Welcome Lunch Held for International Students

On Monday, April 13 a welcome lunch was held for matriculating international students in the College of Economics. The students included six first-year international students from countries such as People's Republic of China and Republic of Korea. Also attending was the new cohort of students from University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China. This group of 13 students is the third cohort in a programme that sees UIBE students participate in Economics courses for one term in College of Economics. For many of these students, the programme is their first visit to Japan.

Administrative and academic staff from College of Economics attended the lunch, including members of the International Education Committee, Dean Ishiyama from College of Economics, and Dean Akiyama from Graduate School of International Social Sciences. Both Deans made speeches welcoming the students to YNU, encouraging them to work hard in their core curriculum and Japanese studies, while also enjoying the wider benefits of their sojourn in Japan.

As well as the international students, their Japanese tutors took part. College of Economics runs a tutor system to support international students with day-to-day life in Japan. This is a kind of ‘buddy’ system whereby existing students assist international students in logistical matters such as class registration, and dealing with medical and immigration procedures. Of course, assistance with economics studies is also provided.

he event was hosted by existing international students Wang Lu (People's Republic of China), Haolisi (People's Republic of China), and Kim Halim (Republic of Korea). They created a convivial atmosphere for everyone to relax and enjoy the food and conversation. With the academic year gaining momentum, this was a good opportunity to socialise the international students into the wider YNU community.

Staff and students at the Welcome Lunch
Staff and students at the Welcome Lunch