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University Exchange Agreement with Université Paris Saclay (France)

On Friday, May 19, 2017, President Gilles Bloch of Université Paris-Saclay visited Osaka University to sign a university exchange agreement between the two universities.

Université Paris-Saclay is a national project led by the French government. The university consists of 2 universities, 9 grandes ecoles, and 7 national research organizations. To enhance the university's international presence and the creation of innovation, 15% percent of France's total research and development budget is invested in the university.

All of the doctorate level research and education programs provided by the member institutes are run by Université Paris Saclay, with doctorate degrees also conferred by the university. All master's programs are to be controlled by Université Paris Saclay, currently, 90% of master's programs from member institutes are run by the university.

Moving forward, Osaka University aims for cotutelle (joint programs at the doctorate level) with member schools, primarily Universite de Paris-Sud and Ecole polytechnique.

From Osaka University, six persons including Executive Vice President YAMANAKA Shinsuke, Director KODAMA Ryosuke of the Institute of Laser Engineering, Professor KUBO Takashi of the Graduate School of Science, and Associate Professor OBAYASHI Saori of the Center for Global Initiatives, were in attendance, while President Gilles Bloch, Vice President Keitaro Nakatani, and Director of International Development Guillaume Garreta were in attendance from Université Paris Saclay. The signing ceremony was pleasant from start to finish, with both universities reaffirming the importance of further collaboration. It is expected that this agreement will promote mutual exchange in education and research between the two schools.

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Executive Vice President Yamanaka and President Bloch, agreements in hand

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A scene from the discussion between the two universities

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Osaka University Global Industry-University Collaboration Initiative "Co-Creation for Overseas Development of Small Businesses" -- Explanatory Session by JICA

  Based on comprehensive talks at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year between Osaka University and JICA, the Global Initiative Center, in active collaboration with JICA, held an explanatory session on support for global development of small businesses at the Nakanoshima Center on Friday, May 26, 2017. JICA has been holding these seminars since the 2012-2013 academic year.

The session began with an explanation of "Overseas Development and global Industry-University Collaboration at Osaka University" by Professor Hirata of the Center for Global Initiatives. This was followed by "Overseas Development of Japanese Businesses through Collaboration with Osaka University - Examples of Businesses in Developing Nations" by Mr. Iida of the JICA Kansai International Center.

After the explanatory session, there were personal consultations, providing an opportunity for each company to consult with experts.

The venue was filled to capacity with representatives from a number of businesses, and attendees were able to deepen their understanding of the collaborative support between JICA and Osaka University.

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A scene from the explanatory session held by Osaka University and the JICA Kansai International Center

Signing Ceremony for Inter-University Exchange Agreement with Vietnam-Japan University

On Thursday, November 24, 2016, the President of Vietnam-Japan University visited Osaka University for a signing ceremony for an inter-university exchange agreement between the two universities.

Vietnam-Japan University (VJU) was established by the governments of Japan and Vietnam and with the support of both economies with the goal of becoming a new Center of Excellence (COE) in Vietnam that aims for top-level international academia, and providing practical human resources to strengthen the industrialization in Vietnam, including Japanese corporations in Vietnam. It is greatly hoped that VJU will serve as a university that will provide Vietnam with 1) interdisciplinary education, 2) education through research, 3) an emphasis on liberal arts, 4) promotion of independent activity of students, and 5) industry-university collaboration, aspects previously unseen in Vietnam.

Of the 6 programs established at VJU, Osaka University will primarily be engaged with the formation of the Nanotechnology Program, with the aim of developing researchers that will undertake advanced research in the future, as well as technicians that will lead the way to revolutionary technology.

7 individuals from Osaka University, including President Nishio, Executive Vice President Yamanaka, and Executive Vice President Yagi, and 9 individuals from VJU, including President Furuta and Vice President Nguyen Hoang Oanh, were in attendance for the signing. There was a pleasant atmosphere at the signing ceremony, and it allowed both universities to reaffirm the importance of collaboration. It is expected that this agreement will serve as an impetus for the promotion of mutual exchange in education and research between the two universities.

A handshake between President Nishio and President Furuta, agreement in hand

 

A discussion between the two universities

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The 22nd Annual General Meeting of Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU)

 On Saturday, October 15th, 2016, Associate Executive Director Dr. KONDOH Katsuyoshi and faculty and staff from the International Affairs Division attended AEARU's 22nd annual general meeting and in conjunction with the 39th Board of Directors Meeting held by Seoul National University, Korea. A total of 49 staff members, including 6 presidents from AEARU member universities and 2 guests from THE World University Rankings, were in attendance.

 At the board meeting, Dr. KONDOH expressed the desire to hold the AEARU Advanced Materials Science Workshop at Osaka University in the next academic year (2017), and it was approved.
Prior to this meeting, Executive Vice President KUDO participated in the Seoul National University 70th anniversary that was held on the previous day and she expressed her warmest congratulations to the President of Seoul National University.

 Following the annual general meeting, Associate Executive Director KONDOH exchanged opinions actively with the presidents and vice presidents of the participating universities, sharing their challenges and possibilities.

 Through activities in AEARU, reinforcement and the promotion of exchange of the network would be expected in future.

 The next AEARU AGM will be held in autumn at Tsukuba University.

 

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[AEARU Activity 2017 Proposal]

1. Title

Advanced Materials Science Workshop

2. Date and Time

Fall 2017

3. Host

Osaka University

4. Outline and Purpose

The workshop will provide a platform for top-tier Asian universities, including AEARU members, to discuss the recent progress of materials science.  We particularly would like to focus on advanced smart materials & processing such as nanocomposites, ultralight & high-strength metals, biomaterials and 3D printing process. Through the workshop, we plan on having panel discussions, laboratory and company tours, cultural exchange activities, and keynote speeches from distinguished researchers.  Our goals are to 1) strengthen international collaboration by constructing a researchers network and promote international joint research, and 2) promote bilateral student exchange and foster global and diverse student connections.

