of researchers at an early stage of their career for them to gain knowledge, contacts, and networks to become future leaders of joint Swedish and Japanese research and education activities.
  • A deepened understanding of innovation systems and entrepreneurship in Japan and Sweden and promote innovation and entrepreneurship in education and research.
  • Strengthened collaboration between Swedish and Japanese universities.
  • To continue a dialogue between Swedish and Japanese funding agencies and companies for future joint funding opportunities.
  • To increase the understanding of each other’s culture and societal conditions as the basis for future cooperation activities.
  • To promote Sweden and Japan as a destination for research and higher education activities and as nations of world-leading large-scale research infrastructure.
  • To observe and utilize best practice in innovative and translational research involving academia, public authorities, and industry.