Report on Baden-Württemberg State World Seminar 2017
Associate Professor Makoto Nagasawa (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
On October 22th, 2017, Associate Professor Makoto Nagasawa (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences) participated in the World Seminar 2017 hosted by the State of Baden-Württemberg (BW), Germany. Sponsored by the BW state, University of Stuttgart coordinated this event as inviting total 15 university administrators and scholars in international affairs from 9 countries from different regions in the world. Prof. Nagasawa was invited by University of Ulm, a top research university in the BW State and one of international partners of Saitama University (SU). The goal of this event was set to broaden international recognition of the higher education institutions in the BW state and its system, and accelerate the interactions with the world.
The BW state is located in the south west of Germany. Represented by the headquarters of Mercedes, this state is most economically developed and it has the highest educational standards in the nation among the 16 autonomous states. Including, known as the oldest higher education institution in the nation, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, there are many top higher education institutions in this state.
At the welcome session, we had a warm greetings and the introduction of the German education system presented by Dr. Hans-Georg Wolf of Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of BW. During the week, we explored various higher education institutions of different types as listed below together with their historical and cultural excursions: University of Stuttgart, University of Freiburg, Ludwigsburg University of Education, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, Königin-Olga-Stift Gymnasium, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Johann-Friedrich-von-Cotta-Schule Vocational Business School, Stuttgart Museum of Viniculture, University of Music and Performing Arts, and University of Hohenheim.
During this a-week long intensive international workshop, we’ve learned the German higher education system and their regional culture and traditions. As we see the fact that this event was mostly sponsored by the BW state government, it suggests the importance of internationalization of their higher education system. During recent years, SU has increased its German partners up to 8 universities, and the number of student exchange with them counts over 100 for inbound and outbound last 15 years. I’d like to increase the number of German partners that would enhance more active student and scholastic exchanges, and I’d like to deepen my knowledge on the system further more as for my comparative research in the future.
Finally, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the staff members of Stuttgart University for their diligent and punctual management, the international participants for the joy of learning during the on and off times, the State of Baden-Württemberg and SU’s Lab-to-Lab Program for the generous financial supports.