A delegation from Switzerland’s Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) visited Asia — China, Japan, Korea — to directly learn and experiences the challenges of (healthily) Aging Societies and their health care systems.
The trip, organised by swissuniversities.ch in collaboration with Swissnex China, and the S&T Offices Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul, led the 12 professors to three countries. The program was dense and diverse: Universities, startups, governmental institutions as well as hospitals were visited.
After several days in China, the delegation enjoyed Tokyo’s blue sky; the program started with a meeting at the Government of neighbouring Kanagawa Prefecture, where several of their “healthy aging”-related programs were introduced. Right thereafter, Japan’s successful startups, Whill and
Triple-W, presented their products as well as the challenges of startups in Japan. Prof. Kagami from DUCR-Tokyo University (Division of University Corporate Relations) discussed startup programs and funding provided by the University of Tokyo during the lunch “break”.
The joint institution between Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU) and Waseda University for Advanced Biomedical Sciences called TWIns welcomed the Swiss delegation and showed them around their impressive facilities.
During a match-making event at the Residence of the Ambassador, the representatives from the 6 participating Swiss UAS were “speed-dating” 6 Japanese Universities: The universities had 10 minutes time to introduce themselves and to make a first contact. This was followed by a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, H.E. Jean-François Paroz, where Swiss wine further facilitated the networking. Several Swiss representatives were happy about concrete ideas for collaborations between their institutions and newly met partners in Japan.
The second day of the Japan-visit started with presentations and a discussion-round at the Embassy of Switzerland with representatives
from a Japanese university, government and a startup consultant in the health-care field.
During the afternoon program, the Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing as well as the Red Cross Hospital in Hiroo welcomed the delegation for a visit and further concrete discussions on the differences between our two countries.
We would like to thank the delegation for their great interest in Japan and all the Japanese counterparts for their hospitality and wish them a successful visit of South Korea!