I took my studies very seriously this year --it has been the most rigorous learning experience in my life. Class assignments and getting ready for presentations are a lot of work, but I'm having so much fun with researching about topics I'm interested in and active learning classes where holding discussions are the main activity. I'm able to lead a very fulfilling student life. There are many international students around me, and I think that being able to learn about different cultural backgrounds and constantly getting to know new perspectives and values are also a part of what makes this department special. Many of the students here are eager to challenge themselves to new things, which inspires me to become actively involved in various events.
We won the On-campus round of the Hult Prize Challenge held in 2019. It was very difficult to put together our team members' opinions in a limited amount of time until the contest.
I participated in the international business-plan competition for students called the Hult Prize Challenge. Our team made it out of the preliminaries and we're getting ready to compete on the global stage. We are now in the midst of polishing our business proposal.
I decided to enroll here because I was interested in learning in an international community. This department offers many classes that implement active learning, in which students from various countries engage in group work and discussions, and is always full of opportunities to take on new challenges. I find it also interesting to collaborate with Japanese students and get to know firsthand the unique Japanese values and conceptions, which are things that I wouldn't have understood from just observing. I wish to work at a global company in the future.
As part of the Community Engagement Program (CEP), I stayed in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture, and researched ways to attract foreign tourists to the city. I put my perspective as a foreigner to use and made suggestions on how the city should advertise its local charms to be chosen as a tourist destination.
At Kyotango City, I was invited as a member of the community to participate in the Kumihama Festival. By working together with the locals, I felt a sense of unity among us.
Ever since I enrolled at KUFS, I challenged myself to do many things including volunteering, interning, and taking part in student-led events. I try to act when my instincts tell me "I want to do it" because I think that any experience, including failures, will enable me to grow as a person. On such occasions, the Professors in this Department are the people who are there for me. They help me through their personal networks both in and out of Japan as well as their own personal experiences. They are very supportive of students who are up for new challenges. I am trying to go all out on things I can only do now, and determine my goals.
When I participated in the Community Engagement Program in Malaysia, I engaged in Japanese language education at a Peace Education Center and a social welfare facility that the Rohingya people go to. I learned that we can understand one another despite our cultural and generational differences if we get to know each other directly.
This year, in 2020, KUFS will host the Japan University English Model United Nations (JUEMUN), an event where students from all over the world gather to have debates. I will be taking on the role of Student Coordinator to facilitate the event.
I chose to enroll here because the Faculty's motto "Be a Changemaker" resonated with me. I knew from early on that if I were to mature as a person, I wanted to influence others to change as well. In this Department, I enjoy the many discussions we get to have with students from all over the world and learn about different perspectives and values. I'm up for anything if my actions can make someone happy. I'm also involved in creating opportunities for my peers and younger students who want to try new things, and make sure to provide them the support they need.
At Toronto, my group visited a non-profit organization that supports young people, providing them with leadership training through building bicycles. We listened to their stories about how passionate they are to support people who are in need of help.
As part of the Community Engagement Program, I went to Toronto, Canada. We were divided into four groups --art, tourism, social welfare, and sports --and planned our own projects to act on. We compiled our research results into brochures and websites to share them publicly.
You might feel a little lost at first, but I think you'll get used to it quickly. Even if you aren't that great at English, spending four years here should certainly improve your ability. I think it's actually a very fascinating environment!
Feel free to ask someone about anything you're having trouble with, whether you didn't catch something during a class, are having trouble with writing a report, or want some tips on presentations. I'm always happy to be approached by Japanese students.
You choose your course from your second academic year. In the "International Cooperation Course" you'll consider solutions for issues on a global scale, such as poverty, human rights, peace, and the environment. I'd recommend it if you're interested in working at an international organization.
The "Global Business Course" involves thinking of ways to contribute to society through business. It's the perfect choice if you're interested in economics or want to work at a global company.
Some professors have worked at international organizations like the U.N., while others were active in global companies. They have plenty of very interesting stories from the field, such as how to get into that kind of work, and what they felt made their work worth doing.