As the promotion of Swiss higher education is part of the mission of the Science and Technology Office Tokyo, organizing the “Swiss Universities” booth at different universities’ study abroad fairs is also one of its tasks.
This year’s first fair attended was the “Go Global” fair of Tokyo University, which took place on the school’s Komaba Campus on Saturday, May 28. The bright red Swiss booth was very popular among students and also their parents. Approximately thirty students sat down to get advice and information on studying in Switzerland. While several students inquired general information, others had been comparing universities and programs beforehand and asked very concrete questions. In addition to the booth, Dr. Matthias Frey, Head of Office, made a presentation on the Swiss higher education landscape during the fair’s seminar session.
Similar to the Todai fair, Swiss universities were represented at the study abroad event of Keio University on Tuesday, June 07, where Deputy Head of Office Ms. Kyoko Suzuki gave an inspiring presentation for prospective exchange students.
Finally, this semester’s study abroad fair season was closed with the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) held on June 11/12, first in Kyoto, then in Tokyo. More than a hundred students visited the booth to get advice on studying in Switzerland.
The team of the S&T Office was supported by Swiss students who are currently on exchange in Japan. Having the help of these exchange students also encouraged the Japanese students to approach the Swiss universities’ booth. Another facilitating factor were the pink KitKat (thanks to Nestlé Japan) given to students. We hope that at least some of the booth visitors will soon be seen studying at a university in Switzerland!