• Name:German-Japanese University Alliance
    HeKKSaGOn:Heidelberg, Kyoto, Karlsruhe, Tohoku (in Sendai), Göttingen, Osaka – network
  • Established in:2010
  • Member Institutions: 6 Universities from Japan and Germany
    (Germany) Heidelberg University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), University of Göttingen
    (Japan) Tohoku University, Kyoto University, Osaka University
  • Website:https://www.hekksagon.net

The Japanese-German University Consortium HeKKSaGOn founded in 2010 is a bilateral university network composed of three Japanese and three German major universities with the aim to promote exchange between Japan and Germany through activities such as research staff/student exchange, joint research, workshops and summer schools.

Priority Areas

At the Presidents’ Conference in Göttingen in September 2023, the following three areas related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations were identified as priority areas  and will be given special focus:
1.Transcultural Studies and the Transformation of Societies
2.Data Science, Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence
3.Life Science, Medicine and Changing Environments


HeKKSaGOn Presidential Conferences, Research Collaboration through Working Groups and Seasonal Schools for students and early-career researchers. Tohoku University hosted the 8th HeKKSaGOn Presidential Conference on September 9-10, 2021.

HeKKSaGOn Presidential Conferences

Period Host
8th 2021.9.9-10 Tohoku University Details Post-Conference Brochure
7th 2019.9.12-13 Heidelberg University Details Post-Conference Brochure
6th 2018.4.12-13 Osaka University Details
5th 2016.9.29-30 KIT Details
4th 2015.4.16-17 Tohoku University Details
3rd 2013.9.12-13 University of Göttingen
2nd 2012.3.29-30 Kyoto University
1st 2010.7.29-30 Heidelberg University
Experience story by a participant

I recently had the pleasure of attending a symposium on AI technology held in parallel with the HeKKSaGOn’s 9th Presidents’ Conference. I presented progress I have made in my current research related to Automated Short Answer Scoring. I noticed that participants from various fields of science such as mathematics, robotics, as well as data science, offered many perspectives on the topic of AI technology. The debate and discussions encouraged me to adopt a more open-minded approach towards my own research. Thanks to this event, I am more inspired to pursue joint research with other international researchers in the future.
(Hiroaki Funayama, Graduate School of Information Sciences)


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