Foundation Ceremony of Heidelberg University Alumni Japan (HAJP) and Network Conference Research Alumni Japan 2018 hosted by Kyoto University

The Kyoto University European Center supported the hosting of the inauguration of the Heidelberg Alumni Japan (HAJP) and Research Alumni Network conference—both consisting of members of Heidelberg University and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The festivities were held on the occasion of the third anniversary of the Heidelberg University Office Kyoto on April 14–15, 2018.

On the first day the ceremony was opened by congratulatory addresses by Heidelberg University President Prof. Eitel and Kyoto University President Prof. Yamagiwa. These were followed by a lecture by Prof. Andreas Kruse (Heidelberg University) on “Creative Ageing in Different Countries and Cultures—What we can learn from Biology, Medicine and Cultural Anthropology”, which was accompanied by a piano performance.

On the second day the Network Conference Research Alumni Japan 2018 was in addition to the opening address by Prof. Eitel the participants were welcomed by Dr. Inaba, Kyoto University Executive Vice-President and Head of the Kyoto University European Center. At the conference the topic “Research as a Bridge to Internationalization” was passionately discussed by German and Japanese researchers, who had experience of research exchanges to both countries, and  representatives of funding agencies like JSPS, DAAD and DFG.

What became clear on both days, visited by active researchers from Heidelberg University and many Japanese alumni, was the profound cultivation of knowledge over a long period of time by Heidelberg University.

The Kyoto University European Center is eager to work vigorously towards further contributions to the history of new knowledge creation by both universities.

On both days simultaneous Japanese-German interpretation​ was provided by Heidelberg University interpretation studies graduates, of which one was a former Kyoto University European Center staff member. It was nice chance to see, how former staff members are doing.


Kyoto University President Yamagiwa Piano performance at the lecture by Prof. Kruse
Group picture (Heidelberg University President Prof. Eitel [middle])


For further information please visit the Heidelberg University Office Kyoto Event page.