Talks with HSE Representatives
On the 11th of June, 2018, Professor Maxim Bratersky, Associate Professor Uliana Strizhak, research fellow Mr. Andrei Skriba, of the Higher School of Economics of National Research University (HSE), visited TUFS for talks with Executive Director and Vice President Kayoko Hayashi, Professor Kyoko Numano, Professor Yoshikazu Suzuki, and Professor Shigeru Arai. The talks centered on the implementation of a joint degree offered by HSE and TUFS, as well as short-term exchange programs to be offered in summer quarter and winter quarter.
In conjunction with the Inter-University Exchange Project being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, TUFS will be conducting the “TUFS Japan-Russia Business Summer School” program beginning this year; five students from HSE are expected to attend. While discussing preparations for this program, the representatives of the HSE expressed their desire that students from TUFS be able to participate in the summer or winter schools that are conducted at HSE. TUFS and HSE will continue further discussion to develop a program at HSE designed for TUFS students. Discussions concluded on a congenial note with the HSE representatives presenting their hosts with gifts from Russia.
Participation in the 1st General Meeting of the Japan-Russia University Association and the Japan-Russia Student Forum
The first General Assembly Meeting of the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan (the 7th Japanese-Russian Forum of University Rectors) and a Japan-Russia Student Forum were held at Hokkaido University and at a hotel in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, from Friday, May 18, to Sunday, May 20. When a Japan-Russia summit meeting was held in December 2016, a representative of Japanese institutions of higher education and a representative of Russian institutions of higher education signed a memorandum of understanding concerning the Association of Institutions of Higher Education of the Russian Federation and Japan, with the purpose of boosting exchanges among universities of Japan and Russia. The association was subsequently established in accordance with the memorandum. Following preparatory work by universities of the two countries, the association’s first general assembly meeting was held in Japan. The general assembly meeting was attended by about 160 people, with participants from 21 Japanese member universities, including the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and 11 Russian member universities, as well as participants from sponsor companies and universities having great interest in inter-university exchanges between Japan and Russia. The theme of the general assembly meeting was “Promotion of Human Resource Development for Japan-Russia Economic Cooperation and Personnel Exchange.” Within the framework of the general assembly meeting, three working sessions (on “personnel exchanges,” “health and medicine,” and “regional development”) and a Social Science and Humanities Forum were held, at which each member university was introduced and international exchange plans were presented. Furthermore, discussions were held concerning future measures for stimulating inter-university exchanges. Subsequently, a communique was prepared based on deliberations at the three working sessions and discussions at the Japan-Russia Student Forum. The president of Hokkaido University, a representative of Japanese universities, and the rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University, a representative of Russian universities, signed the communique. Moreover, it was agreed to establish a “committee for personnel exchanges between Japan and Russia,” a “student union,” and a “steering committee for specialized sections,” and to promote academic exchanges, especially among young researchers, collaboration across academic disciplines, and industry-university cooperation. Finally, by following the principle of holding a general assembly meeting every one and a half years, it was agreed to hold the next general assembly meeting in Russia in the autumn of 2019, with Moscow State University serving as the host.
From our university, Professor Kyoko Numano, Project Leader of the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia), and Specially-Appointed Professor Shigeru Arai, who serves as a coordinator for the project, participated in the general assembly meeting. At the working session on “personnel exchanges,” Professor Numano gave a speech in Russian in which she mainly provided an outline of our university and our university’s efforts to promote the Inter-University Exchange Project.
Commemorative photo of participants (Professor Kyoko Numano is in the back row, fifth from left.)
The Japan-Russia Student Forum was held on Friday (May 18) and Saturday (May 19) as an event related to the general assembly meeting, and a total of 34 Japanese and Russian students exchanged opinions on how to further promote exchanges between the two countries. From our university, Daisuke Hyodo, a sophomore majoring in Russian Studies at the School of International and Area Studies, participated in the student forum. A meeting to present the outcome of discussions at the forum was held before the general assembly meeting on May 19. To prepare for this presentation meeting, he and other students worked late into the night on the day before the meeting. Furthermore, Japanese and Russian students deepened exchanges with each other by participating in an excursion, a reception, and other events.
The following is a report by Mr. Hyodo on the student forum.
