FUTI participates in the “Go Global 2012” Fair at the Komaba Campus

The “Go Global 2012” Fair, which was designed to encourage UTokyo students to study abroad, was held at the Komaba Campus on May 26th (Thu) and 27th (Fri) .
The plenary session on general information of May 26th was attended by about 500 participants, nearly filling the meeting room –Lecture Theater 900– to its capacity. The meeting started with a welcome speech by Dr. Masako Egawa, Executive Vice President, followed by a session in which the International Affairs Division’s staff provided general information regarding the oversea study programs. Then five students who had studied abroad reported on their experiences, and a panel discussion by them concluded the meeting.
In the general information session, such topics as UTokyo’s exchange programs, short-term study abroad programs, scholarships, etc. were presented. In the session where the five students spoke, various types of oversea experiences were reported, including individually arranged oversea studies, ones arranged by some exchange programs, short-term studies, volunteer work, and internships abroad. In the panel discussion, which lasted for about an hour, the five panelists exchanged their opinions on happenings or opportunities that triggered their decisions to study abroad.
Individual counseling sessions were held in a newly built “21KOMCEE (Komaba Center for Educational Excellence).” Twenty-four groups (see the list below), including Friends of UTokyo, ran information booths. Despite the rainy weather, as many as 1200 students in total visited these booths to gather information concerning the international exchange programs, language requirements, etc. Mr. Yoichi Yoshida and Mr. Junpei Noda of the Development Division of UTokyo kindly represented Friends of UTokyo, Inc. and met individually 49 students who visited the FUTI booth. Many of them showed serious interest in FUTI’s programs, and asked such questions as the length and timing of overseas study and the institutions they could attend. Messrs. Yoshida and Noda found that the students were looking for scholarships such as FUTI’s International Leadership Awards that are flexible, not necessarily linked to specific institutions or summer programs. The following is a list of the twenty four organizations that participated in the event:
The International Affairs Division of UTokyo
The School of Liberal Arts AIKOM (Abroad in Komaba) Committee of UTokyo
National Taiwan University
Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI)
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
UCSD FGL (University of California at San Diego’s Future Global Leader) Program
VIA (Volunteer in Asia) Stanford Program
Never-ending International work Campus Exchange (NICE)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
World Bank Tokyo Office
The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Japan
AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales)’s
University of Tokyo Local Committee
Infosys Ltd
French Government Study Abroad Office
Campus France
British Council
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst; German Academic Exchange Service)
The Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
Fulbright Japan
The Finnish Institute in Japan
Embassy of Canada to Japan
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan
Austrian Embassy Tokio

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