Budget

Osaka University will cover the conference venue and necessary expenses. We are also planning to apply for funding to cover as much of the expense for foreign/Japanese students as we can.

Osaka University participates in London's science festival, "New Scientist Live"

Together with 7 other Japanese research institutes in the "Best of Japan Science" booth, Osaka University participated in "New Scientist Live," hosted by the UK-based English-language international science magazine "New Scientist," in order to actively deliver research information globally and strengthen research ability at the university as part of the "Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities."

As this was the first science festival ever held in London, some 30,000 individuals from inside and outside of the UK were expected to attend, and just as expected, huge lines of attendees could be seen before the opening of the venue each day of the festival, which was held from September 22 ~ 25, 2016.

A large number of attendees visited the "Best of Japan Science" booth as well: everyone from undergraduate and graduate university students, researchers, and secondary education instructors, to families with small children, members of the media, and corporate representatives. Visitors to the booth read leaflets introducing research at Osaka University, asked questions, and occasionally had discussions. There were also some students who showed interest in Osaka University's campuses after seeing photos on the poster that was on display. Graduate School of Engineering Professor ASADA Minoru also drew quite a few attendees with his presentation on robotics, all of whom listened intently.

After the explanation at the booth, there were many future exchange students and overseas researchers considering Osaka University, along with their parents/guardians, as well as junior high and high school teachers who want to introduce Osaka University in their classes and corporations who want to pursue future collaboration with the university. This turned out to be a great opportunity for the people of the UK and Europe to know more about Osaka University.

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Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) 20th Annual Presidents Meeting

From June 26th to June 28th, 2016, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) held their 20th Annual Presidents Meeting (APM) at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Osaka University President Shojiro NISHIO, Executive Vice President Toshiya HOSHINO, Prof. Mayumi ISHIKAWA, and staff from the International Affairs Division participated in the meeting.

This year, the APM was held under the theme of “Key Challenges for Malaysian Higher Education and its Engagement with the Asian-Pacific region,” with presentations by presidents of each member university. In the following meeting, presidents and vice presidents from participating universities discussed research collaboration and future activities.

The 21st Annual Presidents Meeting will be hosted by the University of New South Wales, Australia, from June 25th to June 27th, 2017.

*Established in 1997, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) has grown to include 45 research university presidents from 17 different Pacific Rim countries. The aims of this association are to strengthen bilateral cooperation in higher education and, through cooperation and contributions in education and research, to work together on serious problems facing Pacific Rim societies. Osaka University hosted the Annual Presidents Meeting in 2015.

Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL): Policy Round Table on Gender Equality

From April 26 ~ 28, 2016, the APRU APWiL Policy Round Table on Gender Equity was held at the University of Hong Kong, with Executive Vice President HOSHINO in attendance from Osaka University.

The topic of this round table was "Recruitment, Retention, and Success of Gender Equality and Equity," with discussions held on each of the three. During this meeting, presentations were held on outstanding practice of gender equality promotion carried out at each of the APRU member universities.

120th Anniversary of the Founding of Shanghai Jiao Tong University

From April 7 ~ 8, 2016, Shanghai Jiao Tong University held a Presidents' Forum as well as a ceremony to celebrate the 120th anniversary of its founding. President NISHIO Shojiro, Executive Vice President HOSHINO Toshiya, Executive Vice President OGAWA Tetsuo, East Asian Center for Academic Initiatives Director OTANI Junko, and Prof. ISHIKAWA Mayumi of the Global Initiative Center were all in attendance to represent Osaka University.

The topic of the Presidents' Forum was "Innovation-Driven Development Strategy and Innovative Capacity Building for Research Universities," and discussions were held on the role of the university in the National System of Innovation. During the panel discussion, President Nishio touched on the Institute for Datability Science, established in April 2016, suggesting the realization of a super-smart society through data science pioneered by the Institute. The ceremony to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the founding of Shanghai Jiao Tong University was held on the second day, and representatives from each of the participating universities offered their congratulations.

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English Listening/E-mail Writing Course -- 2015 Osaka University Staff Training

  On Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 8, English Listening and E-mail Writing Training Courses were held at Osaka University.

  During this training, participants acquired necessary skills for listening and writing e-mails in English, with 82 staff members participating in the English Listening Course and 20 staff members participating in the E-mail Writing Course with the goal of improving their own practical ability in English.

  In the English Listening Course, led by TSUNEYUKI Mayumi from ALC Education, Inc., participants practiced listening using teaching materials such as CDs, as well as the semantic process, which involves comprehension through natural English word order. Through this practice, participants acquired their own learning methods going forward by analyzing the cause of their difficulties in English listening comprehension.

  In the E-mail Writing Course led by YOSHINAKA Masakuni, also from ALC Education, Inc., participants developed an understanding of the gap in the meanings of words between Japanese and English through lectures and exercises, and performed English writing practice in order to acquire business expressions more geared toward the culture of native English speakers.

  We've received positive feedback from a number of participants stating that this training was extremely meaningful as it involved practice that would be useful in actual work assignments.

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English Listening Course

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E-mail Writing Course

University of Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia and Osaka University signed an Inter-University Exchange Agreement

On Sunday, June 28, Dr. Muhammad ANIS, the president of University of Indonesia (UI), Republic of Indonesia, in Osaka for the annual meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities hosted by Osaka University, paid a visit to Osaka University. This visit resulted in the signing of  a university exchange agreement.

