EU Campus activities
Gathering with TCJS students (University of Tübingen, Center for Japanese Studies at Doshisha University) and Doshisha students
A gathering with TCJS students and Doshisha students was held on June 3 at Imadegawa Campus.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the face-to-face gathering was actually for the first time in these three years. Over forty participants from both universities actively mingled with others through games in groups and introducing Tübingen, Germany and Kyoto, Japan to each other. The event was very lively and lasted over three hours.
We would like to thank TCJS for their cooperation in making this a fruitful gathering.
We hope to continue to provide various opportunities for students from both universities to actively interact with each other.
* “Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies at Doshisha University” has been established at Doshisha University Imadegawa Campus since 1993, as an affiliated institution of University of Tübingen.
Report of Doshisha Week 2021
Doshisha Week 2021
Doshisha and Tübingen Students Exhibited Their Contribution to Manga Culture and Sustainable Development/SDGs
(Excerpt from “Doshisha University Koho” No. 520. pp. 4-7.)
Doshisha Week 2021 was held online on 25th and 26th of November, 2021.
Doshisha Week is an event that has been held since AY2019, with the aim of raising awareness of Doshisha University (hereinafter referred to as DU) not only within the University of Tübingen (hereinafter referred to as UT), but also in Germany and the EU at-large. Initially, the focus was on "research exchanges" between DU and UT, and we held research exchange programｓ between faculty members at the UT in a face-to-face format in AY2019 and an online format in AY2020 respectively. This year, as a part of EU campus branding strategy, we took on the challenge of focusing on "student and cultural exchange" for the first time, with the expectation of further improving our presence.
Professor Masaya Shimokusu, Director of Doshisha Student Support Services, opened the event with a declaration which enabled for the event to start with a prestigious atmosphere even though it was a student exchange event. On the first day, the theme was "Manga", and the second day, the theme was "Sustainable Development/SDGs". Students deepened exchanges through discussions and workshops.
On November 25, "Manga" event consisted of two parts. The first part was a lecture by Professor Osamu Takeuchi of the Faculty of Social Studies of DU entitled "Considering the Expression of Contemporary Japanese Manga," and the second part was a workshop entitled "Let's Draw Manga" and organized and conducted by the Manga Research Group of DU Students. Approximately 75 people attended the first part of the event. Ms. Runqing Huang, the representative of the Manga Research Group of DU Students, and Ms. Jacqueline Kluge (participated from the UK), who had studied at DU before, served as co-moderators, and Professor Takeuchi delivered a pre-recorded lecture. The lecture was delivered in Japanese with English subtitles, which made it easier for the UT students to understand and eventually led to a lively Q&A session afterwards.
In the lecture, Professor Takeuchi explained a wide range of expression methods of Japanese manga from the dawn time to modern time. His examples ranged from Osamu Tezuka's manga to current serialized manga such as ONE PIECE. Since manga is a popular media and culture in Europe and the United States as well, the 60-minute lecture seemed to be very short as the content of the lecture, though technical, was endlessly interesting. Immediately after the lecture, many students asked questions. He was not able to answer all of them. Typical examples of the many questions asked were related to analysis and evaluation of manga, such as "Are there any modern manga that devises experimental expressions?” For the Q&A session between UT students and Prof. Takeuchi, the moderators were able to provide excellent English-Japanese and Japanese-German translations.
Lecture by Prof. Takeuchi
The second part of the event, i.e., "Let's draw a manga" workshop was enjoyed by 37 participants. The UT side kindly organized the teams in advance and three teams had been formed. As this was an online workshop, an ice-breaker was conducted first, in which team members introduced themselves. After that, through a mini-lecture by Manga Research Group of DU Students, participants deepened their understanding of the important aspects of storytelling, e.g., four steps of a story, i.e., introduction, development, turn, and conclusion (Ki-Sho-Ten-Ketsu). Then, concrete examples of how to draw a manga, were demonstrated. Next, the whole group were divided into three teams again and each participant was asked to draw a two-panel manga strip within 30 minutes. Each one of them showed their work and it turned out to be a great opportunity for the students to give each other creative hints and ideas. Since the workshop was conducted through online, (not a face-to-face format), we were able to feel their enthusiasm only in partial manners. However, there were smiles through the screen and we surely felt that they are having fun.
