Honorary Doctorate for Dr. Yuko Harayama (CSTI, Cabinet Office)

Honorary Doctorate for Dr. Yuko Harayama (CSTI, Cabinet Office)


Dr. Yuko Harayama with Dean and Rector of the University of Neuchatel

The University of Neuchâtel awarded at its “Dies Academicus” (University Day) an honorary doctorate to Dr. Yuko Harayama of the Cabinet Office’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI).

Dr. Harayama received a bachelor degree in mathematics in 1973; in 1996 she was awarded a Ph.D. in Education and one year later a Ph.D. in Economics, both from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. After performing post-doctoral research at Stanford University, she returned to the University of Geneva where she was appointed Assistant Professor from 1998 to 2001.


In 2002 she returned to Japan where she was teaching until 2013 as a Professor at the Management of Science and Technology Department of Tohoku University in Sendai. During the presidency of PM Koizumi she was an Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP), Cabinet Office (2006-07).

From 2010 to 2012 she acted as the Deputy-Director at the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD in France. From 2013 she returned to Japan to again become Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), Cabinet Office in Japan.


President of the Confederation, Mr. Didier Burkhalter

Prof. Harayama was awarded a “doctor honoris causa” from the University of Neuchâtel for her contributions to education policy and her interdisciplinary analyses of various education systems.


Dr. Mauro Dell’Ambrogio Secretary of State for Education, Research and Innovation

Other awardees were linguist Margarethe Billerbeck, health policy professor Thomas Zeltner, as well as president of the confederation, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter.

The topic of the university day was “vivre ensemble” (living together). Both the Secretary of State, Dr. Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, as well as President Burkhalter gave speeches that were well received by the 400 people in the audience.

The Science & Technology Office Tokyo would like to congratulate Dr. Harayama and thank her for all her contributions related to education and to bring Switzerland and Japan closer.

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