UI is one of the best universities in Indonesia and is the third Indonesian university to have a university-to-university exchange agreement with OU following the Institute of Technology Bandung and Gadjah Mada University.

This agreement was reached through active exchange between OU and UI through the coupling international program sponsored by Osaka University's Graduate School of Language and Culture and Joining and Welding Research Institute.

President HIRANO and President Muhammad ANIS signed with Vice Executive Presidents OKAMURA, HIGASHIJIMA, AIMOTO, and BABA from Osaka University in attendance.

The ceremony was conducted in a friendly atmosphere and the importance of cooperation between the two universities was recognized. It is hoped that this agreement will promote mutual exchange in research.

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A scene from the dialogue between the two universities

Osaka University European Alumni Reunion

On Saturday, April 25, the Osaka University Europe Alumni Association event was held in a superb London city hotel, The Montague on the Gardens with approximately 40 alumni members including Osaka University faculty members.

A warm greeting was given by Master of Ceremonies Mr OKITA Toshimichi followed by a presentation by Executive Vice President OKAMURA Yasuyuki to introduce the recent activities of the University.

Several Osaka University alumni members who have been active overseas were awarded the title of Global Alumni Fellow by Executive Vice President OKAMURA for their selfless efforts for the betterment of the University. On this occasion, this honor was awarded to Professor OTSU Kinya (King's College London), Professor SUZUKI Ken (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr. NARITA Masashi (University of Cambridge).

Guests were seen interacting and having fun during the whole evening and the event ended in great success!

4th Six Japanese-German University Presidents' Conference (HeKKSaGOn University Consortium)

On April 16 and April 17, HeKKSaGOn University Consortium: The 4th German-Japanese University Presidents’ Conference was held at Tohoku University under the topic of “Building venues for the creation of new knowledge and values.”
At the presentation on the first day, President Toshio HIRANO spoke about the concept behind World Tekijuku, "creating harmonious diversity," while introducing approaches at Osaka University such as efforts in accepting international students, doubling the number of students who study abroad, increasing international joint labs under the project for promoting international joint research as well as facilitating the project of next-generation global university organization, "World Tekijuku."
On the morning of the second day, comprehensive discussions were conducted by presidents and vice presidents regarding collaboration in education and research within the consortium, promotion of human exchange, securing of financing for supporting these activities, and the role of public relations.
From Osaka University, in addition to President Hirano, Executive Vice Presidents Saburo AIMOTO and Yasuyuki OKAMURA, 15 faculty members and graduate students split into eight work groups to discuss pertinent topics in life science, energy, and social and natural sciences. In each group, they held discussions in order to promote collaboration among 6 universities from professional viewpoints. In the general meeting in the afternoon, following reports made by each group, a joint statement was signed by the six presidents.
Upcoming meetings will be held at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in the autumn of 2016 and at Osaka University in the spring of 2018.

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President Hirano speaks at the Presidents Meeting A joint statement is signed

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United Nations 70th Anniversary Symposium

On Monday, March 16, the United Nations 70th Anniversary Symposium was held under the sponsorship of the Japanese government and United Nations University. As a panelist, HOSHINO Toshiya (Vice president and Professor, Osaka University) attended the symposium at U Thant Hall in the United Nations University Headquarters.
The symposium was held under the theme of "The UN at a Critical Juncture: Looking Toward a Year of Reform and Renovation" with Prime Minister Shinzo ABE and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in attendance. Vice president Hoshino took part in the panel discussion in the second part of the symposium and made a proposal on challenges in the UN reform including what role the UN Security Council should play.

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(From left to right) Einsiedel (Director, UNU Centre for Policy Research), Nakayama (Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs), Chaponda (Minister, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Malawi), Tanaka (Director, JICA), Osotimehin (Director, UNFPA), Hoshino (Vice President, OU)
Photo courtesy of: Christophersen / UNU

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Joint Workshop with Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research

Executive Vice President OKAMURA attended a joint workshop with the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) at the Embassy of India, Tokyo.

At this workshop, the presidents of the five IISER seized the opportunity to come to Japan and hold a joint workshop with the Embassy of India, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), while inviting representatives, primarily Vice Presidents, from seven national Japanese universities.

IISER, the most prominent science education and research institutes in India, have been established in Kolkata, Ajitgarh, Pune, Bhopal, and Thiruvananthapuram since 2006. This workshop was held with the aim of driving exchange in education and research while building and sustaining partnerships.

After receiving greetings from both Ambassador of India to Japan Deepa Gopalan WADHWA and Deputy Minister of Education, Sports, Science and Technology TSUCHIYA Sadayuki, an explanation of measures and policies was given by officers from the MEXT Science and Technology Policy Bureau and the Higher Education Bureau, as well as the JST Corporate Planning Division and the JSPS International Business Division.

Last, the IISER and six national Japanese Universities gave presentations on the framework of their universities and their efforts in academic exchange.

The social gathering provided a friendly environment for mutual networking.

Executive Vice President OKAMURA gives a presentation

University Exchange Agreements with Qatar University Signed

Qatar University (QU) and Osaka University signed an Inter-University Exchange Agreement on Friday, February 20, 2015. Executive Vice President OKAMURA of Osaka University and President Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad of Qatar University attended the signing ceremony.

This agreement was reached through active exchange between OU and QU, such as the coupling internships by the Graduate School of Language and Culture and the Joining and Welding Research Institute.

This agreement reaffirmed the importance of the cooperation between the two universities, and will lead to more active mutual exchange in research and education.

