“Joint Seminar Exchange Meeting for International Students and Japanese Students” Held.
On Saturday, July 4, 2015, a joint seminar exchange meeting was held at the Makino Botanical Garden for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and mutual exchanges between international students and Japanese students. It was the third year of the seminar, and a total of 31 people, including 14 international students, 10 Japanese students and faculty members attended the meeting.
In this joint seminar, similar to last year, the international students gave presentations on their partner universities in their home countries, and the Japanese students gave presentations about their study abroad experiences at the partner universities overseas. Respective presenters were successful in creating attractive presentations with various colorful pictures. The students’ presentations included the study abroad experiences in Sweden, China and the U.S., and the attending students were delighted to hear about their fellow students’ actual experiences in different countries, whose national character and weather conditions are very different from Japan. After the presentation, the participants enthusiastically asked questions, showing their hopes and expectations for studying abroad. Regarding the tutoring activities, detailed explanations were given on how to provide support to international students, providing useful information for the Japanese students who are interested in serving as tutors.
After the seminar, participants took a stroll in the botanical garden and, in spite of the rainy weather, they had a pleasant time walking around, observing various plants and visiting Chikurin-ji Temple located nearby. According to the questionnaire conducted on the participants, there were many positive comments such as “It was a very good seminar,” “I learned a lot from the seminar,” and “I could make friends.” We would like to continue to create occasions for exchanges between the international students and Japanese students.