Reports by Exchange Students and Scholars

Kyoto University European Center provides latest information to students and researchers who are interested in study in Europe or in Japan. It also supports exchange researchers between Kyoto University and institutions in Europe.


AI DA – Young Researchers Exchange Program

The Kyoto University funding program AI DA (Ambitious Intelligence Dynamic Acceleration) was launched in 2017. The program supports young researchers from Kyoto University and enables short-term stays at research facilities in Germany. AI DA was initiated and is organized by the Kyoto University Research Administration Office and the Kyoto University European Center. For further information please click here (Japanese only).


Finding new forms of transportation — Jan-Dirk Schmöcker @ WU Vienna and TU Munich

In order to deepen his research on new forms of transportation, Associate Professor Jan-Dirk Schmöcker (Department of Urban Management, Graduate School of Engineering) visited Karlsruhe, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and Technical University of Munich (TUM). During his travel he exchanged ideas on how to extend existing research, discussed opportunities for bilateral funding and found students and researchers alike interested in joint research activities.

Developing more sophisticated “Body on a Chip” technology – Kenichiro KAMAI visits KIT and COS

Kenichiro Kamai, Associate Professor at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), met researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Center of Organismal studies (COS) Heidelberg in order to exchange ideas on the improvement of so called “Body on a Chip” technology and start a joint research project.

Using microstructures to develop new antibiotics – Kazuya TATSUMI visits KIT

Associate Professor Kazuya Tatsumi is researching heat transfer and micro fluid engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science, Kyoto University. He met with Prof. Jürgen Brandner (KIT) to exchange research results and evaluate possible outcomes of a joint research project, which might lead to the development of new antibiotics.


Fighting cancer with cell aging – Shoma ISHIKAWA visits CECAD

Young Researcher Ishikawa Shoma (Ph. D. student at Kyoto University) is researching cell aging as a defence mechanism against cancer at the Kyoto University . He visited the Cluster of Excellence – Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD) at Cologne University in order to build new networks and lay foundations for a long-term stay in Germany. In his report he tells us about his experience and how his ongoing and future research was influenced by this exchange.


Laying the foundation for revolutionary cancer treatment – Tsubasa WATANABE visits DKFZ

Dr. Watanabe Tsubasa (Assistant professor, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute) researched Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) until recently, but wants to contribute to the development of a cancer treatment that combines immunization and standard therapy. Visiting the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) he gained insight in groundbreaking research and laid a foundation for his research at Freiburg University. Additionally he met researchers of European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).


Researcher Exchange

“Internationalization of research by breaking through the seclusion of knowledge” by Prof. Tatsushi FUJIHARA

Before his return to Japan after spending 3 month at Heidelberg University we met Prof. Tatsushi Fujihara (Associate Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University) to talk about his experience while staying and lecturing in Heidelberg.



An internship that opened the door for a bright future — M.A student Mizutani Shiroi @ KIT

Kyoto University Department of Nuclear Engineering 2nd year M.A. student specialized on Quantum and Beam Science Mizutani Shiori stayed at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for one an a half month to do an internship from February 19th to March 28th. Because the Kyoto University European Center supported her, we sat down to talk about her experience in Germany after her return to Kyoto.



Impressions of HeKKSaGOn Internship Programme at Kyoto University

Until March 2016 the Ph.D. students Francesco Silvestri (Heidelberg University), Timo Essig (Heidelberg University) and Michael Färber (Karlsruhe Insitute for Technology, KIT) took part in an Internship Programme within the Framework of HeKKSaGOn. The Internship Programme aims to promote foreign language and different cultural studies for students of Kyoto University utilizing the HeKKSaGON Consortium by inviting German researchers among three universities in Germany to Kyoto University for several weeks.