The original plan was to have 30 minutes for manga creation and 3 minutes for feedback, but the discussion did not cool down even after the scheduled time had passed, and after the closing statement by Prof. Shimokusu, we gave the students extra 20 minutes to further deepen the interaction with each other.
Workshop "Let's draw a manga"
On November 26, the second day, approximately 35 participants enjoyed two presentations and lively discussions on the theme of "Sustainable Development/SDGs". The first one was delivered by ASUVID Imadegawa, a student organization registered with Doshisha Student Support Services, and the second one was presented by The "Colourful Meadow Initiative" Tübingen, a student organization of UT.
After an introduction of ASUVID Imadegawa by Prof. Yoshihiko Wada, Director of Doshisha EU Campus Office, representatives Ms. Ryoko Kishimoto, Mr. Yukihiro Matsushita, and Ms. Kiri Kashimoto reported on ASUVID Imadegawa's activities in terms of “educational support for children”, “international cooperation”, and “regional vitalization”.
In the following presentation, the “Lake Biwa Project” was reported as an activity deeply related to Goal 12 of “SDGs” adopted by the United Nations, “Responsible Consumption and Production (Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns)”. The project involved a 4.5 km cleanup of the shores of Lake Biwa, and it was reported that 164 45-liter trash bags were needed in just one day of cleanup activities. They mentioned that while aiming for activities around Lake Biwa, they are fully aware of the limitations of what they can achieve through their daily activities by themselves, so that they desire to create a system that will enable them to continue the activities through involving various local people.
UT students commented and asked questions such as, “This is a very wonderful initiative, but how do you plan to continue the activity for a long distance along the lakeside, and where does your passion come from?” It was impressive that ASUVID Imadegawa responded that everyone cherishes the motivation to carry through respecting the high aspirations and footsteps of their predecessors.
Next, Prof. Potthast of UT introduced The "Colourful Meadow Initiative" Tübingen. Prof. Potthast is a renowned researcher in the fields of biodiversity, environmental ethics and sustainable development, and presented his research at the International Symposium with UT held at DU in February 2020.
Presentation by ASUVID
Representing The "Colourful Meadow Initiative" Tübingen, Ms. Farah Badreldin and Ms. Annemarie Lang gave a presentation on biodiversity conservation activities in cities. The presentation was related to the Goal 15 of SDGs, “Life on Land” (Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss). They started their presentation by asking a question, "Which is more diverse, an untended grassland or a beautiful dandelion field as far as the eye can see?" They then explained the decline of grasslands in Europe and reported on their activities to find a solution. Their activities have been organized based on data analysis, including the increase and decrease of insect species and their populations. Their presentation showed that they have been working to solve the fundamental problem by monitoring and conserving approximately 15 hectares of grassland in 56 different locations around Tübingen, as well as conducting networking and awareness-raising activities.
The explanation of the activities of both universities were detailed enough to show the current status of their active involvement in environmental conservation. Also it was a good opportunity to contemplate upon how to disseminate information more effectively and how to raise awareness of the people.
During the Q&A session, one of the participants of UT suggested that, it would be a good idea to set up an internship program for students of UT and DU to participate in other student initiatives held in Kyoto and UT, respectively in order to continue to develop the activities of both universities through exchanges between students who are interested in the SDGs. Professor Potthast, who moderated the latter half of the session, commented that the both reports were noteworthy examples of practical application of knowledge and that the discussion was extremely fruitful. Furthermore, Prof. Potthast commented that since international travel consumes a lot of energy and emits large amount of greenhouse gases, from the perspective of sustainable mobility, a one-month stay would be a waste of energy and that longer than three months would be desirable if the internship exchange is to be conducted.
Presentation by The "Colourful Meadow Initiative
Prof. Potthast making remarks
Prof. Horres making remarks
Prof. Wada closed the two-day Doshisha Week 2021 by thanking Prof. Horres, Head of Department of Japanese Studies at UT, Ms. Glantz-Schückle from Department of Japanese Studies at UT, Prof. Potthast, Dr. Moser from International Research Division of UT, Prof. Takeuchi a speaker for Day 1, Office of Student Support Services, Office of International Affairs, and especially the student presenters and moderators from both universities.