May 30, 2018
Participating in the Japan-Russia Student Forum 2018
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
School of International and Area Studies
Sophomore, Russian Studies Major
My name is Daisuke Hyodo, and I am a sophomore majoring Russian Studies. I participated in the Japan-Russia Student Forum held in the city of Sapporo on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19. Japanese and Russian university students from various fields participated in the forum on the theme of promoting exchanges between Japan and Russia. We were able to have a meaningful time mainly through an excursion and discussions. Because the participating students had significantly different backgrounds, I came to realize that there are many aspects to Russia, such as its economy, medical care, and agriculture. Furthermore, we were able to share an awareness that promoting our international exchanges starts from understanding each other’s culture. It goes without saying that through these practical experiences, my awareness for the importance of English and Russian language skills as fundamental tools has increased.
As an excursion, we visited the Historical Village of Hokkaido on the morning on May 18. Hokkaido is a land that was developed under the initiative of the Japanese government in the Meiji era. I was able to learn the history of the land together with Russian students by touring preserved buildings and seeing exhibits. It was very meaningful that I was able to talk with Russian students in a friendly atmosphere through the excursion before the discussion session in the afternoon. (Please see Photo 1 and Photo 2.) All of the Russian students in my group were fluent in Japanese, and I talked with them mainly in English and Japanese. I realized through this experience that if Japanese students use the Russian language more actively, it becomes easier for them to break the ice with Russian students. Because this event is held under the title “Japan-Russia Student Forum,” the outcome of its discussions tends, unsurprisingly, to receive a great deal of attention. However, I feel that I learned history while walking and talking with Russian students, enabling me to experience an international exchange that can only be understood by those who have experienced it and to build relationships that will continue even after the forum. The excursion was initially scheduled to be at the end of the program, but it was moved up to before the discussion session. I believe that this arrangement was made to enable us to participate in the discussion session in a relaxed manner.
In the afternoon, we had group discussions. I felt that during the discussion session, the participants frequently focused on cultural differences between Japan and Russia. My group made a presentation on “mutual understanding between Japan and Russia,” in which we proposed that we should respect cultural differences between the two countries and share each other’s culture. (Please see Photo 3.)
Subsequently, two representatives were chosen from each group, and the representatives made preparations to give a presentation during the main forum session on May 19. Other students held discussions about the establishment of a student union. I was chosen as the representative of my group, and I talked with other representatives in order to merge the groups’ presentations into a single presentation.
Each group’s discussions had unique features, and therefore, it was difficult to condense them into a single presentation. The representatives’ discussions also ended up focusing on a student union. Finally, four students were selected from among the representatives, and they made a presentation during the main forum session. Because I was not chosen as one of the four, I did background work, such as preparing a PowerPoint file. This forum was attended by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and people in charge of promoting exchanges between Japan and Russia at various universities. We prepared our presentation thinking that we should draw their attention to the fact that establishing a student union will greatly contribute to promoting exchanges between Japan and Russia. As a result, I feel confident that this plan has received a certain level of recognition. We students are currently proceeding with this plan of establishing a student union. I am looking forward to its future development.
TUFS delegation visited affiliated universities and companies in Vladivostok.
Travelogue on University/Company Visits under the “Inter-University Exchange Program (Russia)”
The Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) delegation consisting of Professor Kyoko Numano (Project Leader), Professor Izumi Maeda, Professor Shigeru Arai (Project Coordinator) and Ms. Aya Mizuta (specialist staff) visited Vladivostok from Tuesday, March 20 to Saturday, March 24, 2018.
The delegation met Mr. Evgenii Pustovoit, Head of the Department of Japanese Studies at Far East Federal University and explained the TUFS Inter-University Exchange Program (Russia). The delegation also discussed dispatching students of Far East Federal University to attend the TUFS Japan Russia Business Summer School scheduled to be held in July, and confirmed that both sides will strive to deepen exchange and cooperation between the two universities. Invited by Mr. Tatsuya Tanimoto, who completed master’s degree at TUFS and teaches Japanese at Far East Federal University, we visited the Japanese language class for the 4th year students at the Department of Japanese Studies. One of TUFS student studying at the university joined without advance notice in a role-playing assuming job interview in the class. We were very impressed by the high level of Japanese language proficiency and the witty replies of the students.
At the Consulate-General of Japan in Vladivostok, we had a meeting with Consul Keita Takayanagi and Vice-Cosul Kota Kageyama, who explained Japanese students’ safety management and visa issues. The Consul expressed his thanks to the two TUFS students for helping students at the local Japanese language supplementary school.
