Holding of a Welcome Party for the New Spring-term International Students
April 30, 2019
On Friday, April 5th, a welcome party for the new spring-term international students of 2019 took place at the New Prince Hall on campus. A total of 240 exchange students from 28 countries and regions and from universities such as the University of Sao Paulo, George Mason University, the University of Indonesia, and the University of Calgary gathered and were welcomed by President Yoshihisa Baba, Prof. Masaru Osanai (Dean of International Affairs), and faculty and staff at the International Affairs Office.
Sharing his own experience as an exchange student, President Baba stated, "On this Soka University campus, where students from around the world gather, please fully learn and use this experience as your nourishment for growth. If any problem arises, please discuss the situation with any faculty, staff, or seniors in the dormitory and spend your campus life with a sense of assurance." After the Japanese-style kampai cheer, they all clinked their glasses and enjoyed joyful conversations.
Comments from the international students that participated are as follows:
"Hearing stories from seniors that study at Soka University's graduate school, I became interested in this university. I will study in the English Medium Program (EMP), where I can obtain a degree by taking courses in English. I want to learn various ways of thinking and gain the strength to contribute to society." (Female student from Syria)
"During my high school years, I became interested in Japanese culture and customs, and I came to Soka University to learn Japanese. Thanks to the wonderful support of the seniors in the dormitory and the staff of the International Affairs Office, I am spending my life in Japan with a sense of security. I will study hard, and in the future, I would like to contribute to the development of exchanges between Japan and South Korea." (Male student from South Korea)