Class Exchanges with students at the Pennsylvania State University (2021/5/11～2021/6/4)
Our students and students studying Japanese language at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU), our partner school, enjoyed a class exchange activity from May 11 to June 4, 2021!
24 Ibaraki University students taking "Japanese Pop Culture" attended the "Japanese through Manga" class at the PSU using a teleconferencing system. In the exchange, students talked about Japanese pop culture in Japanese language for about 30 minutes every day.
The students at Ibaraki University were surprised that the Japanese pop culture was consumed all over the world.
Interaction with students taking the "Japanese Media and Current Issues" course at the University of Technology Sydney（June 1）
On Tuesday, June 1, at 9 AM (Japan Time), 10 students from Ibaraki University interacted with students taking the "Japanese Media and Current Issues"
course at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
This event was organized by UTS students as they launched a newsletter to introduce social issues about Australia. It was impressive to see them talking with each other about the issues using various languages.
【Japanese Language Training Course Lv.4】Online exchange event with students from Indonesia and Shonandai High School students（May 28）
On Friday, May 28, 4 exchange students from Indonesia enrolled in Level 4 class of the Japanese Language Training Course participated in an online exchange event with 12 students from Shonandai High School in Kanagawa prefecture.
The students of both schools conducted a survey before the meeting, and on the day of the meeting, they interviewed each other based on the survey. The students of Shonandai High School were able to deepen their understanding of Indonesian culture and life style, and our exchange students were able to deepen their understanding of the high school students' thoughts and life styles through this interaction!
They will compline the results and share the information with both schools.
1st Event Welcome Party for New International Students 2021 (April 30)
On Friday, April 30, we organized Welcome Party for New International Students.
A total of 39 new international students, senior international students and Japanese students participated in this party and enjoyed communication through games and free talk session planned by student staff.
This event was be held as a part of Tsunagaro Project.
For more information about the Tsunagaro Project, please take a look at our special website:
COIL Project with Students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, USA (2021/5/9)
In the Japanese Pop Culture A class in first quarter,
our students collaboratively worked with students studying Japanese language at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS)
as an Online Collaborative International Learning (COIL) project.
In this project, students investigated the relationship between COVID-19 and the consumption of J-pop, as well as changes in the lifestyles.
On the morning of Sunday, May 9 (Japan Time), we organized a session to report their findings. Participants gave positive comments such as "I'm glad that I had a change to interact with students from outside of Japan" and "I think what made this project interested me is that it made us from different countries in one team. We learned how to communicate with each other, how to cooperate, how to allocating tasks and combine our tasks. We saw the differences and comprehended the differences. And we made friendships."
Online Chat Organized by International Lounge Tutors（May 17）
Online Chat Organized by International Lounge Tutors
Time & Date 11:55-12:35 on Monday, May 17
Location Teams (Code: yp20izy) Channel>◎All Campuses
Chat in small groups in the breakout room!
Registration Register from the following link by May 14th on Friday.
COIL Project with Students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, USA (2021/4/24)
In the Japanese Pop Culture A class in first quarter, our students are collaboratively working with students studying Japanese language at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) as an Online Collaborative International Learning (COIL) project.
In this project, students are conducting a mini research project on the topic of "COVID-19 and its influences on Japanese pop culture."
We had the third online meetings on the night of Saturday, April 24. In this meeting, students analyzed the survey data they conducted and planed for the interviews. From now, they will collaboratively prepare for the final presentation, which will be held on May 9!
COIL Project with Students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, USA (2021/4/10 & 2021/4/18)
In the Japanese Pop Culture A class in first quarter, our students are collaboratively working with students studying Japanese language at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) as an Online Collaborative International Learning (COIL) project. 3 students from Ibaraki University and 2 students studying Japanese language at the UWS are collaboratively conceding a mini research project on the topic of "COVID-19 and its influences on Japanese pop culture."
We had online meetings on the night of Saturday, April 10 and the morning of Sunday, April 18 (Japan Time). In the two meetings, students decided their research topic and created questions for the questionnaire. They will analyze the date, plan interviews, and prepare for the presentation collaboratively with UWS students!
Study Abroad conference with JALT Study Abroad SIG in September 2021
The Center for Global Education will co-host the Study Abroad conference with JALT Study Abroad SIG in September 2021.
Here is the information about the conference:
Date Saturday, September 4, 2021
Time 9:00-17:00 (Japan Time)
Venue Online (Access information will be provided after registration.)
Participation Fee No Charge
Call for Proposals 【Submission Deadline: Sunday, June 20】
We would like to invite proposals that will discuss study abroad both outbound and inbound. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Welcome party for new international students（April 30）
We organize a welcome party for new international students.
We will play games and have nice conversations, so this is a good chance to make lots of new friends.
We would like to give the international students a warm welcome.
We are looking forward to the applications of students who are interested in international exchange and those who want to make new friends.
This party will be held online.
◆Date: Friday, 30 April, 2021 18:30 - 20:00
◆Contents: Game, free talking
◆Capacity: 80 students (Priority to new international students)
Application: You should apply until 12 April 2021, 13:00
If you have any questions, please contact to International Exchange Division, Ibaraki Univ.
(Change [at] to @ to send the email)
Online orientation for incoming exchange students!
Online furoshiki workshop（March 17）
On Wednesday, March 17, we organized an online furoshiki workshop.
Before the workshop, participants received a furoshiki with the Ibaraki University logo on it (participants who live outside Japan received by international mail), and at the workshop, they learned how to use the original furoshiki under the guidance of the expert from Yamada Sen-I Co..
For this event, 400 students registered; however, due to the limited spaces, 80 people were allowed to participate.
A participant mentioned that "This event was very enjoyable, and the presenters were kind. I learned a lot about the techniques and history of furoshiki."
The short-term online program about Japanese language education at Haiphong Vietnam
From March 1 to 6, the short-term online program about Japanese language education in Vietnam was conducted online.
This program was originally planned in a face-to-face mode, but due to the spread of COVID-19, the program was held online this year. Participants attended ZOOM meeting daily from 11:00 to 14:30 and from 15:30-17:00 to participate in the program offered by Haiphong University.
Some of the participants commented, "I became more aware of Japanese language education than before I participated in this program." and "although it was remote, I was able to see the lives of Vietnamese people and it was a very valuable experience.".
On March 8 and 9, we will deliver an online Japanese cooking class and a tour of Mito City to students of Haiphong University!
The short-term online program about Japanese language education started!
The short-term online program about Japanese language education started today (March 1)!
Due to the spread of COVID-19, it is difficult to go abroad; however, with the various ideas of teachers of Haiphong University in Vietnam, very unique online sessions are conducted!
On the first day of the program, students attended campus tour, visited the house of student, learned how to make Vietnamese coffee, and learned about overviews of the Japanese language education in Vietnam.
The sessions from Vietnam will continue until March 6 and students of Ibaraki University will broadcast to students in Vietnam on Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9!