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    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
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    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
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    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
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Blog:Jul, 2010

Study abroad @ Beijing

 

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Name in full:Murata Koichi
Nationality:Japanese
Field of Study  at Waseda : School of Commerce
Academic Supervisor at Waseda:Professor Uchida Kazunari
Country visited:People's Republic of China
Length of study:September 2007 to August 2008
University visited:Peking University
Affiliated program at visited University:School of International Studies

What is the most impressive memory at that university?:
There was a big soccer tournament between the various undergraduate schools at Peking University. I joined this tournament as a member of the School of International Studies. There aren't many males in the School of International Studies and it has students from many different countries such as Sweden, Singapore, Korea, and Kazakhstan making communication difficult; every year the school ranked toward the bottom of the pack. However, I had been playing soccer since a young age and wanted to win, so I talked to everyone in the school.

Even if each individual's skills are not high, if everyone's strengths were utilized, we were sure to be a better team. We had many practice sessions and strategy meetings to harness everyone's strengths. As we won first one game, then another, even the members who thought winning was impossible started to become united in spirit. Also, since no one had had high expectations of us, everyone reacted strongly to our wins with graduate students of the school and undergraduates of other schools coming out to cheer us on.

After beating the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science which was said to be one of the contenders for the championship, we were able to move to the final rounds. There, we were to play against the School of School of Government, the tournament favorite. It had been snowing the day before the final game and the field had some snow left in some areas. Even though it was cold, the stadium was filled with spectators. When the final whistle of the long tournament spanning 3 months was blown, the members of the School of International Studies team ended up crying. The result was a loss of 0-3. I had collapsed on the field when the captain came and gave me a hand. He said, "Don't cry. Because of you, we made some great memories". I can't forget these words.

No matter how different the country or language, the wish to win was the same for everyone. Even if we didn't speak the same language, I feel that we were able to understand each other because we wanted to communicate. Making friends across national borders through sports is the best memory for me.

How did the exchange program change your life decisions, your life style?:
I participated in a very large International Festival at Peking University. There, international students were enjoying themselves and I was able to perform the "so-ran bushi". I also made new friends and memories while going around to booths from various countries. Unfortunately, there are not many Japanese universities that hold such International Festivals on a large scale. Even though Waseda University has over 3000 international students, there are not many opportunities for Japanese students to interact with international students and I also had questions about whether international students were enjoying their time in Japan. With the hopes to have international students enjoy Japan more, to have Japanese students turn their eyes to the world, and to connect international and Japanese students, I decided to create a large scale International Festival at Waseda University.

Creating something from nothing was more difficult than I had imagined. Since there was no track record, there was no trust. But, with the strong aspirations to succeed, I was able to gain cooperation of many people. Last June, we were able to realize the "Waseda Global Festival" with the help of the International Community Center and the many student groups, international exchange groups and various countries' performance groups. I want to express my appreciation to the members who helped create this festival from scratch and to all involved parties. It is only a small step forward, but I hope that international students will be able to enjoy Japan through this festival and that it will act as a catalyst to raise interest in foreign countries for Japanese students.

(This article was written in February 2010)

 

My experience at Waseda

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Name in full : Jill Mowbray
Nationality : Australian
Period attended at Waseda : 2004-05
Affiliation / Program at Waseda : Intensive Japanese course (BEKKA)

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I took part in Waseda’s Intensive Japanese course (BEKKA) as an exchange year from my home university (Australian National University) from 2004-5.  It was my first experience living in Japan – though I had visited previously for a period of 2 weeks.  Unlike a lot of the other BEKKA students, I was living with a Japanese family member – so for me the experience was also in many ways similar to a home stay.  I was living in the neighbouring prefecture of Saitama, so on my commute I also rubbed shoulders with the millions of other students, and office workers riding the train to Tokyo everyday.

While my undergraduate course in Australia majored in Japanese, the moment I got out of the airport, I had an overwhelming realisation – that in real terms, my Japanese ability wasn’t really up to scratch!   Being totally surrounded by a language, is a very different thing to learning in a classroom.  Similarly living in Japan for a set period (at the time for me, one year) feels very different to short, limited visits.  It is also the most invaluable experience you could have to improve your skills, and get to know what language learning is really all about.  All the classes in the intensive course are held in Japanese, and there are quite a few class hours.  Each week, you spend a significant period of time learning, with others foreign students Japanese.. the rest of your time you can spend using the skills you gain in the classroom to begin the real learning. 

It’s an overused cliché, but living in Japan feels as though you have been thrown in the deep end of language learning – and you learn to swim pretty quick.  Having said that there are always loads of supports systems there for you, plus the ones you can build yourself.  The staff at the Center for International Education are one of your most important touchstones – the help and support I received there was invaluable, and an enduring memories from my Waseda time.  Don’t underestimate yourself and try and join a club or circle.  They form a huge part of the Japanese University lifestyle, and are a way to make some Japanese friends and get to know what being in Japan is really about – using your Japanese for real communication!

After finishing the intensive course at Waseda I returned home to ANU and graduated with a Arts/Asian Studies(Specialist) majoring in Japanese and English Literature.  After graduating I spent 2 years in Mie Prefecture, teaching English with the JET program (The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme).  Now, I am studying as a research student at Tokyo University and hoping to enter as a Masters Thesis Student from 2010.  I’m currently focussed on getting my Japanese level to a point where I can start translating novels.  I am also translating for a few art/design magazines, and hopefully can continue to do extend my Japanese abilities through translation projects in the publishing arena.

(This article was written in July 2009)

 

 

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