Seminar on student and PhD candidate mobility between NTNU and Japan

Wednesday 7 September 2016 12:00–18:00

Venue: Rådssalen, Main Building, Gløshaugen Campus, Trondheim

Organizers: NTNU in cooperation with NorAlumni Japan


Programme and presentations given

Moderator: Nina Sindre, Coordinator of International Affairs, NTNU

11:00 Registration and light lunch


12:00 Welcome

Nina Sindre, Coordinator of International Affairs, NTNU


Video from the seminar (in Norwegian)

12:05–13:15 Session 1: Why mobility and why choose Japan?

12:05 Cooperating with Japan in R&D (pptx)

Julie Christiansen, Senior Adviser RCN- The Research Council of Norway

12:15 Cooperation with Japan - the role of student mobility (pptx)

Arne Haugen, Senior Adviser SiU - Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education

12:25 Internationalization at NTNU (pptx)

Hilde Skeie, Head of Section, Office of International Relations, NTNU

12:35 Connecting Research, Education and innovation – Exchange and Internships (pptx)

Svein Grandum, PhD, Counsellor Science, Technology and Higher Education, Innovation Norway Tokyo

12:45 Information about studying in Japan (pptx)

Hiroshi Matsumoto, PhD, Senior Adviser, Science, Technology and Higher Education, Innovation Norway, Tokyo and Senior adviser for NTNU in Japan

13:00 Q & A 


13:15  Break


13:30–14:30 Session 2: What do student mobility, internship and exchange mean for your academic development and professional career? 

13:30 KIFEE -The Kyoto International Forum for Energy and Environment: Mobility activities through the Intpart project (pptx)

Professor Bjørn E. Christensen, Department of Biotechnology, NTNU

13:45 Experiences as a PhD candidate and NTNUs Japan programme

Professor Espen Moe, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU

14:00 Exchange year at Tokyo University 15/16 (pptx)

Dara Goldar, Student, Department of Physics, NTNU

14:15 Working as a trainee in Japan (pptx)

Hanne Siri Heglum, Former exchange student and trainee

14:30  Break and refreshments


15:00–15.45    Session 3: Funding opportunities and practical advice

15:00 Japanese Government Scholarship Programmes (MEXT-scholarship programmes) (pptx)

Ryoko Tsuchiyama, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Norway

15:15 Student Exchange to Japan (pptx)

Julia Zazhigina, Higher executive officer, Office of International Relations, NTNU

15:30 JSPS mobility schemes for PhDs, post docs and researchers (pptx)

Yuriko Kawakubo, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)


15:45 Break


16.00–16.35  Session 4: Doing Business with Japan

16:00 Understanding Japanese business culture (pptx)

Kristin Rygg, Associate Professor, The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

16:15 Business and R&D activities in Japanese market (pptx)

Takeshi Saito, Research Scientist, Hydro Aluminium, Research and Technology Development (RTD)

16:30 Why do business with Japan?

  • Tormod Njølstad, CTO, EPSON Norway R & D, Trondheim
  • Hans Ove Kristiansen, Business Development Manager, Doble TransiNor AS

16:45 –18:00  Networking and finger food

Venue: Aula, NTNU Main Building, Gløshaugen Campus, Trondheim

  • Embassy of Japan in Norway
  • NTNU's Office in Japan and NorAlumni Japan
  • NTNU's Office of International Relations
  • Former exchange students
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About the seminar

Japan is one of the world’s leading research nations, and NTNU has a strong focus on increasing cooperation with Japan in research, education and innovation.

When it comes to student mobility, at least 40% of our full-degree students should have completed an exchange visit las ting from six months to one year during their programme of study. 

The objective of the seminar is to:

  • Inspire and encourage increased mobility between NTNU and Japan for bachelor, master and PhD students - including exchange in general, full programmes of study, and internships in Japanese companies. 
  • Provide academic and practical information about opportunities for exchange and internships - including introduction to Japanese educational systems, study opportunities and student life.

The groups we are focusing on are:
i)    Students, researchers, PhDs  and academic communities with an interest in Japan
ii)    Programme leaders 
iii)   Business and industry with Norwegian-Japanese links.