In mid-July, Dr. Masako Osako, a member of the FUTI Award Committee, visited Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, to meet with four recipients of the 2013 FUTI Global Leadership Award.
Sitting in Book Trader Café or Cask Republic (both being popular eating and gathering places for students in New Haven), the students talked to Ms. Osako about their life at Yale campus. The study is quite demanding, they say. They have to work on home work every day, prepare for classroom presentations, and participate in team projects. At the same time, however, they are gaining valuable international experiences through direct interactions with U.S. and other international students.
Mr. Yasuaki Inada (junior in Law and Politics) is enrolled in a Global Summer Program (GSP), “Sustainability and Institutions.” Ms. Nako Kondo (senior in International and Social Relations) is enrolled in regular summer school courses, “U.S. Strategy After the Cold War” and “Film, Video, and American History”. Ms. Kondo says, “The classes are challenging and interesting. Instead of just giving lectures alone, the instructors try hard to get the students involved in discussion and work on team projects. After having got used to UTokyo’s lecture format given in large classrooms for the past two years, I find this environment very refreshing and challenging. I am learning how to think quickly and to speak up as often as possible.
Mr. Junya Tominaga (2nd year Masters in Interdisciplinary Information Studies) and Mr. Kohei Oyabu (2nd year Masters in Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering) are both enrolled in the English Language Institute (ELI)’s six week program, which is designed to help international students improve their English proficiency. Mr.Oyabu says, “Learning to improve my English skill is certainly valuable. But my ELI experience has gone beyond the academic aspect; it has broadened my horizons for global understanding. I have got acquainted with two Islamic students in my class; one is from Indonesia and the other, from Iran. We help each other in our study and travel together to Boston and other places. I have begun to understand the Islamic way of life through this personal contact.
All the four students expressed their gratitude to FUTI, which made their experience possible and they hope that more students experience summer studies in the U.S. with FUTI’s scholarships in coming years.
Articles in this newsletter:
- Alumni in Japan and Illinois Make the Fourth Annual Campaign Successful
- The Annual Board and Advisory Committee Meeting Held
- Eight More Receive FUTI’s Summer Scholarships for Participating in GSP and Other Summer Programs
- UTokyo Students Challenge Summer Sessions at Yale
- Reception Held to Welcome UTokyo Students on a “Taiken” Program
- 2013 UTRIP Reception Held
- GSP Reception Held at UTokyo
- 450 Students Attend Overseas Study Orientation Program at Komaba
- FUTI’s Support of Kavli-IPMU’s Program Continues
- FUTI’s Grant to the Columbia-UTokyo Joint Lecture Program Renewed
- Dr. Fumiko Tamura Appointed "Advisor to Treasurer"
- Dr. Shigenori Matsushita joins the Award Committee
- Mr. Seiei Ono, FUTI Advisory Committee Member, Returns to Japan
- Mr. Sung Kie Paik, a New York Ichokai Member, Dies
- Blog Article: ”Science of Vowels” by Shigenori Matsushita
- Book Review, “Mathematicians Who Lost Their Faces: Essays in Idleness on Mathematics,” by Shoshichi Kobayashi