学長・野風草だより

No.803

No.803 2017年7月7日(金)

大成功だった初めてのHorizons Summer Program

 本学で初めての短期での留学研修が行われました。短い準備期間だったにもかかわらず、ベトナムの外国貿易大学から2名、タイのバンコク大学から1名、中国の上海対外経済貿易大学から1名、台湾の台中科技大学から2名の留学生を迎えることが出来ました。6月26日から7月7日の2週間ほど、6回の日本語の講座、14回の本学教員による英語の講義を受けました。そして本学の茶道部による茶道体験、学生との交流、さらには大阪はもちろん、京都、奈良、神戸へのミニ旅行も体験してもらいました。
 英語の講義は順に、高橋亘、岩佐托朗、重光美恵、古宮昇、閻立、漆さき、林明信、鵜飼奈津子、藤原健、本村光江、籠谷公司、吉田弘子、吉田建一郎、藤井大輔の各先生でした。お忙しい中、お引き受けいただいた先生方に篤く御礼申し上げます。

 開校式、閉校式でお話ししたスピーチは、以下の通りです。7月5日には、留学生たちと一緒に行きつけのセブンで、私の4年生ゼミ生たちと交流しました。最初はビビッていましたが、酒がすすむにつれて身振り手振りで和やかに懇談していました。美味しい刺身、手作りの家庭料理に、留学生たちは大喜びでした。
 最終日には6名によるパワポでのプレゼンが行われました。皆さん、大変満足されているのがよくわかり、うれしかったです。講義された先生方はもちろん、ちょうどニュージーランドのワイカト大学の先生も来られていて、活発にディスカッションをしていました。閉校式のあとは、すでに来ている留学生たち、本学学生たちと一緒に、フェアウェルの七夕パーティーを楽しみました。
 初めての試みにもかかわらず、皆さまのおかげで大成功でしたね。ご尽力いただいた閻立国際交流委員長はじめ、国際交流課のスタッフの皆さま、講義していただいた14人の先生方、ほかご協力サポートいただいた皆さま、学生さんに、重ねて御礼申し上げます。来年にはさらに改善をして内容を充実させるとともに、多くの国々からたくさんの留学生を迎えられるといいですね。

Good morning. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am the President,  Mitsutoshi Tokunaga.
I feel much honored to have you to our university. On behalf of Osaka University of Economics, let me extend our warmest welcome and sincere gratitude to you for your presence.
With participants from China, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, we aim to develop each person’s cultural awareness through a variety of activities and classes in this Summer Program.
As always, my goal for this program is to create a welcoming place where you can expand your minds and develop valuable skills that will allow you to more fully navigate this increasingly globalized world. The time spent here at this Summer Program will allow a deeper cultural understanding and friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Thank you for joining us on this Summer Program here at Osaka University of Economics and we hope you are excited to experience all the benefits during staying in Osaka!
I do believe that this Summer Program will make you have precious motivation to know Osaka and Our University.
Thank you!

Good afternoon. On behalf of Osaka University of Economics, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you to the Closing Ceremony for the Summer Program.
It is indeed my pleasure to make a few closing remarks and express gratitude to all participants. As you may know, this is the first time to organize Summer Program at Osaka University of Economics.
We deeply apologize for having troubled you very much.Today I am very pleased to have the Closing Ceremony successfully. And let me also take this opportunity to thank Our staffs who made every effort to make this Summer Program reality with amazing  powerful passion.
I do hope you all contribute to make an important friendship bridge between Your University and Our University using the concepts that you learnt at this Summer Program.
Thank you.

■Andrew Walton
National Taichung University of Science and Technology

I had an amazing time participating in the 2017 Horizons Summer Program at Osaka University of Economics. I have traveled to Japan on several occasions in the past, but I would have to say through this program I really gained an understanding of the heart of the Japanese people. Most of all I really enjoyed the time with the teachers and faculty of the school. I felt quite honored to be so warmly welcomed to the school and I honestly was overwhelmed by the amazing hospitality by all the teachers and staff during our time here.
Through the professors’ lectures, student exchanges and trips to Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and Kobe I was able to learn about different aspects of life here in Japan. I will store these unforgettable memories and reminisce about them for years to come. Through the Horizons Summer Program I gained the ability to see Japan the country as whole on a much deeper level. I now better understand Japan`s history and what sort of obstacles Japan faces now and in the near future.
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■Wang Bowen
Shanghai University of International Business and Economics
 
We attended class for a few days, and we went to travel for a few days. From the class we learned a lot such as Japanese society, Japanese culture, Japanese history and of course, Japanese language. And we went to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe as a tour. We also spent a wonderful day in the USJ. These days are a little tired but unbelievable.
What interested me a lot maybe is the harmony between the human and the nature. I can see the crow anywhere in the city. I also saw the dove playing with children in the USJ. When we went to Nara Park, the deer shocked me a lot. They even nod their head to make me laugh so that I can give them food. I love these deer and I am sure they love me too. I think the harmony between the human and nature makes today’s Japan. No pollution, no conflict, Japanese develop the economics in a peaceful and harmonious environment and now become a huge country although the land is small. The success gives a very positive example to the other countries in Asia.
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■DUONG PHUONG MAI
Foreign Trade University
 
