Oxford’s links with East Asia, in particular with China, Japan and Korea, are among its most important, and rank among the most extensive of any university in the West.
Major projects with Chinese partners include the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB), a long-term, large-scale study into the causes of chronic diseases; the Oxford-Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research at the Suzhou Industrial Park, Oxford's first overseas physical and engineering sciences research centre; and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) Oxford Institute, which hosts collaborative medical research projects by scientists from Oxford and China.
Notable links with Japan include the funding of Oxford's Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies by the car manufacturer Nissan; Oxford's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, supported by the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education; and an annual event at the Blavatnik School of Government to host the recipients of the Inamori Foundation's Kyoto Prize, which honours individuals who have “contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind”.
The University has had collaborations with various Korean universities and research institutes in the past. Currently, Oxford and several Korean institutions are members of the large, multinational ZikaPLAN and RadioNet projects, which respectively address preparedness for Zika virus outbreaks in the Americas, and the coordination of major radio astronomy infrastructures belonging to institutions across Europe and elsewhere.