In front of the Audimax

Japanese Week at the Rub

Japan and Germany – two cultures that have been closely linked for 150 years. In 2011, 150 years of friendship between Germany and Japan will be celebrated.

The RUB has been maintaining a scientific exchange with Japanese partner universities for more than 40 years. Scientists in the faculties of Medicine, Physics, Law, Biology, Social Sciences, Chemistry, Geography and many other disciplines are undertaking research with Japanese colleagues. Since 1965, the faculty of East Asian Studies has been carrying out intense research relating to Japanese culture, language, politics and economics.

This connection will be put in perspective from 21st - 25th November: During the course of the anniversary year, the RUB will host a Japanese Week, supported by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK).

Learn more about the RUB's collaboration with Japanese partners in different scientific symposia, gain information about exchange possibilities for students and scientists at the Japan Info Day, prepare yourself for your research period in Japan at the Landesspracheninstitut's (LSI) two-day workshop, try out traditional Japanese art in the origami, haiku, ikebana and calligraphy workshops, take part in the karaoke night and enjoy Japanese food in the cafeteria.

The catastrophe which hit Japan on 11th March has aroused great sympathy at the Ruhr-Universität and we are grieving with our Japanese friends. The Japanese Week is also a means to strengthen the scientific exchange between the RUB and its Japanese partner universities and will confirm that it is well worth getting to know this country!

Programme Highlights

23rd November, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Audimax foyer
Several organisations will present their Japan-specific programmes, along with exchange and support opportunities at the information stands and in the form of lectures.
Available to everyone who is interested. Short lectures will take place between 11:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

22nd November, 4:00pm - 6:00pm followed by a "get together", Veranstaltungszentrum room 3 (cafeteria building)
German and Japanese partners will give account of their collaborations and the advantages/disadvantages of their relationship.
Open to everyone interested.

24th/25th November, all day
The Landesspracheninstitut (LSI) offers RUB scientists an introduction to the Japanese language, along with insights into the Japanese culture and the day-to-day work at Japanese universities.

21 November, 9:00am - 6:00pm, seminar rooms 1, 2 and 3 in the cafeteria building
Renowned German and Japanese scientists will present the latest results of their research on HIV. Not only experts, but also students and junior researchers are welcome.

21st - 25th November, several times and locations
In addition to the scientific events, an extensive programme including workshops, performances and exhibitions will be conducted.

24th November, 7-11 pm, Euro-Eck
A team of German and Japanese Students prepared a wide programme including karaoke and origami.

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Join in and experience Japanese culture live:

Mon 21st Nov, 10:00am - 12:00pm, cafeteria building, room 3.
Learn more about this traditional Japanese poetic form and write haikus yourself!

Mon 21st Nov, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, cafeteria building, room 3.
Learn more about the Japanese art of flower arranging and try it yourself!

Mon 21st Nov, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Euroeck.
Richard Schwering and Dennis Urra will give you an insight into one of the most widely practised forms of martial arts.

Thurs 24th Nov, 10:00am - 12:00pm, cafeteria building, room 3.
Fold your way to small works of art in the origami workshop!

Fri 25th Nov, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, cafeteria building, room 3.
'Go' is a strategic board game for two players. The aim of the game is to take your counters and conquer the largest territory possible.


Ulrike Herrlich
International Office

Judith Coenenberg
Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie