Greetings from the Director

China and Japan are neighbors and have been maintaining close relations with each other. Naturally, these relations have special importance for the University of Tsukuba’s international strategy.

At present, about half of the total number of overseas students come from China and the number is increasing year by year. The China Office collaborates with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and affiliated partner universities in participating at study abroad fairs throughout the country. The China Office also actively supports alumni organizations in China, and is working on network-building among student returnees.

With the political relationship between the two countries sometimes getting in the way, one of our major tasks is to foster deeper understanding among students. The Shanghai Education and Research Center of the University of Tsukuba offers internship programs as well as physical education (martial arts) and Japanese or Chinese education programs, among others, to support outgoing students from Japan.

As of May 2015, the University of Tsukuba has a total of 39 exchange agreements with Chinese universities and research institutes. To foster and enhance academic exchange, we actively support organizing academic fora at our partner universities in China. Taking advantage of our University’s comprehensive feature, we hope to continue to promote academic exchange in various areas such as the Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Science and Engineering, Medical Science, Fine Arts and Physical Education.

We would appreciate it if you could support and cooperate with us to promote further development in academic exchanges with China.

Yoshihito Sasaki
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Tsukuba