Study Abroad Fairs 2015 (part 1)
In order to promote all Swiss Universities in Japan and to increase the student exchange between Switzerland and Japan, the Science & Technology Office Tokyo regular participates at study abroad fairs of partner universities as well as at the European Higher Education Fair in Tokyo and Kyoto.
Waseda University, April 17
The private and prestigious Waseda University is a partner of the Universities of Geneva and Zurich. The study abroad fair that took place on their main campus attracted many students of whom several found their way to the bright red Swiss presence. About 25 students inquired on studying in Switzerland, especially at one of the partner universities. The presentation given by the S&T Office Tokyo further emphasized the message, that Switzerland is beautiful and safe country and offers great universities to study; another 30 students attended that part.
Tokyo Institute of Technology, April 22
The Tokyo Institute of Technology (Titech) is one of Japan’s top engineering schools. It’s second oldest international partner is ETH Zurich with a partnership dating back to the 70s! Three students from Titech, former exchange students of ETH Zurich convinced their peers to go study in Switzerland; they were assisted by Mr. Vogelsanger, trainee at the Embassy of Switzerland and alumni of the University of Zurich .
European Higher Education Fair (EHEF), May 15-17
The European fair is organized by the European Delegation in Tokyo and Switzerland has been partnering with them already for the third time. The fair is taking place both in Kanto (Meiji University in Tokyo) as well as Kansai (Doshisha University in Kyoto). About 500 students per day attended the fair and we discussed with about 150 students the advantages of studying in Switzerland. Compared to the partner universities’ study abroad fairs, visitors to the EHEF had a broader background and so were their interests.
ECAL dispatched their alumni, Mr. Nemoto, to our booth; he had on social media informed prospective students about his presence at the EHEF. Several students travelled far (from Fukui and Osaka several 100km away!) to use this opportunity to learn from Nemoto-san about the merits of studying at ECAL in Switzerland.
In Kyoto, two exchange students from the University of Zurich as well as a post-grad researcher from ETH Zurich helped us inform the interested visitors. During the two presentations in Tokyo and Kyoto an even broader group could be educated on Switzerland’s top universities.
Aoyama Gakuin University, May 20
The University of Geneva’s partner school is a comprehensive university located in the center of Tokyo, close to the Swiss Embassy. The study abroad fair is rather small, but the students visiting the booth are very much interested in studying in Switzerland, mainly through the exchange program that is set up with the University of Geneva. Furthermore, many students are also studying German and are eager to study in the German speaking region of Switzerland, mainly at the University of Zurich.
Further study abroad fairs:
June 5, 2015: Tokyo University
June 9, 2015: Keio University
June 27, 2015: JASSO Education Fair