On 10-12 November 2021, the JANET FORUM 2021 was held online, assembling participants from universities and other academic institutes in Japan and Europe.
JANET (Japan Academic Network in Europe), established to promote education and research activity through exchange of academic information among Japanese universities that have overseas centers in Europe, has held the JANET FORUM by one of the board universities in rotation annually since 2016.
With the theme “International exchange under COVID-19 situation – Planning ahead for the next few years –”, JANET FORUM 2021started with a beautiful musical performance by the Tsugaru shamisen (traditional Japanese musical instrument) group of the University of Tsukuba, distributed on an online platform for the forum.
On Day 1, followed by the opening remarks by Prof. NAGATA Kyosuke, President of the University of Tsukuba, Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott, Vice-President of the Free University of Berlin/Chair person of European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), Ms. SATOMI Tomoka, Deputy Director-General for Higher Education, Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr. KOJIMA Toshiro, Executive Officer and General Manager, Risk Management Research Institute, Kyodo News Digital Co., Ltd., Mr. Richard Kelner, Academic Cooperation Officer, and Dr. Tom Kuczynski, Science and Technology Advisor of Delegation of the EU to Japan gave lectures regarding study abroad as well as scholarship programs in Japan and Europe.
On Day 2, virtual exchange sessions between universities and academic institutes in Japan and Europe were held online. Osaka University had a virtual booth for the sessions and had online meetings with some European universities.
On the final day, panel discussions were held by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Research Foundation (DFG), Alxander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and the University of Tsukuba, on the theme “Opportunities and risks of academic exchange between Japan and Europe in the Post-Corona Era”. The sessions were held in a hybrid format, both live at the site of Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne, Germany, and online. Panelist made lively discussions over the theme.