I was delighted to have chosen to take part in Stockholm University’s First International Teaching Week, where I had many opportunities to really understand the culture of Stockholm Business School through meeting with various academics, attending seminars and debates and delivering my own lecture on the gender roles in Japan versus Sweden and whether ‘womenomics’ can close the gender gap given these ingrained roles.
We visited the Swedish Institute for an insight into how the Swedish government works to promote Sweden as a study destination internationally and attended the Annual Spring lecture at SBS to learn more about the transparency guarantee in Swedish development aid from Assistant Professor Pontus Hedlin and former Minister of Development Assistance Gunilla Carlsson.
We were shown amazing hospitality by our hosts with a wonderful boat tour of Stockholm and opportunities to join in with the amazing afternoon coffee and cakes tradition called Fika.
I really came away with a desire to promote Stockholm as a place of study and hopefully to do more work. I made many contacts in my area of research and am in touch with the students I met there, who are all researching some really Japan related subjects. I hope to go back very soon!