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The DAAD in Japan
Japanese-German academic exchange has a long history in Japan as has the work of the DAAD in Japan. The first Japanese scholarship holder was the famous artist Kaii Higashiyama, who studied in Berlin between 1933 and 1935.
The DAAD Regional Office in Tokyo was founded in 1978. Since then, our work is to provide information about study and research in Germany. Every year we support numerous Japanese exchange students and researchers in Germany with scholarships. The funding reaches from individual scholarships to the financial support of scientific projects, university cooperations and conferences.
We offer free consultation about studying in Germany for study beginners, graduates, doctoral students and for experienced academics. Whether you want to know about admission to German universities, the German scientific landscape or about university cooperation – we always try to provide you the information you need. Please use our contact form, if you have any questions!
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… is the director of the Tokyo office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo). Previously, he worked at the DAAD Head Office in Bonn in the Strategy Department, where he led the development of the online data portal HSI-Monitor – Profile Data on University Internationality and conducted studies and analyses on student mobility and innovation performance of countries in the Asia Pacific, among other things. Axel Karpenstein is a political scientist and economist (MA, MPhil Columbia University) and has spent more than 20 years in Japan, including as an exchange student at Minami-Tama High School in Hachioji, as a MEXT/DAAD-funded exchange student at Kumamoto University, and as Associate Professor of Politics and Economics at Saitama University. There, his responsibilities also included managing the overseas internship program of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and co-managing the university’s internationalization project.
Head of Programs of the DWIH Tokyo / Deputy Director of the DAAD Tokyo
…is Deputy Director of the DAAD Office Tokyo and Head of Programs at the DWIH Tokyo (German Centre for Research and Innovation in Tokyo. She manages the centre’s day-to-day operations, closely stays in touch with the Advisory Board members and Japanese partners at place and develops the DWIHs event concepts.
She received her PhD at Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and her thesis on the Japanese concept of “self-responsibility” was published in 2021 by the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ). She completed a double degree program and holds an M.A. in Japanese Studies from Keio University Tokyo and Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. She has extensive journalistic experience and worked at several broadcasting stations before joining the DAAD Tokyo in 2015 as Marketing Officer.
… joined the team in April 2018. She has an appointment as DAAD visiting lecturer at Keio University. At the Regional Office Tokyo, she acts as senior program officer, mainly being in charge of the DAAD program for German-speaking university teachers in Japan and for German studies in Japan.
… takes care of the administration and finances of the Regional Office Tokyo. She is also responsible for the DAAD follow-up programmes for Japanese.
… advises Japanese students about studying in Germany by phone and in person during office hours. She is also in charge of compiling information material including flyers and brochures, that are distributed at the DAAD Regional Office Tokyo. If you have questions about studying or researching in Germany, please refer to the page Contact.
… informs about the scholarships of DAAD Japan as well as programmes for VIP and researchers.
… supervises the associations of former scholarship holders in Japan: DAAD Tomo no Kai and the Association of Humboldtians in East Japan.
… supports the scholarship programmes for German undergraduates, graduates and young researchers. In addition, he researches developments in higher education and academic research in Japan. He has a background in Japanese studies and the study of religion, and was a MEXT scholar himself.
… administers the scholarship programme “Language and Practical Experience in Japan” for German graduate students and takes care of the Japanese DAAD alumni. He works closely with the alumni associations and organizes networking events.
… is the assistant for database and research on German and Japanese politics at the DAAD Tokyo.