International Christian University

Tokyo, Japan

  • Herman Salton
  • Wilhelm Vosse

The core aim of ICU is twofold. First, to provide global higher education in English and Japanese to students from more than 50 countries. The university has over 50 exchange partners, and a relatively large percentage of students have an interest in global affairs, including European studies. About a third of exchange students study in Europe. Secondly, the university is host to six research institutes; the most relevant for this application is the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). ICU is a leading Japanese university and ranked 11 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Japan University Ranking 2019. In terms of research, ICU is among the universities with the highest success rate in securing research funding from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). ICU is perhaps the most international university in Japan. About 25% of the academics are from abroad, and a large percentage of research is conducted with international partners. ICU has all the resources to support a Jean Monnet Network, including research institutes, conference facilities, and extensive experience of conducting international conferences, workshops, and training programs. Until March 2020, ICU was a member of the EU Institute in Japan consortium, and the university has a keen interest in reviving its research focus on the European Union

Leiden University

Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Joe Koops
  • Tatiana Tropina

Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching Institute, consisting of 85 scientific and teaching staff members across six research groups. The two largest are research groups are the ‘diplomacy and global affairs’ and the “cyber security governance” ones, making ISGA an ideal partner for the CYDIPLO project. The Institute runs one large undergraduate programme (BA in Security Studies) three MA programmes (MA in Crisis and Security Management, the MA in Cybersecurity and the MA in International Relations and Diplomacy) as well as a wide range of executive training programmes, 2 MOOCs, 2 SPOCs and blended learning initiatives. ISGA is also home to the ‘Hague Programme for Cybernorms”, funded by the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs, hosting 2 professors, one post-doc, three PhD students and an active visiting fellowship programme on the issue of how to implement cybernorms regionally and globally ( ). ISGA is located in the city of The Hague, within Leiden University’s Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, allowing the Institute to closely interact with core policy-making hubs.

Tallinn University of Technology

Tallinn, Estonia

  • Agnes Kasper
  • Olaf Maennel
  • Anna-Maria Osula

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is one of the largest and at the same time the only technological university in Estonia. This is the place where synergy between different fields (technological, natural, exact, social and health sciences) is established. The Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, part of the Department of Software Science, which is the TTU lead for this project, is an interdisciplinary research centre focusing on different areas related to disruptive technologies and cyber security. The team consists of more than 30 academics (from Ph.D. student to professors) from 9 different countries. The Centre has been partnering for years with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU, and other international entities to support Estonia’s cyber diplomacy efforts with research and expertise (e.g. United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security work, helping to organise the 1st Estonian Cyber Diplomacy Summer School, frequent participation in cyber norms discussions and related publications, participating in track 1.5 diplomacy activities). Equally, Centre’s researchers have years of experience in working with the Estonian Government in order to provide research on and analysis of different aspects related to e-governance, cyber security capabilities and governmental IT systems.

University of Bologna

Bologna, Italy

  • Michelle Chiaruzzi
  • Sonia Lucarelli
  • Francesco Moro

The University of Bologna was founded in 1088. It is one of the most renowned and prestigious universities across Europe. It is the most populated university community in Italy, with 86.000 enrolled students, 2800 teaching professors (full, associate and assistant) and 3000 technical-administrative staff. UNIBO is a comprehensive higher education institution with 32 departments and 219 Degree Programmes: 92 first cycle programmes (BA), 114 second cycle programmes (MA) and 13 single cycle programmes. UNIBO also offers 45 PhD programmes, 52 specialisation schools, 74 professional courses, 16 of which are international. Strongly rooted in its territory, UNIBO is the most internationalised of all Italian universities. University of Bologna’s Department of Political and Social Sciences (DSPS) is a key reference point in the field of the political and social studies. It gathers the legacy and the tradition of several historic Alma Mater institutes, such as the former Political Science and Politics, Institutions and History Departments, the former Faculty of Political Science “R. Ruffilli”. DSPS, hence, embraces the University of Bologna’s heritage in political and social science research and teaching and unites scholars active in these fields.

Université libre de Bruxelles

Brussels, Belgium

  • Joe Burton
  • Jean-Michel Dricot
  • Olivier Markowitch
  • Christian Olsson
  • Frederik Ponjaert

Established in 1834, the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) has 12 faculties that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research. As a multicultural university with one third of students and researchers from abroad, international relations is a daily reality for the Universit libre de Bruxelles, just like the city of Brussels itself, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Its outward-looking position with regard to Europe and the world has resulted in a number of agreements, collaborations and special partnerships being set up with some of the world’s top universities. CYDIPLO will see part of its research embedded into the REPI (recherches et études en politiques internationales). REPI is a research centre dedicated to international politics and international relations at the Universite libre de Bruxelles. It is linked to the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences. REPI fosters fundamental research in the field of international relations and security studies and aims at providing a high-quality framework for research in this field.  CYDIPLO will equally involve two other bidies. The ULB Cybsersecurity Research Center, founded in 2017.  The center is a federation of 4 well-established research groups in the domains of cryptography, network security, quantum cryptography, and quantum transmission.  CYDIPLO will also involve the ULB’s Institut d’études Européennes (IEE). The IEE has since its establishment in 1964 fostered a reputation of excellence in research and teaching, as well as contributed consistently to the EU’s public debates.

University of Waikato

Hamilton, New Zealand

  • Joe Burton
  • Michael Dizon
  • Vimal Kumar
  • Andelka Phillips

Two units at University of Waikato will lead on the project: The New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science (NZISCS) was established at the University of Waikato in 2017. The University is the primary research partner for the New Zealand Police. Our research aims to reduce crime and increase security through multi-disciplinary, evidence-based research. The NZISCS also leads the Master of Security and Crime Science graduate programme, which is the first programme of its kind in New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. The Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato (CROW) aim to return the control of data to you, the data owner, by focusing on research addressing data security from a user-centric perspective. In 2013, CROW became the first cyber security lab established in a New Zealand educational institution as part of the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Waikato. In the same year we launched New Zealand’s first Master of Cyber Security degree. We also host the annual New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge while the STRATUS research group holds an annual forum in Wellington. The STRATUS Forum aims to engage and familiarise New Zealand industry partners and end-users with the services and products being developed by STRATUS, a six-year, $12.2 million cyber security project, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE). Our alumni have gone on to work for key organisations involved in cyber security, including INTERPOL, the Cloud Security Alliance and the Gallagher Group and we look forward to providing many more students ready to play a leading role in this important and growing industry.

University of Warwick

Coventry, United Kingdom

  • Richard Aldrich
  • Oz Hassan
  • George Christou

Founded in the mid-1960s the University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation and for links with business and industry. In the last government Research Assessment Exercise in 2014, Warwick was rated 5th in the UK for research excellence; and in the media league tables, it has consistently maintained its position in the top ten (ranked 9th in the UK in 2019). The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) was ranked 1st of 83 UK Politics departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. This influential national league table reflects latest data, including student satisfaction (NSS) research excellence, and graduate prospects.  PAIS is made up of four distinct research clusters. Each cluster has its own particular research culture and strategy, reflected in the wide range of subject pathways that students can choose from at both undergraduate and Masters level: Comparative Politics and Democratisation, Political Theory, International Political Economy, International Relations and Security. We also host several active research centres (Centre for the Study of Democratisation, Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group) networks, and seminar series, which strengthen our teaching and research culture and provide access to our cutting-edge research activities for staff, students, and the general public. While many of our research projects, publications, workshops, and other activities fit within these centres and clusters, many of them are cross-disciplinary.