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International Exchange Gathering

Through lectures and conversations with international students, students at IPNU get to experience the diverse range of values that exist in different cultures, gain a broader international perspective, and develop a greater motivation to study overseas.

In the 2015 year, a Russian exchange student to Kanazawa Seiryo University, Andrei EMELIANOV, was invited to speak about his motivations for overseas study and his experiences in Japan. In addition, we also had a presentation by the fourth-year IPNU student MATSUI Kumi on the topic of activities as a part of JICA, in which she spoke about her valuable experiences and activities during her three years in Nicaragua (in Central America). After their presentations, the audience split into groups and had the opportunity to further their discussion with the two, through direct conversation. (Held December 22, 2015)

Feedback Following the Presentations

1. Increased Interest in Gaining Experience Overseas or Going on Study Trips

  • I had some interest in overseas training, but I didn’t know what to do, and was worried about whether I could really do it. I was undecided, but listening to the presentation made me want to go.
  • It was really great to participate today. After listening to Andrei’s and Kumi’s talks today, I became motivated to contribute on a global level. I don’t think there will be many opportunities like this to expand my horizons, so I think I shouldn’t miss this chance to actually “go for it” once I am really ready. And if this kind of event is held again, I would love to participate!
  • The common theme between both talks was “changing your perspective will expand your horizons for the future.” I will remember those words the most.
  • Listening to the experiences of these two people taught me that in order to go on a study trip, one must have a strong will and specific goals. By having goals, I feel that I will gain the courage to go on a study trip. I thought that it was really cool to be able to go to another country and put in the effort to make a change in a village. I would now like to have my own goals and go on a study trip.

2. Discovering Differences in Values (Norms Are Not Universal) and Gaining Broader Perspectives

  • I was surprised at Mr. Emelianov‘s interest in Japan and ability to take action and apply for university in Japan. Ms. Matsui’s talk made me realize that norms are not universal. I think that people who can go to different countries for the benefit of others are amazing. I learned that the important thing about study trips is learning about the culture and language of the destination. I also found out that money is currently an issue.
  • I just thought it was amazing that Kumi went to Nicaragua as a volunteer for rural development. I was impressed by the speakers because they understood the differences between their own thinking and that of others, and they had broad perspectives.

3. Thinking about Understanding People

  • I realized that it is not just personal backgrounds, but a country’s and village’s backgrounds that have effects on people’s lives.
  • I learned that there are diverse value systems — norms in Japan are not necessarily the norm overseas. Working as a nurse, I think I will have opportunities to come into contact with a wide range of people, and I realized that I will have to treat them with consideration for their backgrounds.

4. An Opportunity for Self-Examination

  • My perspective has been broadened. I felt glad to have been born in Japan, and I would like to find something that I can do, and that I can focus on.

5. Wanting to Learn about Other Cultures and Provide Nursing Care to People from Other Countries

  • It was good to participate because I learned about the actual activities of JICA and thoughts from those who have participated. There are more and more foreign visitors to Kanazawa, and you never know when they might become patients. I would like to learn about different cultures and gain the ability to provide nursing care to people from other countries.

6. A Strong Will Is Important and an Interest in Cultures Can Motivate

  • It was a very good opportunity, because it was my first time hearing the experiences of people who have actually participated in JICA. I also got a better understanding of how other countries provide assistance. I thought it was amazing that a small thing like comics could be the motivator for a study trip, and that this part of Japanese culture could have such an effect on someone.
  • I feel like there is a lot to learn from going to another country. It could be hard to go on a study trip or go overseas as part of JICA — someone might need to have a strong will to be able to actually do it.t.