Keio University Holds the Study in Japan Fair "Experience Japan Exhibition 2020 Online"
December 1, 2020
On Saturday, November 21, Keio University hosted the Study in Japan Fair "Experience Japan Exhibition 2020 Online." This study abroad fair has been held in London in the UK every year since 2011; however, on this occasion marking the event's 10th anniversary, it was held online for the first time due to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). By hosting the event online, a total of 1353 people were able to "attend"—a significant increase on previous years—not only from the UK but from countries around the world, primarily in Asia and Europe, indicating the enduringly high level of interest in studying in Japan despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the day, about 20 institutions including Keio University, other Japanese universities, Japanese language schools, and the Embassy of Japan in the UK held exhibitions in virtual booths as well as private consultations with visitors. In addition, each university hosted information sessions presenting their own study abroad programs. At the same time, seminars introducing basic information on studying in Japan, JSPS research grant programs, information on JASSO scholarships, employment opportunities in Japan, etc., were held at the online event halls, as well as talks by current students on their experiences of studying in Japan. There was an endless stream of questions from the visitors to each seminar, and many people commented that the events were simply not long enough.
Video recordings of all of the seminars will be released at a later date.
Photo 1: During the seminar "Cultural relations, trust and opportunities", Prof. Shinnosuke Obi, Vice-President for International Collaboration (left), Jamie Gibbings, Deputy Director, British Council Japan (right)
Photo 2: Graduate School of Media Design information session (Prof. Masahiko Inakage, dean of the Graduate School of Media Design)