WHAT IS JNSC?
WHAT TO EXPECT
Conferences facilitate diverse types of cultural exchange. As aforementioned, there is an official theme that is discussed by the students. This overarching theme is divided into more specific sub-themes which are assigned to small teams of students from both universities. Both groups prepare and present a short presentation on their sub-theme, which is afterwards discussed in mixed groups of Japanese and Dutch students. This way students are able to listen to a Japanese and a Dutch perspective on the same sub-themes and compare their experiences.
Experts from various fields give short seminars on topics relevant to the theme, which gives the students an opportunity to hear a specialized perspective on the theme at hand.
Another type of cultural exchange comes in the form of field trips to different places of cultural and historical importance and company sites. Places such as Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima have been visited during past conferences in Japan, whereas in The Netherlands students have visited Amsterdam, Bourtange, The Hague, and more. In addition to this, in times that the conference is held in Japan Dutch members have the opportunity to explore Tokyo and other famous landmarks before the conference starts, to get a cultural basis of what Japan has to offer.