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Executive Vice President OKAMURA and QU President Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad sign the agreement

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Representatives from OU and QU

Osaka University Thailand Alumni Reunion

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the Osaka University Thailand Alumni Reunion was held at the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit hotel in Bangkok. Some 80 alumni, faculty and staff members participated in the alumni reunion, including Executive Vice President Yasuyuki OKAMURA, Professor Emeritus Isao SHIRAKAWA, Professor Emeritus Norio FURUSHIRO, and Professor Emeritus Tatsuji SEKI.
Following greetings from the Thailand Alumni Reunion president and the Sakuyakai Bangkok Branch director, a presentation on recent activities at OU by Executive Vice President OKAMURA  as well as the Global Alumni Fellow ceremony were held. Participants enjoyed reuniting and renewing their friendships.

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Executive Vice President OKAMURA

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JUNBA2015

On January 8 and January 9, 2015, HOSHINO Toshiya (Vice president) and KABASAWA Satoshi (Director, North American Center for Academic Initiatives) and 9 other persons participated in JUNBA2015 in which some major Japanese universities possessing an overseas center in the U.S. participated. The Japanese Universities Network in the Bay Area (JUNBA) was established in 2006 and has held symposiums every year.
On January 8, two lectures were delivered: Aimee Dorr (Provost and Executive Vice President, University of California) talked about the role of provost at University of California and C. Judson King (Director, Center for the the Studies of Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley) the role of Academic Senate, a governing body made up of members of faculty at University of California.
Following their lectures, the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science jointly held the Japan-U.S. Learning Exchange Association at which various American and Japanese officials exchanged opinions.
On the morning of January 9, OTAWA Yoshiyuki (Counselor for International Strategies, Higher Education Policy Planning Division, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) delivered a keynote speech. Following his speech, a poster session was held by participating universities and KABASAWA Satoshi (Director, North American Center for Academic Initiatives) introduced activities and challenges at the center. In the afternoon discussions with participation from 20 Japanese universities, Vice President Hoshino talked about approaches at Osaka University. More than 100 people participated in JUNBA2015 over the two days.


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2014 RENKEI annual meeting

On December 18, 2014, Executive Vice President OKAMURA attended the 2014 RENKEI annual meeting held in Liverpool, UK. At this meeting, Osaka University made a joint proposal with universities in the UK regarding two projects:
1. Living in an Aging Society (Leader: GONDO Yasuyuki, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences)
2. Renaissance Entrepreneurship in HE for Social Innovation to Develop Future Leaders (Leader: KANEMATSU Yasuo, Professor, Osaka University Office for University-Industry Collaboration)

With approval at the meeting, it was decided that OU would jointly hold workshops and symposiums for nurturing young personnel from 2015 through 2017. Project 1 will be conducted in partnership with The University of Liverpool and University College London (UCL) and Project 2 in partnership with UCL.

RENKEI (Japan-UK Research and Education Network for Knowledge Economy Initiatives) is a partnership for promoting personnel development and social contribution through international industry-university cooperation and was established by 12 universities in England and Japan.

RENKEI Official Website:
http://www.britishcouncil.jp/programmes/higher-education/university-industry-partnership/renkei

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University Exchange Agreements with Vietnamese University Signed

Hanoi National University (VNUH) and Osaka University signed a University-to-University Exchange Agreement at the Japan-Vietnam University Project Groundbreaking Ceremony held at  (VNUH) in Vietnam on Saturday, December 20. From Osaka University, Vice President Toshiya HOSHINO and from VNUH, President Phung Xuan Nha, Vice President Nguyen Hoang Hai, and Vice President Nguyen Kim Son attended the signing ceremony honored with the presence of the President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang and the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Vu Duc Dam. In view of the importance of the cooperation between the two universities, it is hoped that mutual exchange in education and research will be further promoted.

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2014-15 Osaka University Staff Workshop "Challenges in associated with university globalization"

The workshop for learning basic rules for writing business email in English was held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 and Monday, December 1 with 23 participants attending each day. Following a greeting from the head of the International Affairs Division, under the guidance of YOSHINAKA Masakuni, instructor, ALC Education Inc., participants learned how to write email in English including how to write an inquiry email necessary for day-to-day business. Participants stated that they were pleased with the workshops which provided specific information useful for the situations that arise in their jobs.

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Japan-UK Education Exchange Workshop sponsored by British Council and Embassy of Japan in the UK

On November 14, 2014, Executive Vice President Yasuyuki OKAMURA attended the Japan-UK Education Exchange Workshop held at The Royal Society, London. This workshop was held under the sponsorship of the British Council and Embassy of Japan in the UK in cooperation with The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The purpose of the workshop was to follow up on the Japan-UK Conference for Collaboration in Research and Education held at University College London (UCL) in May 2014 and at the same time continue the momentum in the 2nd conference planned in 2015. Attended by university vice presidents and staff in charge of international exchange, the conference was held with the goal of strengthening even more, as a definite strategy, student and faculty exchange between Japanese and English universities.

Vice presidents and faculty staff in charge of international exchange in the two countries: Osaka University and 13 universities from Japan and 13 universities from the UK, discussed concrete measures for further promoting exchange among students and education exchange between the two nations. Regarding challenges to student exchange at the undergraduate level, graduate level, and their solutions, group discussions in 4 groups and a round-table talk were held. Executive Vice President Okamura, together with Prof. Nick Tyler, UCL's Pro-Provost for South and South East Asia, served as a facilitator for Group B (at the graduate level).

