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News Letter from the Center for International Education and Research, Wakayama University, ~November 2014 Issue~

News Letter from the Center for International Education and Research, Wakayama University, ~November 2014 Issue~

【Foreign students Accepted in Autumn Semester】

The number of foreign students at Wakayama University registered as of October 1st reached 206 and included among them are the eight who were accepted in October as the Japanese Studies Students sponsored by the Japanese Government Scholarship. Further, three of them are from China with one each coming from Sri Lanka, Columbia, Austria, Russia and Korea. With regard to their housing condition, some of the government-sponsored students started sharing rooms last year among themselves in ST World Residence. This year, we added another housing facility, “Share House” to accommodate the foreign and Japanese students who choose to share rooms with each other. In fact, some of them have just started room-sharing recently. We hope they deepen mutual understanding as they share the joy and sorrow under one roof of the “Share-House” while learning cultures and languages from each other.


Speaking of the Exchange Students accepted in October, we have nine students in total. Five of them were registered at the Faculty of Education with two being from China and one each from Vietnam, Australia and France. In addition, four students from France are registered at the Faculty of Economics. Over the years, we have received increasing number of requests from all the municipal schools for their first to ninth graders in Wakayama city and its neighboring cities. The local schools invariably ask us for sending our foreign students to their cultural and language exchange classes. Such a wide popularity, to our delight, has created a plenty of chances for grassroots international cultural exchange. Delegated students, when they have no class to attend, introduce their countries and their cultures to school children who are full of curiosity. As such, the foreign students at Wakayama University are doing something great to our regional communities. What a nice contribution they are making now!


Let us mention about another form of help offered by the foreign students at Wadai. We have an on-campus program, called “Tagengo Salon” (Multi-Language Salon), which we designed to get Japanese students exposed to foreign languages. We started the program in 2013 and nine foreign students will be respectively conducting classes during the period from 10th of November through the 16th of January with the following workloads; Spanish: 2 Classes, French: 2 Classes, Chinese: 2 Classes, English, Bulgarian, Thai: 1 Class


【Project: The Joint Tour with Foreign Students to Study the World Heritage Site in Wakayama】

This year marks the 10th anniversary of World Heritage Inscription granted to the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. Irony, however, is that many foreign students at Wadai in the past returned home without enjoying the privilege of visiting such site of world-class quality located so close to where they had lived. So, we planned the study tour project jointly with WIN CONCORD and the project qualified for subsidy from The Nakajima Foundation. Thus, the Foundation’s generosity fortunately sent 31 foreign students with some other Japanese participants to an overnight trip to Kumano region on the 5th of September. For details of the trip, please go and see the website of the university linked below. (Sorry, Japanese language only)http://www.wakayama-u.ac.jp/ier/file/2014.9.sekai-isan-manabu.pdf


【Joint Educational Program Among Three Universities from Japan, Indonesia and Thailand 】

We implemented the first joint educational program among three universities for 6 days beginning 20th of November, joined by two participating universities, Universitas Gadjah Mada of Indonesia and Kasetsart University of Thailand. At the time of formal signing when our university entered into a new Exchange Agreement with the subject universities, a certain joint project was proposed among the three universities. The project was designed to give the participating students a chance to think and discuss about the one same selected issue and put their idea into real actions toward problem solution. The student team is made up of 4 students from Universitas Gadjah Mada of Indonesia, 5 from Kasetsart University of Thailand and 6 from Wakayama University. They studied collectively the current situation of both deserted farming villages in Wakayama and dazzling growth of a big city, Osaka. The project should serve as an excellent educational opportunity since the participants made summary presentation in the end in a setting where even the students who are not project participants were welcome to attend.

 
【Post Script】

How do you like the first issue of our News Letter? We would be happy if we can bring you back to the days at Wadai, which, we hope, always rekindle a very fond memory of yours. Not only that, will you please tell your story as Senpai to the foreign students studying here now by answering, for instance, the following questions; What was your learning experience at Wadai all about? What was it like living in Japan, and Wakayama in particular? Any other suggestion you consider helpful to the foreign students would be appreciated. One more thing, please let us hear from you about how things are going where you are as we always want to remain connected with you. We will post what you tell us on the university website, of course, subject to your consent. We would like to share your latest news with the people in Wadai community. Last but not the least important, please be sure to come and see us at Wadai campus when you visit Japan next time. So, once again, we, all of us here at the Center for IER anxiously wait to hear from you very soon.

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