I am glad that I am typing these words to tell you about my feelings during this course. I got a lucky opportunity for attending Horizons Summer Program in Japan. This is the first time I have been in Japan, Osaka as well. At first, I was rather nervous whether I could adapt myself to the environment or Japanese people liked me or not. But then I changed my mind. Because people here were very nice and hospitable, which made me more comfortable. OUE teachers and staffs also treated me enthusiastically. I was surprised.
I was taken to visit many famous places such as Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Byodoin temple, Coca Cola Factory and Todai-Ji temple. I also experienced the first things I have never done in my life. Making sushi or ramen was very great. Moreover, I met many new friends from different countries who are helpful and lovely. Japanese friends are so cute, too. I really don’t want to say goodbye. I want to say thank you many times for all things which you gave me. This is memorial moment in my life. When I come back Vietnam, I will miss you so much. Arigatoogozaimasu!
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■Nguyen Son Ha Anh
Foreign Trade University
 
Attending the Horizons Summer Program at Osaka University of Economics allowed me to know more about Japan and Japanese culture. First of all, when I chose this program, I aimed that I could gain in-depth knowledge about this wonderful country. In Vietnam, we learned a lot that Japanese locals behave good manners and attitudes toward societies. At the same time, Vietnam and Japan have a strong relationship that I could go to Japan successfully. So now, when I have done this program, I believe that I made a right decision. The horizons summer program provided me a wide range of lessons such as about Japanese, changing in culture, and economic situations of Japan. These things helped me have a deep view about Japan in general. In addition, I could participate in many real trips containing various interesting and valuable activities that make me not only know Japan through books or Internet but also through the life in reality. I acquired more skills as well like presentation, communication with foreigners from other countries and cultures, adaptation in multinational environment.
All the things this program provided me are priceless and I will never forget. Moreover, when I was studying here, I also made a lot of friends from other nations, which help me know more about other cultures. The most outstanding point is that Japanese people in this program are significantly kind that they help me more than I could expect. They made me surprised and satisfied due to a great of favors I got during I was studying in Osaka University of Economics. Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for inviting me to such a great program.
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■WONGWATCHARA WAEWWABSRI
Bangkok University
 
Hello! My name is Prame. I am from Thailand, and this is my first time to come to Japan to learn and get some new experience. It was great! , On the first day of this program I feel fear to talk with Japanese people because I’m very nervous and exited but on the second day I was learning about Japanese people and I met some new friends. They are very nice and we take lots time together and became closer. In this program we have to study about Japanese language, Japanese Culture and Japanese History, and I thought that Japanese class is very fun and easy to understand because they have many good teacher to teach us and also lecture class too, it’s was fun and interested. They also have some Trips like Kyoto trip, Nara trip and Kobe trip. I’m so very enjoined and this tree trips are very fun and awesome! So if anyone want to know more and want some nice experience in japan, this program is good for you. So… Thank you.
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■WANG KUEI-YIN
National Taichung University of Science and Technology
 
I am so glad that I have this opportunity to participate this summer program. Because this program let me learn lots of things about Japan, like Japanese currency, features of the Japanese society, compared to Japanese culture and west culture, and so on. Also, it give us a lot of special experiences, like enjoying tea ceremony, making sushi, my own instant noodles, and ice cream sample. All of these things are that I never experience before, and I feel so unforgettable. And I meet so many wonderful people here, teachers take very good care of us, Japanese people are kind, and all of friends I meet here are really nice. I think two weeks is so short that I don’t want to say goodbye to them who became my family already.
Next time, I will definitely come to japan again.
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○閻国際交流委員長からのコメント
I am pleased to report that our first ever Horizons Summer Program, held between June 26th, 2017 and July 8th, 2017 was a success. We would first and foremost like to take this opportunity to extend our most sincere gratitude to the many individuals, groups, departments, and faculties who contributed so much of their time and talents to ensure this success. Thank you all, everyone, very, very much.

Our initial group of six students were able to participate in a program comprised of workshops, language exposure, various day trips, presentations, and student forums. The comments and feedback received from the participants has been overwhelmingly positive, including our request for input on how we could improve the program for next year, and beyond. This solicitation from the participants will remain a very important factor in ensuring that the product we develop and the service we deliver through this exchange comes as close as possible to meeting – and hopefully exceeding – their expectations. 

The success of programs like this are based overwhelmingly on their reputation, and it is our belief and focus that by leveraging our strengths in both human and organizational resources, we shall be able to deliver many more successful iterations of the Horizons Summer Program in the future.

It is extremely important that we continue to articulate the fact that we are very, very proud of the strength of our relationships with the many  institutions of higher learning in other countries, particularly in the value these relationships provide in both the academic and social value they offer to our students and to those students from overseas. 

These relationships form an extremely important part of our core values and educational philosophy, and we must continue to actively promote that. The success of the Horizons Summer Program provides an excellent opportunity for us to not only enhance our existing relationships, but to proactively seek to expand these types of agreements with other like-minded organizations. Furthermore, our educational exchange programs are also an extremely important part of our efforts to offer students different learning opportunities, both here and abroad. 

We designed the Horizons Summer Program 2017 as a creative, learning cultural exercise and we are absolutely confident that this is a program which will not only continue to be an attractive educational opportunity for the students who attend, but something that can only bring increased exposure to and value to our university as we look forward.