On October 26th, 2016, the University of Tsukuba – Bonn Office and Japan – Germany Student Exchange Club (Baumkuchen Club) co-held “Study in Germany Fair 2016” (Fair 2016) and “36th Donau Party” (36th Donau) in Tsukuba Campus. The Fair 2016 was under the sponsorship of the University of Tsukuba – Global Commons and Der Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) – Tokyo Office.

“Study in Germany Fair” is an annual event for the purpose of encouraging students of the University of Tsukuba to study abroad in Germany and providing necessary information. “Donau Party”, which often takes place after the fair, has been held for more than 30 years to provide a precious opportunity for not only the ones who study German or do research on German culture and society, but also the ones who are interested in Europe or wish to get to know German students.

Professor AIZAWA Keiichi, Director of Bonn Office chaired the Fair 2016. After his greeting at the opening, Ms. BLECKEN from the Department of PR & Marketing, DAAD Tokyo made a speech in Japanese to introduce advantages of studying in Germany and scholarship system. The title of her speech was “Why Study in Germany?”.

After Ms. BLECKEN’s speech, 11 German students from the University of Bonn, Free University of Berlin, University of Cologne, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and University of Bayreuth and 10 Japanese students of the University of Tsukuba, who are their tutors during the stay in Japan, introduced each university. The German students made a vivid description about studying, researching environment and student life of their own universities, as well as history and culture of the state or city that the universities are located in, by showing various pictures and materials brought in from Germany. The Japanese students that had experienced studying abroad life in Germany teamed up with the German ones to talk about their own stories.

Thanks to their introduction and stories, the audience of the Fair 2016 may easily feel how attractive Germany is and advantageous to study abroad in the country. Moreover, the Ruhr University Bochum and University of Düsseldorf that had executed cooperation agreement with the University of Tsukuba this summer also provided the Fair 2016 with a lot of materials. The number of students from the University of Tsukuba studying in Germany has been gradually increasing and lately exceeded more than 10 students in recent years. It is expected that more students will take advantage of these cooperation agreements between the universities to study abroad for more enjoyable student life.

At the 36th Donau Party, the participants enjoyed ham, wine and bread, etc. while chatting. At the end of the events, Assistant Professor ABE Junichi P., Vice – director of Bonn Office and Mr. KATO Sawao, one of the founders of Donau Party who is also famous for having won twelve Olympic medals (including eight gold medals), gave speeches. We look forward to more attend next year.

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Besides, DAAD Tokyo has already published an article of the events on the website. Many links to some scholarship programs suggested by DAAD are being introduced therein. Please take a look at the article if you are interested in: