Niigata University (NU) held “Study in Japan Online Educational Fair” for Russia from Thursday, December 9 to Friday, December 10. The fair was organized for two days: one designed for those who desire to major in medical sciences in Japan and the other focusing on higher education institutions and industries in Niigata Prefecture. Over the two days, about a total of 150 people participated in the event, showing high interest in studying and pursuing academic opportunities in Japan.
The Fair was carried out as part of “Study in Japan Global Network Project,” the Japanese government’s project, which aims to increase the number of international students in Japan. NU, along with Hokkaido University and University of Tsukuba have been commissioned by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to implement the project, and have jointly launched the activity with a view to gaining international students from Russia and the CIS region. This time, NU co-hosted the event with “Niigata Consortium for Japan-Russia Medical Sciences and Educational Exchanges,” which consists of local governments, industries, academia and financial institutions in Niigata Prefecture.
On the first day, Thursday 9th, the fair was organized for those who want to pursue medical courses in Japan including medical sciences, dentistry and health sciences. A total of 8 universities which have faculties such as medical sciences and nutrition science, including member institutions of specialized section of Health and Medicine, HaRP, participated and promoted their own programs, courses, and distinguished research activities.
In addition, two Russians who have studied in Japan gave presentations on their experiences. One of them, who is currently studying at Niigata University Brain Research Institute, gaining the Japanese Government Scholarship, introduced his research life in Niigata.
On the second day, Friday 10th, a fair called “Niigata Day” was delivered targeting Russian Far East which is close to Niigata Prefecture. Under the theme of “Study, Work, and Life in Niigata,” the fair provides various information on higher education institutions, industry, tourism, and job opportunities in Niigata Prefecture. Along with the participation of 8 education institutions such as universities, vocational schools and a technical college, the prefectural and municipal governments, the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA), and Atago Corporation, a trading company which engages in Japan-Russia business took part in the event.
On the day, following the presentations from educational institutions, the prefectural and municipal governments introduced the unique features of Niigata Prefecture including tourism, industry, local specialities and information on a scholarship program offered by the prefecture. Additionally, ERINA explained job opportunities for international students in Niigata and presented supporting information for those who want to get a job in Niigata. Atago Corporation shared the valuable analysis regarding the current status and outlook for Japan-Russia business in Niigata.
With participants from different sectors in Niigata Prefecture, the fair succeeded to provide a variety of information with Russians who want to study, work and live in Niigata, Japan.
Niigata University will continue to further promote academic collaboration with Russia and encourage Russian students to study in Japan making use of our achievement we have made through cooperation with Russia.