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Opening Ceremony for 2022 Kyoto iUP Preparatory Course


Students' Activities

October 19, 2022


The Opening Ceremony for the Kyoto iUP Preparatory Course was held on September 30, 2022. This year we are welcoming 26 new students from Canada, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Viet Nam. This year, for the first time in three years, all preparatory course students were able to travel to Japan before the start of the course and participate in the opening ceremony in person.


EVP welcome address.jpgEVP Hirajima delivering a welcome address

The ceremony opened with a welcome address by Professor Takao Hirajima, the Executive Vice President, who introduced Kyoto University's basic philosophy of "自学自習(self-study)" and encouraged the students to make many friends and study Japanese language hard. Then Professor Hisashi Miyagawa, director of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS), delivered a welcome presentation. In the presentation, after explaining the origins of the university, Prof. Miyagawa emphasized the importance of overcoming challenges with new ideas.

ILAS Director Miyagawa giving a welcome presentation.jpgILAS Director Miyagawa giving a welcome presentation

Next, the ILAS Professors and Lecturers who will be teaching the students during the next six months of the preparatory course introduced themselves to the students.

ILAS Professor Hasebe introducing himself.jpgILAS Professor Hasebe introducing himself

Finally, the new preparatory course students introduced themselves. Everyone gave a speech about their aspirations for university life, partially using Japanese they had studied.


Student04.jpgPreparatory Course students introducing themselves

Preparatory courses began in October. The new Kyoto iUP students will start their lives in a completely new environment. We hope that they will spend next six months helping each other and spending fruitful time with their classmates.

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Kyoto iUP (Kyoto University International Undergraduate Program)