Our mission is to foster strong connections between Swiss and Japanese universities and research institutes. We strive to enhance collaboration, innovation, and exchange of knowledge through a variety of programs and initiatives. Our goal is to build a robust network that supports academic excellence and mutual growth in both nations.


The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)-Swissnex Staff Mobility Program is designed to enhance professional development and cross-cultural exchange. We provide a precise list of contacts that align with the needs of your project.

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The NextStep Mobility Program provides an internship opportunity to recent graduates of the Vocational Education Training (VET) system. From high-tech corporations to hands-on craft studios, we seek host companies that value innovation, knowledge transfer, and the invigorating spirit of talented youth.

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Minami Kotani

Head of Academic Relations

Minami Kotani is the Head of Academic Relations at Swissnex in Japan. She holds an MSci in Chemistry from UCL and an International Baccalaureate from Lycem Alupinum Zuoz. She has been actively promoting academic relations between Switzerland and Japan for over two years.