Last spring, ASU formalized an innovative, collaborative relationship with multiple U.S. and Japanese universities to help identify new academic approaches and education reforms to address Japan's unique social and economic challenges. The U.S.-Japan Digital Innovation Hub is composed of 16 institutions that examine opportunities in contemporary, technology-driven fields and evolve strategies for cooperative educational projects and research. While I could not attend the Hub's inaugural convening last March in Tokyo, I had the pleasure last month of joining the group's second gathering at the Barrett & O'Connor Center in Washington, DC.
This two-day event, co-hosted at the Embassy of Japan, sought to enhance understanding of the national and institutional science and technology priorities of our respective nations, and I moderated a conversation about top U.S.-Japan S&T strategic issues with Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Robert Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and Shuzaburo Takeda, Management Advisor of RIKEN , Japan's largest comprehensive research institution. While there is no doubt that universities, government and industry are all facing complex challenges in the digital age, there was broad agreement that there are also many important prospects in the areas of economic development, cybersecurity, data science and artificial intelligence, among many others.
While the Hub continues working to pinpoint its next steps, it is exciting to contemplate what ideas and answers it will generate. I look forward to sharing more news in the future about this and our other global engagement partnerships as they evolve.