The last open campus event of this academic year was held on Sunday, September 1st. In the pleasant weather with cloudy skies that blocked the blaze of the sun, 1,560 participants (790 high school students and 770 guardians) visited our campus.
After the student-led jazz club kicked off the opening program with their performance of “Les Champs-Élysées”, Professor Makoto Kurata, Dean of Faculty of Foreign Studies, and Professor Jeff Berglund, Chair of Department of Global Tourism, climbed on stage. Introducing the old familiar phrase of “This is a pen” in the styles of NHK, commercial television, and the comedic Yoshimoto Shinkigeki, the two professors introduced KUFS in a witty manner that was also inclusive of the audience. One participant commented, “there were many programs that let me feel a sense of closeness to KUFS, and I could really see how appealing this university is.”
In the mock classes where visitors can experience a college class, one participant said, “I got along with someone I met for the first time in English. I would really want to study here.” In the “KUFS’s method of studying English” by Professor Takahiro Ono of Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of British and American Studies, another participant shared how inspiring it was to hear the professor talk about increasing vocabulary.
A total of 4,660 high school students, or 8,760 including guardians, participated in the open campus events held this academic year. There were not only university hopefuls, but also first and second-grade high school students and their guardians who seemed to be highly curious of KUFS.