In 2016, Keio University visited eleven countries and regions—from China, India, and Malaysia to the U.K. and Brazil—and participated in a total of 13 Japan study abroad fairs. Each year, Japanese institutions of higher education attend study abroad fairs to meet with talented students considering study in Japan and to explain the benefits of a Japanese education. Keio’s academic faculty and staff often give short seminars and presentations as well as set up information booths to answer any questions potential students might have about admissions and student life.
On November 19, 2016, Keio University together with the British Council hosted Experience Japan Exhibition (EJE), now in its sixth year, at The Royal Society’s historic venue in the heart of London. The event has grown to be the largest Japan study abroad fair in London. 15 universities and educational institutions exhibited alongside five Japanese institutions based in the UK, welcoming nearly 700 British and European visitors in a single day.
A strong turnout at the Keio information booth
A glimpse of the venue around the Keio booth
Visitors take a look at the EJE brochure
In addition to the information booths, EJE hosted a wide range of seminar programs: an introduction to digital education platform FutureLearn, where Keio offers courses; a crash course on diversity within otaku culture by Dr. Kazunori Sugiura, Associate Professor at Keio’s Graduate School of Media Design (KMD); study abroad experiences in Japan by British students; and information concerning employment in Japan. The event was filled with visitors eagerly seeking out information on work and study in Japan.
Visitors peruse their pamphlets while waiting for a seminar to begin
Associate Professor Kazunori Sugiura, pictured here in cosplay, uses Doraemon to illustrate one facet of Japanese pop culture
The international service of NHK, “NHK World” televised “TOKYO EYE on Campus: Keio University” featuring Keio University.“TOKYO EYE 2020,” is a series that widely show the appeal of Tokyo to the world. (The video is in English, about 30 minutes long, and available until January 18, 2018.)