As every year, the Science & Technology Office Tokyo was present at many study abroad fairs across Japan to promote and raise interest for Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences. They are the perfect opportunity to strengthen ties between Swiss and Japanese institutions of higher learning, by facilitating student exchanges between Partner-Universities, and to highlight Switzerland’s high-quality education, innovation, abundant nature, cultural heritage, good quality of life and safety to prospective students.
In particular, the Office gave information on Swiss Universities at the European Higher Education Fair at Meiji University in Tokyo and at the International House in Osaka, at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, at Keio University and made a presentation at JASSO in Tokyo.
The Swiss institution of higher learning garnered much interest from undergrads looking for an university abroad to do an exchange year, and from prospective Master and PhD students. In addition, many high school students and parents were interested in the requirements for admission to a Bachelor programs to prepare themselves for living and studying in Switzerland. Living costs, tuition fees, scholarships, language, Swiss culture and everyday life were also topics that were often asked about.
The Office was also greatly supported by other Swiss exchange students to Japan as well as Japanese alumni of Swiss universities. In addition to providing information on various Swiss universities, they shared their valuable experiences with the Japanese students and in that way could offer a first-hand impression of what studying in Switzerland is like.