An online exchange meeting was held with Kenji Yamamoto (graduated in 2022), a graduate of Department of French Studies and dispatched to the Embassy of Japan in Senegal, as a guest on Monday, July 17th.
This time, He/she became a dispatched representative immediately after graduating from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and is working in Senegal, talked about his/her work, his/her school days, and life in Senegal with the title of "A 22-year-old new graduate tried to work in Africa!".
He/she has a history of participating in an international online French debate competition and winning, inspired by the frustration of not being able to study abroad due to the covid-19 pandemic. The experience of having discussions in French with students from various countries is now useful in working with Senegalese people.
There were 21 participants in this exchange meeting, and we received comments after the exchange meeting such as "I thought it was wonderful that he/she could make good use of what he/she had learned and experienced at university," "I was interested in being dispatched to the Embassy overseas so it was a good lesson," "I was inspired to develop my own career by hearing about acting in Senegal, an unfamiliar country,” and “My horizons after graduation have broadened.”
We think it was a great opportunity to learn that there are places where Department of French Studies graduates will be able to play an active role in the African continent, where 59% of French-speaking people live.