 

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(From the right) Pro-Provost Nick Tyler and Executive Vice President Okamura

2nd Japan-Mexico University President Conference

Vice President Toshiya HOSHINO attended the 2nd Japan-Mexico University President Conference held at The University of Guanajuato and The Autonomous University of Aguascalientes in Mexico on October 27 and 28. As part of projects to celebrate the "Japan-Mexico Exchange Year" (April 2013 - December 2014), this conference was held in order to strengthen and promote cooperation between universities and senior high schools in both nations.
From Japan, 27 institutes including 24 universities, and from Mexico, 44 universities and some organizations, participated in this event. People related to high education and government organizations and Japanese companies in Mexico participated in the meeting and discussed strengthening cooperation between the universities and industry-university collaboration in the future.
The opening ceremony on October 27 was held with Dr. Meade (Foreign Minister of Mexico), Miguel Marquez (State Governor of Guanajuato), MEGATA Shuichiro (Ambassador to Mexico), MAEKAWA Kihei (Councilor, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) in attendance.
The conference in Aguascalientes City on October 28 was held with Mr. Carlos Lozano de la Torre, Governor of Aguascalientes in attendance. Five panel discussions were held under the themes of innovation, industry-university relationships, cooperation in high education, the development of Japan-Mexico cultural exchange, and nurturing people who can play an active role in the global arena.
Vice President Hoshino attended the session of the "Development of Japan-Mexico cultural exchange" as a member of the panel introducing approaches at Osaka University, embarking as "World Tekijuku". He talked about diversity promoted in Osaka which took a positive stance regarding the assimilation of Mexican and Latin American cultures as shown in the convening of Fiesta Mexicana Osaka 2014. He also pointed out the significance of harmonious diversity that Osaka University aimed for in promoting Japan-Mexico cultural exchange, which the audience responded positively to.
The meeting ended successfully with the joint declaration unanimously approved -- "The role of universities is in science, innovation, and nurturing people who can play an active role in the global arena."

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2nd from the right: Vice President HOSHINO in Panel Discussion
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From the left: Ambassador MEGATA, Dr. Cabrera, President University of Guanajuato, Vice President HOSHINO

12th Senior Staff Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)

The University of Indonesia in Jakarta hosted the 12th Senior Staff Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), November 11~13. Senior staff member of APRU, OKAMURA Yasuyuki (OU Executive Vice President) attended this conference with ISHIKAWA Mayumi (Professor, Institute for Academic Initiatives).  Dr. Okamura also took part in the International Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC) prior to the meeting for an exchange of opinions about APRU activities. In the Senior Staff Meeting, he shared information about leadership issues with other members as well as making a presentation about the 19th University Presidents Annual Conference to be held at OU in June 2015.

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Executive Vice President Okamura delivers his presentation

17th Osaka University- Shanghai Jiao Tong University academic exchange seminar held

The 17th Osaka University-Shanghai Jiao Tong University academic exchange seminar was held from Sunday, November 2 through Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Academic exchange seminars by these two universities have been alternately held since 1995 in accordance with their bilateral academic exchange agreement.
These seminars started with one on welding material engineering. The areas covered by this seminar have expanded to 7 areas: materials, global architecture, information, physics, optics, environmental innovation, and history. This year, a seminar on combustion engineering was newly added and seminars on the 8 fields were held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 42 people from Osaka University and some 60 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University participated in the seminars. In working sessions, presentations on research results, discussions, opinion exchange, and a tour of facilities were held.
Executive Vice President Okamura visited President Huang Zhen at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Working-level consultations about further promotion of exchange were also conducted. Participants highly appreciated this seminar, saying, "Researchers in different fields from both universities gathered to make presentations on their latest research results and have discussions and information exchange, producing meaningful results. Further development of joint research and student exchange can be expected in the future."

 

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Executive Vice President Okamura visits President Huang

20th annual general assembly of Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU)

On Friday, October 31, 2014, Executive Vice President OKAMURA attended AEARU's 20th annual general assembly held by Nanjing University, China. He reported on AEARU Student Summer Camp 2014 that was held from August 19 through August 26 at Osaka University and the camp was highly appreciated by Chairperson Chen. Following the general assembly Executive Vice President Okamura exchanged opinions with presidents and vice presidents of the participating universities, sharing their challenges and possibilities.

 

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Executive Vice President Okamura reports on Camp 2014

 

President Hirano takes the chair at the University Presidents’ Lunch Meeting in the STS Forum 2014

On October 6, 2014, STS Forum 2014 was held at the Kyoto International Conference Center. After the networking session in which presidents deepened friendships, President Toshio HIRANO and President Dirk van den Berg of Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, co-chaired the University Presidents’ Lunch Meeting. At the meeting, following the greetings from these chairmen, 42 presidents from 21 nations and regions in the world engaged in discussions in groups.

The following four topics were presented for discussion by the chairmen as issues higher education institutes face in the rapid progress of globalization and diversification of the 21st century:

  1. Academic Restructuring Initiatives and University Governance
  2. Mobility and Internationalization in Higher Education
  3. Higher Education’s Role in Enhancing College Access and Affordability
  4. The Necessity of Collaboration to Advance Knowledge and Solve Global Challenges

After lively discussions, representatives of the groups presented the results of their discussions.The lunch meeting was over on a great note with summarizations of the discussions by the chairmen.

STS (Science and Technology in Society) Forum

In order to develop science and technology while balancing its lights and shadows, not only scientists, but also leaders in the world -- politicians, policy makers, economists, and journalists -- gather to exchange opinions regarding science, technology, and society as common issues for all humanity. OMI Koji, former Finance Minister established the STS Forum in 2004 and its annual meetings have been held in October in Kyoto every year since then.

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Group discussion President van den Berg and President Hirano

University Exchange Agreement signed with King Abdulaziz University

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, a officials from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia visited Osaka University. Their visit resulted in the signing of a university-to-university exchange agreement between OU and KAU.

Attended in the ceremony were Yasuyuki OKAMURA (Executive Vice President), Toshiya HOSHINO (Vice President), and Tatsuo ARAI (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science) from Osaka University and President Osama S. Tayeb and Vice President Adnan H. Zahed from KAU. The university-to-university exchange agreement was signed in the presence of staff from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. The ceremony was conducted in a friendly atmosphere and the importance of cooperation between the two universities was recognized. It is hoped that this agreement will promote mutual exchange in research.

