On August 18, 2014, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, was part of the university-level MOU signed between Kyoto University and the Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The signing ceremony was held in Kyoto University, with President Matsumoto representing Kyoto University. Dato President Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi headed the UBD delegation. CSEAS is the main sponsor of this university-level MOU, with Director Kono Yasuyuki present at the ceremony. The two other sponsors of the MOU are the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies and the Institute of Advanced Energy.