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MATS Graduation Ceremony goes virtual



12 February 2021

As in the HCTS tradition, every year a ceremony is organized to celebrate the new graduate students from the
M.A. Transcultural Studies (MATS). Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, in 2021 the MATS graduation ceremony will be held online on Thursday, February 18.
The ceremony, starting at 6 p.m., will follow the usual format: the event opens with the welcoming remarks by HCTS speaker
Prof. Harald Fuess, followed by the congratulatory message delivered by the
MATS Fachschaftsrat (council of student representatives). After that, the floor is open to a round of special contributions by professors and the graduates; this year´s speakers will be Prof. Barbara Mittler and graduate student Lizeth Natalia Ortiz Carreno. The customary reception with food and drinks will be held digitally, too.
You can find the programme and list of awarded students
Link to virtual event:


Prof. Joachim KurtzGraduate Programme Speaker
Prof. Christiane BrosiusMaster Programme Speaker
Dr. Oliver LamersGraduate Programme Manager
Dr. Takuma MelberMaster Programme Coordinator

The HCTS houses two interdisciplinary and international study programmes:
- The
Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) was established in 2008 as three year, structured doctoral programme.
- The
M.A. Transcultural Studies (MATS) was established in 2011 as two-year, research orientated master programme. This includes the Joint Master Degree Program in Transcultural Studies, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Letters of Kyoto University.
In line with the HCTS’ research aims, both programmes strive to enhance the understanding of themulti-layered inter-actions between and within Asia and Europe byexamining the processes of exchange between cultures and establishing the concept of transculturality as a basic approach in the humanities and social sciences.