Jun 12, 2019

Sylff@Tokyo: Ruhr-University Bochum Launches “Sylff College”

Christiane Wüllner and Jörn Benzinger, standing center, with members of the Sylff Association secretariat.

On May 20, 2019, Christiane Wüllner and Jörn Benzinger of Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) visited the Sylff Association secretariat in Tokyo. Wüllner is currently the managing director of the RUB Research School and a key member of the RUB Sylff Steering Committee. Benzinger is the coordinator of international affairs. The two, on their first visit to Japan, were attending university fairs in Tokyo and Osaka to invite prospective students to apply to RUB.

It was also an opportunity to discuss the Sylff new scheme at RUB in 2017. RUB has launched a uniquely structured “Sylff College” with a mission to facilitate multidisciplinary research. The first  group of Sylff fellows share an academic theme, “forced migration,” enabling each to develop his or her research while collaborating in various ways, such as organizing international academic conferences. Other students and professors have become interested in this theme, and the group has subsequently grown.

We hope that “Sylff College” evolves in creative and positive ways in the years ahead.