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KTH Japan Day builds bridges through language, culture, and collaboration

Participants at KTH Japan Day.
Per Lundqvist, Pär Jönsson, Akiko Shirabe and other participants at KTH Japan Day.
Published Dec 06, 2023

When KTH Language and Communication together with the Embassy of Japan in Sweden arranged KTH Japan day November 27, a wide audience joined up – from fresh students to senior professors.

The aim for KTH Japan Day was to provide KTH employees and students studying Japanese or involved in Japan-related research with a platform to network and strengthen relationships.

“We place particular emphasis on providing young science and engineering students with opportunities to expand their connections with Japan through interactions with researchers and Japanese companies”, says Akiko Shirabe, Japanese Lecturer, KTH Language and Communication.

The Head of ITM school, Pär Jönsson, who personally has a lot of cooperation with universities in Japan gave a welcome note. Masaki Noke, the Ambassador of Japan to Sweden, talked about the importance of strengthening the relationship between Sweden and Japan. Tomoya Tanaka, the First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan introduced the Japanese Government Scholarship Program.

The two companies Mitsubishi Electric Europe Scandinavia and Senseair AB also participated in the event and presented their newly launched support for internships and degree projects for students taking Japanese courses at KTH.

The panel discussion in collaboration with the KTH Climate Action Center added an academic aspect to the event. The panels consisted of researchers Francesco Fuso Nerini and Dilip Khatiwada, both from the department of Energy Technology, several Japanese companies (Akihiro Kambara, Mitsubishi Electric Europe Scandinavia and Mitsuhiro Yamamoto, Sumitomo Corporation /Aimo Holding AB) and KTH-student Emilia Tidblad, from the Energy and Environment program – a good mix of people for discussing global issues. The panel was led by Professor Per Lundqvist from the department of Energy Technology.

“The event was a wonderful example of how multicultural and multilingual competence is working at its best. KTH is unique as a Swedish technical university, offering students, staff, researchers and alumni the opportunity to learn languages and communication skills specifically tailored for engineering purposes, ” says Ida Pinho, Head of division, KTH Language and Communication.

“We didn’t expect such a large interest in a meeting about Japan. There seems to be a serious demand for networking in occasions like this,” says Torkel Werge, Senior Advisor for International Relations.