We were grateful to meet Mr. Seiichi Tsukagoshi (graduate of TUFS German Studies), Bureau Chief of NHK Vladivostok Bureau, Mr. Hidehiko Iwadare, General Manager of Vladivostok Branch Mitsui & Co. Moscow LLC and Mr. Ichiro Mase (graduate of TUFS Russian Studies), Controller and Administration Manager of Iida Group RUS, all of whom we thanked for providing two TUFS students with internship opportunities from December of last year, and requested their continued cooperation.
At the Japan Center in Vladivostok, Director Kazuyoshi Mukai gave a lecture on the activities of the center, a mechanism of the special economic zone in Vladivostok, and various events related to Japanese culture and others, and examined the possibility of internship of TUFS students in several respects.
As TUFS students studying at Far East Federal University live in the dormitory, which is located in Russky Island rather away from the town center, it is quite difficult for them to go to the town to conduct internship activities. However, this visit confirmed the possibility of expanded internship activities.
March 23 (Friday), 2018
TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network meeting held in Vladivostok
TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network took place in Vladivostok on Tuesday, March 23, 2018. This was a meeting organized for the first time by United for TUFS on the occasion of the visit to Vladivostok by a delegation led by Professor Kyoko Numano, Project Leader, to hold discussions with local partners (Far Eastern Federal University and Japanese organizations and companies).
The meeting was attended by ten people, as shown below, including four delegation members:
Mr. Ichiro Mase (Controller and Administration Manager, Iida Group RUS), Mr. Seiichi Tsukagoshi (Bureau Chief, NHK Vladivostok Bureau), Ms. Risa Okabe (Vice-Consul, Consulate General of Japan in Vladivostok), Mr. Tatsuya Tanimoto (Japanese language teacher, Far Eastern Federal University), a TUFS student at Far Eastern Federal University, a 2nd year undergraduate student in Vladivostok, Professor Kyoko Numano (TUFS Graduate School of Global Studies), Associate Professor Izumi Maeda (TUFS Graduate School of Global Studies), Professor Shigeru Arai (World Language and Society Education Centre) and Ms. Ryo Mizuta (staff of the Global Career Center).
As many TUFS alumni work actively at Japanese affiliates and government organizations in Vladivostok, we seized this opportunity to bring together the TUFS alumni working here, students from Far Eastern Federal University and the 2nd year undergraduate student of Russian Studies at TUFS who happened to be travelling in Vladivostok at that time, to deepen understanding about the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) and to discuss about future exchange and cooperation.
All the participants enjoyed lively discussions about topics including how Japanese students live in Russia, their future life plans, details of the work TUFS alumni engage in, advice on working in Russian society, and hints on life in general. The meeting laid the foundation for smooth communications among the members for the future.
March 2 (Friday), 2018
First External Evaluation Committee for Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia)
The first external evaluation committee for the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) “TUFS Japan-Russia Student Mobility Program: Creating Business Networks and Fostering Human Interaction” was held on March 2 (Friday), 2018.
The aim of the Committee is to contribute to the enhancement of the Program based on evaluation by outside experts. It was attended by five members: Fumihiko Kobayashi (Member of the Board, Senior Managing Executive Officer & Chief Administrative Officer, Itochu Corporation), Michitaka Hattori (Deputy Director General, Institute for Russian & NIS Economic Studies), Junichi Sato (Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo), Kensaku Kumabe (President, Russia-Eurasia Research Institute) and Tetsuya Umetsu (Director in charge of Russia and Eurasia Overseas Research Department of Japan External Trade Organization).
Following her opening address, Professor Kyoko Numano, Project Leader and Professor of the Graduate School of Global Studies presented an outline of the Program. This was followed by a report by Professor Shigeru Arai (Coordinator of the Program) of the World Language and Society Education Centre about the progress in FY2017, the student mobility program in FY2018, and initiatives for internships of special importance in the Program.
Based on these, the Committee had an active exchange of views, opinions, and questions ranging from a comprehensive perspective such as the positioning and features of the Program in the whole Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia), to the details of the outbound/inbound student program, internship, and desirable human resources to be fostered. The meeting was closed with the comment by Professor Numano that greater efforts will be made to enhance the Program based on the opinions expressed by the Committee.
February 14 (Wednesday), 2018
A seminar was held with a lecture by Associate Professor Liala Khronopulo of Saint Petersburg State University.