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President Toshio HIRANO visits San Francisco

From August 29 through August 31, 2014, President Hirano visited San Francisco in order to sign a University-to-University Exchange Agreement with University of California, Berkeley, to participate in the Osaka University International Medical Care Symposium Go Global 3 and to attend the North America Alumni Association get-together in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the North American Center for Academic Initiatives.

University Exchange Agreement with University of California, Berkeley signed

President Hirano paid a visit to the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, August 29. The visit resulted in the signing of a university exchange agreement with the university.
In attendance were  HIRANO Toshio (President) and OKAMURA Yasuyuki (Executive Vice President), and KABASAWA Satoshi (Director, North American Center for Academic Initiatives) from Osaka University and Nicholas Dirks (President), Ronald Gronsky (Professor), and Steven Vogel (Professor) from University of California, Berkeley.
A ceremony was conducted in a friendly atmosphere and the importance of cooperation between the two universities was recognized. It is hoped that this agreement will promote mutual exchange not only among students, but also among researchers.

International Medical Care Symposium Go Global 3

 

Go Global Symposium

On Saturday, August 30, the "International Medical Care Symposium Go Global! 3" was held at the hotel Taj Campton Place in San Francisco. This was the first Osaka University International Medical Care Symposium held overseas.
Following greetings from President Hirano and WATANABE Masato (Consul General, Japanese Consulate General in San Francisco) and a keynote speech by HOSHINO Toshiya (Vice President), three faculty members from the Graduate School of Medicine: SAWA Yoshiki (Professor), NAKATA Ken (Professor), and MINAMITANI Kaori (Associate Professor) delivered speeches on the importance of internationalization of medical care and its challenges as well as approaches taken by Osaka University. Furthermore, NAKAMURA Yasuhide (Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences) talked about his activities for promoting the use of "Maternal and Child Health Handbooks" in the world.
Osaka University set up the Center for Global Health in the University Hospital in April 2013 and the International and Translational Medicine Course in the Graduate School of Medicine in July 2014.
Osaka University's strong determination to address international medical care was shown in the symposium's theme, "Man the oars! Global medical care, New Kanrinmaru."

Event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the North American Center for Academic Initiatives

Following the symposium, in order to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the North American Center for Academic Initiatives, its former Director KUBOI Ryoichi delivered a lecture. Looking back on its history from the opening ceremony in 2004 until today, participants reaffirmed the value of the center thanks to support of many people in San Francisco and to alumni.

North America Alumni Association get-together

Following the lecture to commemorate the above-mentioned center, a party was held. In addition to President Toshio HIRANO and Executive Vice President OKAMURA, some 70 alumni, center-related people, students, and Osaka University faculty and staff members attended the party. Following President HIRANO's speech, participants presented themselves and had a great time at a quiz contest. The get-together was very productive with participants deepening their friendships.

Party

 

AEARU Student Summer Camp 2014 held

AEARU Student Summer Camp was held from August 19 through August 26.

To read the full news item on this conference, go here.

APRU 18th Annual Presidents Meeting

On June 24 and June 25,  the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) held their 18th Annual Presidents Meeting at the Australian National University. Osaka University is a member and council member of APRU; thus, President Toshio HIRANO and Trustee & Vice President Yasuyuki OKAMURA attended the meeting. This meeting is held at one of the member universities in turn each year. On June 24, under the theme of "Big Data and The Shape of Things to Come," the meeting was held. Following the meeting, in the Presidents Open Forum, under the title of "From Tekijuku to World Tekijuku," President Hirano talked about the OU's international joint research with APRU member universities. He also talked about the concept of "Creating harmonious diversity through scholarship" behind 'World Tekijuku and introduced the OU's approach to international joint research and exchange among researchers such as international joint labs and the cross-appointment system.

On June 24, ISHIKAWA Mayumi, Professor, Institute for Academic Initiatives, talked about APRU's efforts to enhance female leadership. At the end of the meeting, as the president of the host university of next year's meeting, President Hirano spoke about Osaka and Osaka University. The annual APRU meeting will be held next year at Osaka University on June 28 through 30.

Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) has grown to include 45 university presidents from 16 countries. APRU, founded in 1997, is an association established by university presidents of representative Pacific Rim countries. The aims of this association are to strengthen bilateral cooperation in higher education and, through cooperation and contributions in education and research, to work together on serious problems facing Pacific Rim societies.

 

President Hirano at APRU meeting

President Hirano

Participants in APRU meeting

Participants in the APRU meeting

Japan-UK Conference 'Collaboration in Research and Education'

On May 1, 2014, President Toshio HIRANO, Trustee & Vice President Yasuyuki OKAMURA, and Vice President Toshiya HOSHINO attended the Japan-UK Conference ‘Collaboration in Research and Education' held at University College London (UCL).

For more information on this conference and to view photos, go here.

The ETH Zürich Big Band concert 

A concert by the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zürich) Big Band was held on February 19, 2014.
For more information on this conference and to view photos, go here.

JUNBA 2014 Symposium

JUNBA, the Japanese Universities Network in the Bay Area, was established in 2006 and has held symposiums every year. Some major Japanese universities possessing an overseas center in San Francisco, California State University, as well as San Francisco State University participated in the JUNBA2014 on January 9  and January 10. From Osaka University Trustee and Vice president OKAMURA, Vice President ABE, San Francisco Center for Education and Research Director KUBOI and other 11 persons participated in the symposium.
On January 9, Leroy. M. Morishita, President, California State University and Leslie E. Wong, President, San Francisco State University delivered speeches on efforts and challenges in guaranteeing the quality of education in the U.S.
Following the symposium, the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science jointly held the Japan-U.S. Learning Exchange Association at which various American and Japanese officials exchanged opinions.