The first student and cultural exchange was very challenging. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Doshisha Week 2021, which the students created on their own, greatly enhanced the branding of our university. We strongly hope that the situation of the novel coronavirus infection will settle down in 2022 and that we will be able to hold Doshisha Week 2022 in Tübingen.
Professor Masaya Shimokusu, Director of Doshisha Student Support Services
Professor Yoshihiko Wada, Director of Doshisha EU Campus Office
Mr. Makoto Inoue, Administrative Director, Doshisha Student Support Services
Mr. Tatsuya Tanaka, Administrative Director, Organization for the Promotion of Global Cooperation
Doshisha Week 2021
We are pleased to announce that Doshisha Week 2021 will be held on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, 2021, in collaboration with the University of Tübingen. At Doshisha Week 2021, a lecture and a workshop on manga will be held to promote student exchange between Doshisha and Tübingen students, and presentations on SDGs initiatives will be given by student groups from both universities.
The first day consisted of two parts, the first part will be a lecture by Professor Osamu Takeuchi from Department of Media Studies, Faculty of Sociology on "Considering the Expression of Contemporary Japanese Manga", and the second part will be a workshop on "How to Draw Manga" by the Manga Research Group of DU students.
Please note the workshop is available for Tübingen students only. General audiences are not allowed to participate in the workshop.
The titles of the presentations on SDGs by student groups at both universities on Friday, November 26 are as follows.
From Doshisha "ASUVID Imadegawa" will make a presentation on "Clean-up activities of Lake Biwa shore: Trying to Solve Debris Problems"
From University of Tübingen, "Colourful Meadow Initiative" will make a presentation on "The "Colourful Meadow Initiative" Tubingen - Local Work for Biodiversity".
For more information, please refer to the PDF files below.
The information on this event can also be found on the website of University of Tübingen (German language only).
University of Tübingen website
Online Program ～Doshisha EU Campus German Language and Intercultural Studies～
German and Intercultural EU Campus Program is usually held in the spring semester at EU Campus. However, it was canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic of COVID-19.
As an alternative to the program, the first online program "Doshisha EU Campus German Language and Intercultural Studies” was held from March 1st to 26th, with 10 students participating.
In addition to the German language classes, the program provided opportunities to hear from the citizens of Tübingen about their experiences of COVID-19 crisis and to interact with international and Japanologie students of University of Tübingen.
At the end, each participant gave a presentation introducing Japanese culture in German.
With the cooperation from the University of Tübingen, the program finished with great success .
【Comments from participants】
The last four weeks have gone by faster than I expected. But as I have repeated the process of listening and speaking German hard each time, I think my German skills have improved remarkably from the first day. I realized that speaking with native speakers is the best way to learn a language. Especially by talking to the teacher and tutors and others, I got used to German language and it became easier to understand. Also, I was able to acquire a lot of vocabulary by using and introducing new words.
However, German language skills were not the only thing I gained from this program. For one, I was able to make connections with Tübingen. I was able to connect with teachers at the University of Tübingen, friends, and people who live in Tübingen. I was able to listen to valuable lectures and ask questions to the very active guest speakers, which was very inspiring. I plan to stay in touch with people from University of Tübingen after this program and I would love to meet the people I had the opportunity to interact with. Without participating in this program, I would not have been able to connect with these wonderful people. I would love to maintain that connection in the future.
I also joined this program not knowing anything about Tübingen, but I was really happy to learn about this wonderful place and the lives of the people there. I really wanted to study philosophy in Tübingen. When the pandemic is over, I definitely want to go to Tübingen to study.
There were many things that I gained through this program. I am very grateful that I was able to participate in this program.
