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2018/04/23 20:40:00 New Student Orientation 2018

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  • Posted byDepartment of Global Studies
Wow! What a great start to the new Department of Global Studies we had on Monday April 9th. All the new students, teachers and DGA sempai student leaders involved made the first DGS Orientation Day a real success, and set us well and truly on the path to a bright future. The morning information gathering session on campus laid a solid foundation for the whole event, with some fantastic presentations by Professors Campbell, Reynolds and Klaphake providing essential advice and encouragement to the new students as they embark on their university life. Four sempai students also gave some interesting insights into the opportunities open to their kohai in regard to extra-curricular activities and projects.

After a full morning of sitting, listening, thinking and laughing, it was time to get up and go. With a packed lunch of sandwiches and drinks provided, the new students and the sempai leaders took off into the city for a fun-filled, action packed afternoon of citywide exploration – A Kyoto Safari! Broken up into four teams, the whole gang spread out to the four points of the compass to investigate (for many of them) their new home. Clutching tightly their one-day travel cards, each team spent over five hours visiting such iconic spots as Fushimi-inari, Arashiyama, Shimogamo Shrine and Heian Shrine. Thankfully, the rain held off, and after a full afternoon of tramping around Kyoto, they all managed to return safely to the university, tired and hungry but looking forward to building on new friendships at the buffet style dinner party that had been laid on for them in LIBRE.

The evening party was a welcome chance to relax and chat with new friends and the teachers, and enjoy some great food and drink. Surprisingly, despite the afternoon’s exertions, a good many in the crowd were happy to take to the dance floor and show off their moves as they boogied on down to a great set from DJ Hashim, a regular record spinner at many Gaidai Friday night parties. All good things must come to an end, however, and before we knew it, it was all over. The lights went up and the new students drifted off into the night, laughing, chatting, and exchanging LINE addresses and “see you tomorrow’s”. Yes, first classes started for all the very next morning at 9:10 a.m.

Overall, this was a great day for a great department.
  • Professor Reynolds Shares Tips for Better Presentations
  • The afternoon adventure is about to begin!
  • Evening DJ Party at LIBRE

2018/04/04 06:30:00 Welcome DGS students 2018!

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  • Posted byDepartment of Global Studies
Dear new students,

Welcome to Kyoto Gaidai. My name is Professor Kevin Ramsden, and I am the new Chair/Head of the Department of Global Studies. It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our university and a brand new department and faculty. You are the very first students in this new department and that makes you pioneers and pathfinders. I’m sure you have a wonderful four years ahead of you, and we are all looking forward to working for you, and with you, to make your time at the university a very special one. You will have the opportunity to really improve your language skills, and also build your knowledge in many areas of Global Studies towards becoming real changemakers in every sense of the word.

As you know, all your instruction in class will be in English in this department, so you will need to be prepared to work well with your peers and teachers to succeed in this environment. Cooperation and collaboration are at the heart of our study philosophy in the DGS, and we hope you will take up the challenge of this way of learning and support each other 100% both inside and outside the classroom. Always feel free to ask your teachers and sempai when you are not sure about something, and know we are going to do our very best to make your experience at Kyoto Gaidai a wonderful and positive one.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing you all in class very soon.

Take care,

Kevin

2018/04/02 17:10:00 Entrance Ceremony 2018

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  • Posted byDepartment of Global Studies
The Entrance Ceremony for the brand new Faculty of Global Engagement was held today in Morita Hall at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. In attendance were students, parents, family members and teachers, all gathered to celebrate the beginning of the 2018 academic year.

Department of Global Studies students all sat together in good spirits. After listening to inspiring speeches from both President Matsuda and Chancellor Morita, students received greetings of encouragement from distinguished professors on stage.

Finally, a representative of the student body presented President Matsuda with a formal declaration of acceptance on behalf of all students. Thus the Faculty of Global Engagement officially began.

With the Pax Mundi Per Linguas motto deep within their hearts, students are now ready to explore, learn, and engage with the world around them.
  • President Matsuda gives his opening speech.
  • Chair of the Department of Global Studies, Kevin Ramsden, greets incoming students.
  • Faculty of Global Engagement student handing over the formal declaration to President Matsuda.

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