In the morning on January 10, following a poster session by participating universities, NUNOMURA Yukihiko, Director, Higher Education Bureau, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, delivered a keynote speech. In the afternoon discussions with participation from 13 Japanese universities, Trustee and Vice president OKAMURA talked about efforts ongoing at Osaka University. More than 100 people participated in JUNBA2014 over the two days.

 

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Participants in JUNBA 2014

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Trustee and Vice President OKAMURA talks about efforts at Osaka University

Social gathering of Osaka University graduates living in Vietnam

On December 22, 2013, a social gathering for OU graduates living in Vietnam was held at Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi and President Hirano spoke on the current situation at Osaka University. Sixty-five persons participated in this socializing which followed. Many of them were Vietnames who had studied at OU, but 12 Japanese living there on business also participated. They enjoyed talking with President Hirano and meeting with friends in a friendly atmosphere. The project to establish an Osaka University Alumni Association in Vietnam was getting off to a good start. This will promote the presence of Osaka University in Vietnam.

 

ベトナム在住大阪大学卒業生との交流会

 

6 universities in Japan and Vietnam Symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam

On December 21, 2013, Kobe University, Kyoto University, Osaka University held the Japan and Vietnam Six Universities Symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam under the sponsorship of The Senshu Ikeda Bank, Ltd. Following  the Kansai Revitalization Symposium in June 2010 and the Suzhou China Symposium in September 2012, this symposium was held in Vietnam which was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam.
Under the theme of "What are internationally-minded human resources? -- Thinking about them from the Kansai region and Vietnam", universities made presentations on the globalization of university education and efforts in nurturing human resources. President Hirano delivered a speech under the title of "Cultivating human resources carving out the new age" and also participated in a panel discussion with HATTORI Moritaka, adviser, The Senshu Ikeda Bank, Ltd.
Researchers at 6 universities in Japan and Vietnam made presentations under the theme of "Challenges in sustainable development in Japan and Vietnam" and Dr. IKE, adviser to the director, The Graduate School of Engineering, made a presentation.
The symposium with more than 200 participants ended with great success.

ベトナム

President Hirano delivers a speech

ベトナムハノイシンポジウム2

Dr. Ike makes a presentation

ベトナムハノイシンポジウム3

Panel discussion

2nd Japan-Indonesia Rectors' Conference

On December 13, 2013, Trustee and Vice President OKAMURA attended the 2nd Japan-Indonesia Rectors' Conference held at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. This meeting aimed to build broad and comprehensive cooperation by networking inter-university exchange between Japan and Indonesia. The first meeting was held last year at Nagoya University. Some 100 attended this year's meeting entitled "Partnership in Bridging the Theory into Practices" .
The meeting opened with greetings from national representatives and guests. Following that, the director of a energy-related national company in Indonesia, Pertamina, delivered the keynote speech. Next, two group sessions were held. In the session "Joint Student Programs between Japanese and Indonesian Universities," a scholarship program from Direktorat Jenderal Pendidikan Tinggi [Indonesian High Education Directorate] (Dikti) and efforts by the ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) were introduced. Presentations about the universities' joint programs were also made.
At the general meeting, based on the report from the preceding group session, the role of this conference for further promotion of bilateral cooperation in education and research was discussed and the value of such conference was confirmed.

インドネシア学長会議①

Presidents forum

インドネシア学長会議②

Group session

インドネシア学長会議③

Presidents and Vice Presidents

33rd board meeting and 19th annual meeting of the  Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU)

 On Sunday, December 8, 2013, the 33rd board meeting and the 19th annual meeting of  AEARU were held at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Osaka University serves as a trustee. President Toshio HIRANO and Vice President ABE Kenzo attended. At the board meeting, President Hirano announced his intention of holding the Student Summer Camp at Osaka University next academic year and it was approved. In the annual meeting, presentations were made by presidents of the member universities. President Hirano talked about Osaka University's growth strategy and participating universities asked eagerly.
Prior to these meetings, the president forum sponsored by AEARU and League of European Research Universities (LERU) was held on previous day.
In the forum, regarding advanced research and overseas development of member universities, lively discussions were held and they agreed with promoting cooperation in both consortiums.

 

AEARU AGM 33BOD その1

Board members

AEARU AGM33BOD その2

President Hirano delivers a speech

 

2013 Staff Workshop -- Challenges associated with university globalization

On Wednesday, November 27 and Monday, December 2, workshops were held in order to deepen office workers' understanding of different cultures and improve their English ability necessary for dealing with international researchers and students in their different positions. Twenty-three staff members participated in two workshops: "Intercultural Communication Seminar" and "Mindsets for Speaking English."
On November 27,  following a greeting from Trustee and Vice president OKAMURA, under the direction of through a lecture from YOSHINAKA Masakuni, ALC Education, Inc., through discussion and other methods, participants learned about differences in what different cultures consider important and understanding cultural differences. On December 2, in the workshop "Mindset for speaking English" by MATSUI Takako, instructor, ALC Education, Inc., participants studied and practiced vocabulary, grammar, and composition, items useful in their daily work.
Participants stated that they were pleased with the workshops which provided specific information useful for the situations that arise in their jobs.

異文化コミュニケーションセミナー

Intercultural Communication Seminar

英語会話発想法セミナー

Mindsets for speaking English

8th Japan-China University Presidents' Conference

The 8th Japan-China University Presidents' Conference took place in China on October 31 and November 1, 2013.

For more information on this conference and to view photos, go here.