I also participated in the EU Campus Program in March last year. I visited Tübingen for the first time, and while it still retains its old-fashioned streets, the entire city is integrated with the university, making it a true school town. The classes I took there were all in German, and I enjoyed imagining how I would grow in six months' time during those fulfilling days. However, the program was interrupted due to the spread of COVID-19, and we were forced to return to Japan in just over two weeks. I continued to study German after returning to Japan, but I spent the whole year feeling sad that I could no longer learn German in such a wonderful environment.
Then I found out about this program, which is a month-long intensive online course. At first, I was not very enthusiastic about the online program that was offered as an alternative to not being able to study on site. However, I decided to participate in the program because I thought it would be worth it to have the same German teacher, , I had last year again, and also to be exposed to the German language for a month.
At first, I had a hard time understanding what was said because the program was conducted entirely in German. However, strangely enough, as I listened to her repeatedly, I naturally began to understand what was said, and I was able to ask and answer many questions smoothly.
We also had a lot of guest speakers during the program, who gave us a variety of talks. I think it was very meaningful for my future life to be able to get information about the local pandemic from the perspective of a German, which is not possible to understand just by watching the Japanese media.
I used to think that studying abroad was meaningless unless I studied on site. However, I realized that it is possible to practice the language online and that there are plenty of great opportunities to experience German culture online. Of course, I would like to go back to Germany once when COVID-19 is over. However, I learned through this program that learning online now is precious experience so that I can learn more the next time I go to Germany.
Report of Doshisha Week 2020
“Doshisha Week 2020” was held on 4th and 5th March, 2021. It was supposed to be taken place November 2020 at the University of Tübingen (UT) as the second Doshisha Week. However,due to the pandemic of COVID-19, it was held by online. The theme was "COVID-19 Research: Challenges and Achievements for the Society" . Researchers from both universities selected the common research subjects from the three fields of “Doshisha COVID-19 Research Project”, which Doshisha University launched in July, 2020. They gave interesting lectures and had a fruitful discussions.
The session entitled “Cognitive and Immunological Impact of COVID-19” was held on the first day. Masaya Ikegawa and Kiyotaka Nishikawa, Professors at the Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences, Hiroyuki Manabe, Associate Professor at the Organization for Research Initiatives and Development, Prof. Dr. Olaf Riess and Dr. Yogesh Singh, both from the UT, lectured on their research achievements. There were significant discussions on issues related to anti-virus strategy, effects of COVID-19 on the central nervous system and the immune system, and the latest analysis technology, which are expected to lead to future research cooperation. After that, Kazuhiko Tsukagoshi, Vice President of Doshisha University and Dr. Karin Moser V. Filseck from research division of UT gave a closing address of the first day.
The second day began with the session entitled “Science Communication”, and Noriko Noguchi, Professor at the Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences, and Prof. Dr. Olaf Kramer from the UT gave their lectures. In the discussion, Riko Muranaka, medical journalist and lecturer at Kyoto University, and Yoshihiko Wada, Director of Doshisha EU Campus Office, joined and discussed some topics such as importance to convey technological and medical information easily to the society; networking system differences among scientists and government of different countries; and human resources development of science communicators.
Then, Reiko Yamada, Professor at the Faculty of Social Studies, William Robert Stevenson III, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Studies, Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer, Vice President of UT, and Dr. Christine Rubas, from the International Office of the UT, gave their lectures depending of the theme “Campus Internationalization”. After the lectures, they discussed some topics such as satisfaction of online learning as an alternative to educational programs with studying abroad and international travelling. Also, problems regarding international joint research under the current circumstances around COVID-19 pandemic were talked about. Lastly, Yoshihiko Wada, Director of Doshisha EU Campus Office and Prof. Dr. Bernd Engler, President of UT made a final closing address.
With approximately 80 participants, “Doshisha Week 2020” became fruitful research exchanging symposia which will lead future exchange of researchers between the both universities.
Please watch the video of the lectures and discussions
Doshisha Week 2020 Day 1
Doshisha Week 2020 Day 2
Doshisha Week 2020
Doshisha Week 2020 “COVID-19 Research: Challenges and Achievements for the Society” will be held by online (Zoom webinar) for March 4th and 5th, 2021.
Doshisha Week is a symposium, which commemorates the establishment of Doshisha EU campus in the University of Tübingen and aims to promote further research exchanges between both universities.
