Member Universities

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta’s vision, since its inception more than 100 years ago, has been to be one of the world’s great universities for the public good. This is a university dedicated to the promise made by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that “… knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal.” This vision endures as the university strives to improve the lives of people in Alberta, across Canada, and around the world.

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Meiji University

Meiji University was founded in January 1881 as the Meiji Law School by a group of young lawyers barely in their 30’s: Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi, and Misao Yashiro. It was an era characterized by Japan’s urgent need to develop as a modern independent nation. The three founded the Meiji Law School in their fervent hope to “foster bright capable youths who would lead a modern civil society in Japan”. With Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-government as its guiding principles, Meiji University is committed to fostering students who satisfy the requirements of “austerity and sturdiness”, “creation of new intellect” and “needs of the times”.

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University of British Columbia

As one of the world’s leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

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Josai International University

JIU prides itself on its youthful ambition and energy, on its commitment to forming the characters of young people with dreams and noble visions of working for the benefit of both local and international communities. The university is guided by the spiritual legacy of its founder, a mission of “character building through learning”, in helping students to make themselves responsible individuals and members of society at large.

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University of Regina


Sophia University

Sophia University is a Jesuit university based on the teachings of Christianity and the Catholic spirit. The university conducts research and educational activities in accord with this spirit and places importance on caring for and thinking about the needs of others in a humanistic way, along with discovering oneself from interacting with various viewpoints.

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York University

York University is part of Toronto: we are dynamic, metropolitan and multi-cultural. York University is part of Canada: we encourage bilingual study, we value tolerance and diversity. York University is open to the world: we explore global concerns. A community of faculty, students and staff committed to academic freedom, social justice, accessible education, and collegial self-governance, York University makes innovation its tradition.

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J.F. Oberlin University

J. F. Oberlin’s Mission is to provide an education based on Christian principles, educating our students to help them make contributions to God’s work and practical contributions to individuals and society alike. We aim to help our students develop more positive attitudes, high hopes for the future, and a sympathetic and understanding attitude towards those who are trouble or in need. Our students should respect and appreciate their own culture and values and strive to respect and appreciate other cultures as well.

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Queen’s University

The University was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841 – twenty-six years before Canadian confederation. Classes were first held in 1842. The earliest degree-granting institution in the united Province of Canada, and the first to establish a student government, Queen’s has reflected and helped shape Canadian values and policies, educating many of the country’s most notable political and cultural figures.

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Tsuda University

As a women’s college, we recognize the need to improve the social status of women and to realize a society that is co-created through the active participation of both men and women in order to ensure a relationship built on mutual respect. To this end, we encourage our students to play an active role in society and make their own unique contributions.

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Université de Montréal

Founded in 1878, the Université de Montréal, with its two affiliated schools, the École Polytechnique and the HEC Montréal, is now the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in Canada. With over 60,000 students from around the world, the Université de Montréal awards more than 11,000 diplomas every year. Deeply rooted in Montreal and dedicated to its international mission, the Université de Montréal is one of the top universities in the French-speaking world.

Kwansei Gakuin University

Kwansei Gakuin, as a learning community based on the principles of Christianity, inspires its members to seek their life missions, and cultivates them to be creative and capable world citizens who embody its motto, “Mastery for Service”, by transforming society with compassion and integrity.

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Concordia University

Concordia University is welcoming, engaged, and committed to innovation and excellence in education, research, creative activity and community partnerships. It dares to be different and draws on its diversity to transform the individual, strengthen society and enrich the world.

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Hosei University

The university’s mission is still to cultivate individuals who have the spirit to actively work towards the advancement of society, or “independent and autonomous personnel”. In order that each and every student can build a career form that suits them, we provide full and thorough backing for the process which as a result provides the students with self-sustaining leadership skills and allows the university to produce personnel who will contribute to the advancement of society.

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Université Laval

In 1663, with the authorization of the King of France, Louis XIV, Monseigneur François de Laval, the first bishop of New France, founded in Québec City the colony’s first educational institution, the Séminaire de Québec. Nearly 200 years later, in 1852, a Royal Charter creating Université Laval was granted to the Séminaire de Québec by Queen Victoria. Université Laval hence became the wellspring of French-language higher education in North America, offering academic programs in four faculties – Arts, Law, Medicine, and Theology.

Ritsumeikan University

Ritsumeikan, as a Japanese institution located in the Asia Pacific region, is committed to sincerely reflecting upon history and to building an institution where many cultures coexist in the spirit of international mutual understanding. Ritsumeikan, as an institute of education and research, pledges to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development in Japan and throughout the world.


University of Prince Edward Island

The University of Prince Edward Island, founded on the tradition of liberal education, exists to encourage and assist people to acquire the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary for critical and creative thinking, and thus prepare them to contribute to their own betterment and that of society through the development of their full potential.

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Seinan Gakuin University


Seinan Gakuin University is a humanities-focused university with a long history of international exchange and cooperation. The internation exchange program, now managed in the Center for International Education, is one of the oldest such programs in Japan. The location of the University, in Kyushu’s largest city, known as the “gateway to Asia ” offers students an exciting environment in which to learn and grow.

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University of Waterloo & Renison

Nagoya University

Waterloo embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

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In the spirit of the Anglican tradition, Renison University College, an affiliate of the University of Waterloo, is committed to providing a strong grounding in the Humanities and Social Sciences, thereby instilling in its students a life-long love of learning, pursuit of truth, and dedication to community service.

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Nagoya University maintains a free and vibrant academic culture with the mission of contributing to the well-being and happiness of humankind through research and education in all aspects of human beings, society, and nature. In particular, it aspires to foster the harmonious development of human nature and science, and to conduct highly advanced research and education that overlook the broad sweep of humanities, social and natural sciences.
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Hokkaido University

The university started out in 1876 as the Sapporo Agricultural College, the first modern academic institute in Japan. We have passed through a long period of history, including our time as an Imperial College, as well as during the creation of the new university system. Over this period, we have declared and cultivated our basic philosophies of education and research, namely “Frontier Spirit”, “Global Perspectives”, “All-round Education” and “Practical Learning.”

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The Japan-Canada Academic Consortiums aims to promote the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and teachers, and to encourage a movement of ideas and knowledge between the two countries.