To this end, the East Russia-Japan Expert Education Consortium (RJE3 Consortium) was formed based on the achievements and networks regarding joint field studies developed between Hokkaido University and Russian universities (among them are two UArctic members: North-Eastern Federal University and Far Eastern Federal University) in terms of the environment, natural disasters, ethnic groups, languages, culture and other areas. The membership includes a core of five universities in the Russian Far East, several graduate schools of Hokkaido University, and representatives from local governments and industries in Hokkaido and the Russian Far East.

This program was selected for the 2014 Re-Inventing Japan Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

On 19th December 2014, the first RJE3 symposium was held and 90 people attended this event.

The participants discussed ideal programs integrating humanities and sciences that provide students with expertise while developing comprehensive knowledge in the fields of environmental assessment, cultural diversity, soil and productivity, regional resource development and disaster prevention management.

In addition to this event, the RJE3 Program held “Basic Subjects” from 16th to 20th March 2015 and 55 Russian and Japanese students participated in this program.

 For more detailed information, please refer to the university website