Dr. Irena Srdanovic
Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) /
Visiting Researcher at the National Institute for Japanese Language (Oct 2012 - Oct 2013)
I was the first PhD student at Tokyo Institute of Technology coming from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, the major university in Slovenia. I studied at the Department of Human System Science, Graduate School of Decision Sciences and Technology, under the supervision of Prof. Kikuko Nishina. During that period I greatly appreciated the opportunity to join various large-scale research projects, experience science-café meetings and cooperate with people of various research fields.
Thanks to a fruitful collaboration between Prof. Andrej Bekes from the University of Ljubljana and Prof. Nishina Kikuko, the first agreement for cooperation between our universities, Tokyo Tech's International Student Center and the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Arts, was created in 2007.
Since that time a number of short and long-term visits of professors from both universities have taken place, which contributed to sharing and widening research expertise especially in relation to Japanese language didactics and successful implementation of theoretical linguistic frameworks into practical computer-assisted language education.
We have just extended the cooperation agreement between the universities, coordinated on the Japanese side by Prof. Naoki Takei from Tokyo Tech's International Student Center. Within a bilateral project of cooperation between Slovenia and Japan, lead by Prof. Chikako Shigemori Bucar from the University of Ljubljana, a number of teachers from our university visited Tokyo Tech to discuss broadening further cooperation.
The University of Ljubljana has mutual agreements with various universities in Europe, Japan and beyond. The study programs, including Japanese studies and programs at various technical and natural sciences faculties, have double majors and joint degrees, which allows for extensive interdisciplinary integration. Therefore we intend to widen and foster our relations with Tokyo Tech to further increase the mobility of students and teachers at both universities including various faculties and disciplines.
The 14th International Conference of EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies) will be held at the University of Ljubljana on August 27-30th 2014, and we look forward to hosting researchers from Tokyo Tech, Japan, and all over the world.
Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin No.30 (May, 2013)