A Letter From Stirling

A Letter From Stirling

The University of Stirling has enjoyed strong links with Japan for over 40 years. This has included successful student exchanges, joint research initiatives, encouraging our English language students to celebrate the culture of Japan, and the provision of Japanese lessons to students and the local community

The University has active exchange agreements with a number of eminent universities in Japan including Waseda University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Sophia University, Akita International University and Rikkyo University. Stirling continues to take an active role in working with these universities to explore new scholarships, joint degree opportunities and creative short-term projects.

The University of Stirling also has over 300 alumni living in Japan.  The Japan Alumni Association of the University of Stirling (JAAUS), a very active group which has been in operation for over 15 years, holds an alumni event every year in Tokyo and financially supports scholarships for Japanese students aspiring to study at the University of Stirling. We will continue to engage with our dedicated alumni network to facilitate our connections with Japan and encourage the sharing of experiences with the next student generation.

The University hosts a number of summer programmes for students from Japan – 2016 highlights include

  • Arrived July 31st, 46 University Students and 16 High School Students.
  • Kwansei Gakuin University, Kanto Gakuin University, Atomi University, Miyazaki Municipal University, Aomori Public University and Atomi High School. Also had Direct applicants from Japan and Spain.
  • English Language classes from 9am to 1pm, and then we organise cultural and extracurricular activities for them. We have organised a quiz; a film night; ceilidh dancing; walks to local historical sites; nature walks; conversation clubs.
  • Weekend trips to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Loch Ness and the Highlands (university) and Edinburgh and St Andrews (high school).
  • We have also had the privilege hosting a number of visitors. General Consul of Japan in Edinburgh, Daisuke Matsunaga. Director General of the Japan Foundation in London, Ms Mana Takatori. Cultural Diplomat, Ms Yoko Murata.

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