Although more than one year has passed since the first COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, China, the fight against the virus that had severe effect all over the world has not yet come to an end. Doshisha University and the University of Tübingen has respectively promoted their research on COVID-19 in various academic fields such as Life Science, Medical Science, Social Science, etc. In Doshisha Week 2020, a series of research symposia, researchers from both universities will have lectures and discussions on the following three topics for two days.
1) Cognitive and Immunological Impact of COVID-19
2) Science Communication
3) Campus Internationalization
For further information, please find the program posted below.
Doshisha Week 2020
Please see also
Doshisha University Official Website（Lectures, Seminars, Events）
University of Tübingen-University branch offices and research stations abroad
Presidents and Vice Presidents Online Meeting was Held Successfully
On November 26th, Presidents and Vice Presidents of University of Tübingen and Doshisha University had an opportunity to meet each other and discuss on an online meeting. They agreed to continue future-oriented collaboration and exchange between two universities through using online format, in spite of the fact that this year’s plans have not been proceeded as scheduled due to COVID-19 impacts.
In particular, we had an active discussion on the following themes, Promotion of Diversity Campus, Research Collaboration and Management of EU Campus and its future development, with the participation of faculty/staff members from both universities in a friendly atmosphere. This became a wonderful opportunity for both universities to reaffirm our special and solid partnership and friendship.
We are sincerely grateful to President Engler, Vice President Scheer and the involved faculty/staff members of University of Tübingen for their generous support and hard work to make the meeting successful.
Online Event with UT Japanologie Students
An online event with UT Japanologie students was held on October 5th.
In academic year 2020, all EU campus study abroad programs were cancelled because of COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are in a difficult situation, there are many DU students who want to interact with UT Japanologie students or study abroad in EU campus when things return to normal.
For those students, three UT Japanologie students gave presentations entitled 1. About Tübingen, 2.About university life in Germany, and 3. Studying abroad experience in Japan.
After the presentations, questions and answers period was held, which students of both sides actively exchange their ideas.
It was a great opportunity for DU students to become acquainted with three UT Japanologie students and learn differences between German and Japanese cultures and student lives.
The Third International Interdisciplinary Symposium _Challenges toward Building Societies Filled with Respect for “Diversity” _organized by Doshisha University and University of Tübingen
The symposium was held at Doshisha University from February 25th to 27th with the theme, Challenges toward Building Societies Filled with Respect for “Diversity.” Researchers from both universities presented their paper and deepened discussion from perspectives such as diversity of physical and/or mental features, biodiversity, gender/sexual diversity, religious/ethnic diversity, and diversity in philosophy and expression.
On the last day, Round Table session was conducted by a chair and 5 panels from different research background to the question, How can Universities contribute to Society in which “Human Dignity” of All Is Respected? As the responses to the question, a unique educational example in Japan and Germany was introduced, effective measures against stereotype and discrimination was discussed, and the possibility to apply those advanced practices to different regions was considered.
Doshisha University and University of Tübingen will go with their strength and promote further exchanges in education and research field.
For further information, please find the program posted below.
Doshisha Week 2019 successfully ended
From November 25th to November 29 2019, “Doshisha Week: 2019 Advance Creativity and Collaboration in Research” was held at University of Tübingen(UT) for the first time. There were three symposia during this event.
On November 25th, two researchers and one graduate student from Doshisha Space-DREAM Project and one researcher from UT gave their presentations entitled “Doshisha Space-DREAM project: A Great Contribution to Maintaining Human Health Both in Space and on Earth”.
From November 26th to 29th, more than 20 law researchers of DU, UT, other universities around the world, and private organizations gave presentations entitled “Modernity’s Challenges to Law and Dispute Resolution”.
On November 29th, two researchers of Doshisha University Center for Baby Science, three researchers of UT and one researcher of other university gave presentations entitled “Baby Science: Past, Present, and Future”.
Active discussions lasted after the presentations. Attendees also deepened engagement at the receptions that were held at each night.
DU and UT are expected to collaborate and corporate further to enhance research exchange.
