– JASSO Education Fair in Tokyo Attracts Prospective Exchange Students –
On October 26 the Science & Technology Office Tokyo participated in the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Study Abroad Fair with the Swiss Universities Booth to promote student-exchange and attract high-potential students to Swiss Universities. Representatives from 19 different countries and regions were present at this year’s JASSO Study Abroad Fair. The number of visitors was slightly more than 400, a decent figure for a half-day event, considering that a typhoon alert kept people from going out all morning. The Swiss Universities Booth accomodated many visitors, of which approximately 50 wished to receive personal, more detailed consulting. Albeit the slow start of the overall fair, those that did come were seriously seeking opportunities to study abroad and the Swiss booth attracted the very first enthusiastic visitor to the education fair.
The friendly Swiss Universities Booth team led by Ms. Kyoko Suzuki and Ms. Bettina Gnägi of the Science & Technology Office Tokyo answered many questions concerning university admission fees, living costs and general security in Switzerland. The additional helpers at the booth, two Swiss exchange students currently studying in Japan, Ms. Olivia Ritter and Ms. Sophie Zagato, shared their experience from student life in Switzerland with the Japanese prospective students. The presentation on studying in Switzerland given by Ms. Suzuki attracted more than 30 auditors, almost filling the room. The audience also lively participated in the question and answer session following the presentation.
The interest of the visitors varied from short term summer school programs or language schools, over one semester exchange programs or complete master studies. Further questions posed by the Japanese students involved the possibility of scholarship funds, the process of application to Swiss universities and even job opportunities after graduation. In addition to brochures and giveaways provided by Swiss universities, the prospective students were offered red bags with the Science & Technology Office Tokyo design, as well as red-and-white Kit-Kat chocolates, kindly sponsored by Nestlé.
The Science & Technology Office Tokyo is a regular participant of “Higher Education Fairs” and “Study Abroad Fairs” in order to promote Swiss Universities and institutions of higher education.