A promising success:
Targeted appointments with potential doctorate candidates in Japan

European universities meet Japanese students.

"Thanks to this event, I could directly talk to a European professor who is interested in my research project and we will work together in the future".

This comment by a young Japanese PhD candidate was one of the results of the first information days in Japan that the PromoDoc consortium organized in Tokyo and Kyoto, from November 21 to 23, with the participation of 19 universities from eight European countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg and Hungary.
Prior to the event Japanese students and European representatives could already get in contact through an online matchmaking platform - specifically designed for the PromoDoc series - to have an exchange on CV, profile and research proposal.
These preparations led to concentrated conversations with the Universities' representatives and discussions in depth.

In total, over 350 appointments and targeted interviews took place during all three days.

All visitors were highly interested in the European research landscape as a whole. Most of the students had interviews and talks with more than one institution, often from several countries. But not only graduates joined the event. Also bachelor students already showed their interest in obtaining a doctorate degree


 in Europe. In addition, doctorate degree holders made use of the PromoDoc event to get information on European postdoctoral studies.

The program was completed by two keynote speeches, one by Professor Gesine Foljanty-Jost, Vice President of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the other by Professor Pam Thomas, lecturer in Physics at the University of Warwick, Great Britain, focusing on terms and conditions of undertaking doctoral studies in Europe.
Dr Tom Kuczynski, representative of the European Delegation, provided the students with detailed background information about European doctorate programs. In addition, presentations were given by Japanese professors who spoke about their personal experiences in completing a doctorate degree in Europe.

The event has been a pilot project in Japan. At present, most of Japanese postgraduates who intend doing research abroad are going to the United States. But the interest for other countries is rising continuously. The first event of this type in Japan, a country, where only 3 % of all students aspire for a doctorate degree, demonstrates that promoting a European doctorate is an excellent chance to awaken interest into the European higher education and research landscape.

The PromoDoc event was supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, MEXT. Mr Kumiko Bando, director general of the Higher Education Bureau, inaugurated the information days – together with the Ambassador of the European Union, Dr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut.


Implemented by:
CampusFrance DAAD European Community
Nuffic British Council Eurodoc IIE