Doshisha Week 2019Doshisha Week will be firstly co-hosted by University of Tubingen (UT) and Doshisha University (DU) from November 25th to 29th at UT, Germany. The initiative has been started for both Universities to promote the further collaboration in their research fields in connection with the establishment of Doshisha EU Campus at University of Tubingen. Doshisha Week 2019 consists of three topics: “Doshisha Space-DREAM Project”, “Modernity’s Challenges to Law and Dispute Resolution” and “Baby Science,” for which a lot of researchers from both Universities and other Universities / institutions in Europe and East Asia will give a research talk. For further information, please find the program brochure posted below.
You can also check the online news at the website of University of Tübingen here:
University branch offices and research stations abroad
2019 EU campus program has successfully ended
EU campus program (German language and culture program), the first program for Doshisha students at EU campus, was implemented from April 11th to August 11th, 2019. There were 10 participants from School of Theology, Faculty of Letters, Commerce, Psychology, Health and Sports Science and Global and Regional Studies. Academic staff of University of Tübingen (UT) conducted classes of German language including off-campus activities as field trips and primary school visiting and Intercultural Studies where 9 students from Japanese Studies Department of UT studied together with the Japanese students, and Doshisha professors also conducted a seminar at EU campus called EU campus special seminars. Throughout these courses, the students could learn intensively about German language and culture as well as widely EU studies.
Other than the courses, there were a lot of opportunities for them to be absorbed in German language, culture and life thorough interacting with the tutors and students of UT. For example, Language Tutorial was taken twice a week where students had a lecture about history of Easter, went to local farmer’s market and cooked one of the most popular local food- Brezel. As a Buddy program, Japanese students and German students became a pair for regularly meeting and having language and culture exchange each other.
Additionally, farewell party was held at the end of the program prepared and organized by the Japanese students. Inviting the persons involved to EU campus program at UT, the students hosted and entertained them with Japanese food and intercultural games they were also received certificate and token from UT staff and students. The program seems to be very meaningful not only for the participants but also for development of the partnership for two universities.
We are sincerely grateful for UT faculty staff and students who has been involved in, engaged in and cooperated to EU campus program 2019.
You can check the article written by the students in Japanese and German on Facebook of Doshisha International Center with the following URL
(Updated date: April 25, May 3, 12, 18, June 1, 14, 22, July 5, 19, August 2)
Symposium for EU Campus
On February 27th and 28th 2019, we held the symposium “Challenging for Aging Societies: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Comparative Japanese, German and European Perspectives” at University of Tübingen ,which was followed by the symposium at Doshsiha University in February 23rd 2018. There were 9 researchers from University of Tübingen and 4 researchers from Doshisha University from variety of fields such as Medicine, Brain Science, Clinical Psychology, Molecular Biology, Social Science, Social Welfare, Community Hygiene and History gave research presentations on the theme of “aging society.”
After the symposium, Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University was concluded under the name of the president of the University of Tübingen and Doshisha University. EU campus is expected to serve as a hub where both universities will enhance linkage and cooperation for education and research.
Signing ceremony related to the new Agreement for the Exchange of Faculty
President Takashi Matsuoka and Executive Dean of Organization for the Promotion of Global Cooperation, Prof. Yuejun Zheng visited the University of Tübingen from October 21 to October 26. They held a discussion with representatives of the University of Tübingen, including President Bernd Engler , Vice President Monique Scheer , and many others. In conclusion, they signed The Agreement for the Exchange of Faculty which will begin from the academic year 2019. A promotion of further academic exchanges between both universities is expected due to faculty exchanges from the academic year 2019.
Anniversary Symposium for EU Campus
Anniversary Symposium for EU Campus was held at Doshisha University Imadegawa Campus on February 23, 2018. The symposium began with a speech by Dr. Werner Köhler , the consul general of the German Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe. Then we had a keynote speech from Vice President Monique Scheer of the University of Tübingen followed by a speech from Director Michael Wachutka of Tübingen University Center for Japanese Studies. In conclusion various viewpoints were given by our faculties on the theme such as EU, Germany, and Japan. We had many participants that day and expressed a variety of opinions on possibility of future cooperation between the University of Tübingen and the Doshisha University.