16th Osaka University - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Exchange Seminar

The 16th Osaka University-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Exchange Seminar was held from October 22 through October 24, 2013. Academic exchange seminars by these two universities have been alternately held since 1995 in accordance to their bilateral academic exchange agreement. The seminar started with the one on welding material engineering. The areas covered by this seminar have expanded to 7 areas: materials, global architecture, information, physics, optics, environmental innovation, and history.
This year, seminars on 5 areas: materials, global architecture, information, environmental innovation, and history were held at Osaka University. 38 people from Osaka University and 19 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University participated in the seminars.
On Tuesday, October 22, a reception was held. Other than seminar participants, Trustee and Vice President OKAMURA, Vice President ABE, Graduate School of Engineering Dean KAKESHITA, and International Exchange Office staff attended. From Shanghai Jiao Tong University, other than Vice President Huang Zhen, 21 people attended, bringing the total to some 60 people.
On Wednesday, October 23, five section meetings were held on the Suita and Toyonaka campuses and presentations on research results, discussions, and opinion exchange were held.
Next time, Shanghai Jiao Tong University will take charge of  this seminar to be held in Shanghai.

11th APRU Senior Staff Meeting

From Saturday, October 12, 2013, through Monday October 14, the 11th senior staff meeting of Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) was held at Australian National University. Osaka University is a member and council member of APRU.
Including Trustee and Vice President Yasuyuki OKAMURA (Director of International & PR Strategies, Society-University Collaboration) and Mayumi ISHIKAWA (Professor, Institute of Academic Initiatives) and International Exchange Office staff members, 45 people from some 30 universities attended this meeting.
Under the theme of "A Framework for Implementation," participants mainly discussed the current situation and further development of strategic framework of APRU. In a section meeting, under the theme of "Creating Asia-Pacific Global Leaders," participants talked about the role of female leaders in APRU member universities and reviewed existing APRU programs.
The next senior staff meeting will be held at University of Indonesia in November 2014.

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), founded in 1997, is an association established by university presidents of representative Pacific Rim countries. The aims of this association are to strengthen bilateral cooperation in higher education and, through cooperation and contributions in education and research, work together on serious problems facing Pacific Rim societies .

3rd Presidents' Conference of the HeKKSaGOn University Consortium

The 3rd Presidents' Conference of the HeKKSaGOn University Conference took place in Germany on September 12 and 13, 2013.

For more information on this conference and to view photos, go here.


English Communication Workshop

The English Communication Workshop was held over the two Thursdays of September 19 and September 26, 2013.

This workshop was called Presentations in English Workshop through last year; the current name, as you can see above, is now English Communication Workshop. The purpose of this workshop is and has been to provide office workers, whose English language skills might be termed "entry-level," with basic but effective English communication skills.  Upon completion, the office worker, relative to their position, should be able to explain or give advice in English.

This year, thirty persons participated in this workshop -- 28 from Osaka University, and 2 from member universities in the Osaka-Kobe University Network for Internationalization (Kansai University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Kobe University, and Osaka University).

In the workshop, following the greetings by MITSUO Shun-ichi, Manager, International Affairs Division, Mr. Robert Bryan Perkins delivered a lecture and conducted the group workshop. The workshop closed with closing remarks by Director and Vice President Yasuyuki OKAMURA.

Participants stated that they were pleased with the content and pace of the workshop, with many of them saying it was very productive and they'd like to participate again next time.

英語コミュニケーション能力養成研修(25年度)

32nd board meeting of The Association of East Asian Research Universities

On Friday, May 10, 2013, Osaka University participated in the 32nd board meeting of the Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU) at Tohoku University. President HIRANO and Trustee ABE, who is in charge of international exchange at OU, attended the meeting. The seven members of AEARU discussed future activities. They closed the meeting after promising to see one another at the next board meeting and annual general assembly to be held next year at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

AEARU 32nd BOD

2012 Osaka University Staff Workshop "Challenges associated with University Internationalization"

On Thursday, December 20, 2012, the Workshop "Challenges associated with University Internationalization" was held at the Faculty of Medicine's Icho Hall. This workshop was held in order to clarify areas for improvement in office routine through lectures and group discussion. International students and 17 staff members from divisions concerned with international exchange programs participated in this workshop.

The workshop started with a greeting by Trustee Shinnosuke OYAMA. Following that, in the first portion of the workshop, two lectures were held, "Internationalization at Osaka University" by MUKAI Hiroshi, Head, International Affairs Division, and "The Significance of Accepting International Students at a University" by ARIKAWA Tomoko, Vice Director, Center for International Education and Exchange.

In the second portion, under the themes of "Internationalization of Campuses" and "Risk Management," group discussions were held with staff from the Department of International Affairs. The lively discussions showed their increased awareness of the importance of university internationalization.

After that, each group presented the outcome of their discussion. The workshop closed with comments by HIRATA Kimiaki, Head, International Student Affairs Division.

 

職員研修24年度

2012 Presentations in English Workshop

On Monday, September 24, 2012, in order to improve office workers' English speaking skills, the 5th Presentations in English Workshop was held for beginners in the IC Hall. Thirty-three persons participated in the workshop -- 22 from Osaka University, and 9 from member universities of the Osaka-Kobe University Network for Internationalization (Kansai University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Kobe University, and Osaka University). In the workshop, following the greetings by MUKAI Hiroshi, Chief, International Affairs Division, Mr. Robert Bryan Perkins delivered a lecture and conducted a group workshop. The workshop closed with closing remarks by Director and Vice president Akira TAKAHASHI.

Participants stated that they were pleased with the content and pace of the workshop, with many of them saying it was very productive and they'd like to participate again next time.

英語プレゼン研修(24年度)

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