Reception for the 2011 GSP participants at UTokyo held

From left: Ms.Lee, Ms.Zhang and Dr.Egawa

A “Welcome and Farewell Party” was held on July 13 (Fri) in the evening at Sanjyo Meeting Hall of the Hongo Campus for this summer’s GSP (Global Summer Program) participants.
The party was attended by 31 students from abroad, three UTokyo GSP participants, and five UTokyo students of the UT-IRIS (University of Tokyo, International Relations Institution of Students), a volunteer organization which who helps organize such exchange programs as GSP events.
The party began with a welcome speech and toast by Professor Takeo Fujiwara, a Project Professor of the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education who has been in charge of the GSP program since its inception. Then all students introduced themselves, as was done in last year’s similar reception. A closing message was given by Dr. Masako Egawa, Executive VP of UTokyo and a director of FUTI. Prof. Fujiwara remarked, “I hope that you will study more diligently than ever by capitalizing on this opportunity. I would also like you to experience some Japanese culture as well.”
Ms. Wenyu Zhang and Ms. Tiffany Lee (both from U.C. Berkeley) who are recipients of the FUTI summer scholarships also attended the event, became acquainted with Dr. Egawa and the staff of the International Division, and expressed their excitement about studying at UTokyo. The party was infused with the energy and enthusiasm of young students, who quickly depleted the large amount of food that was served.

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