On February 14 (Wednesday), the seminar “Research History of the Japanese Language and Literature in Russia: research on Short-Short Story” was held. It consisted mainly of a lecture by Associate Professor Liala Khronopulo of Saint Petersburg State University at Institute of Transcultural Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. It was co-sponsored by the Inter-University Exchange Project 2017 and the Institute of Transcultural Studies as part of research and educational exchanges between Saint Petersburg State University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
The lecture consisted of a review of the history of Japanese language education in Russia followed by an outline of the content and features of Japanese short-short stories illustrated with abundant examples. Associate Professor Khronopulo brilliantly concluded her lecture by pointing out that Japanese short-short-stories are infinitely free ultra-short stories with original ideas, perfect plots and surprise endings.
In the Q&A and discussion sessions following the lecture, a variety of themes were actively discussed, including a comparison with Russian anecdotes characterized by humor, cynicism and wit, the independence of the short-short story category, a comparison with similar ultra-short stories in other cultures such as the UK, France and Russia, the relationship between short-short stories and science fiction, the possibility of using short-short stories in Japanese language education, and the criteria applied when Japanese literature is translated into Russian. Raising no end of topics and providing much food for thought, the seminar was a great success.
January 11 (Thursday), 2018
TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network meeting held
Members of the TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network (organized mainly by TUFS graduates experienced in Japan-Russia business sectors), one of the driving forces of our Inter-University Exchange Project “TUFS Japan-Russia Student Mobility Program: Creating Business Networks and Fostering Human Interaction”, held a meeting on TUFS campus to discuss support for execution of the project.
Attending the meeting were the following nine members (three from TUFS and six from outside).
TUFS: Project Leader and Professor Kyoko Numano of the Graduate School of Global Studies; Associate Professor Izumi Maeda of the Graduate School of Global Studies; and Professor Shigeru Arai of the World Language and Society Education Centre, coordinator of the program. From outside: Mr. Michio Tomi, Director, Alumni Association of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Mr. Motoichi Kato, Deputy General Manager, Global Marketing Division, JGC Corp.; Mr. Kensaku Kumabe, President, Russia-Eurasia Research Institute; Mr. Shoki Takemura, Chief Researcher, Russia-Eurasia Research Institute; Ms. Mari Asano, Chief of Secretariat, Japan-Eurasia Society; and Mr. Hiroshi Meguro, Managing Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (in charge of HQ Overseen Region), Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
At the meeting, opinions were exchanged about how to promote partnership among TUFS, the business network, and Tokyo Gaigokai (TUFS Alumni Association). In particular, various views were expressed regarding the ideal human resources who can contribute to future Japan-Russia business and how to nurture them, irrespective of TUFS students or those of Russian partner universities. The participants also discussed plans to increase the number of companies and organizations which will cooperate for the planned internship program offered in Russia and Japan to participating students from TUFS and the six partner universities, and to improve the contents of the program.
Commemorative Lecture of the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia)
On Thursday, January 11, 2018, a lecture titled “You Are Future Leaders Supporting Japan-Russia Economic Relations” was held to commemorate the selection of TUFS as a university participating in the Inter-University Exchange Project (FY2017). The lecturer was Mr. Hiroshi Meguro, who is a TUFS graduate from Russian Department and serves as Managing Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (in charge of HQ Overseen Region) at Mitsui & Co.
Mainly targeting TUFS students and adults active in business between Japan and Russia, the lecture was a great success, attracting about 100 participants. In the first half, Mr. Meguro talked about the reasons why he chose Russian Department of TUFS and joined a trading company, the attractiveness of business in Russia, and the future outlook of Japan-Russia business by sharing his own experience. In the second half, he explained the investment businesses that he has been involved in at Mitsui & Co., citing as examples the operation of payment system by QIWI Ltd. (launched in 2010), now called Fintech, and other projects.
In addition, Mr. Meguro often mentioned his expectations for TUFS students to further promote Japan-Russia business as well as the qualities and education required to play an active role in business between the two countries. The lecture was extremely interesting and inspirational for students who want a career in Japan-Russia business. Even after the lecture ended, many TUFS students lined up for questions, showing their high degree of interest in this field.
Commemorative Lecture titled “You Are Future Leaders Supporting Japan-Russia Economic Relations” uploaded on Youtube: TUFS Channel
Travelogue on University/Company Visits under “Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia)”
In order to implement the “Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia)” smoothly, Prof. Kyoko Numano, the project leader, and Prof. Shigeru Arai, the project coordinator, visited five of the six partner institutions involved in the project in Russia in November 2017 and sought further understanding of and cooperation for the TUFS project. For the purpose of fulfilling the mission of the project to provide participating students with internship opportunities, the two professors also visited the offices of Japanese companies operating in Russia to discuss the specific contents and schedule of internships.
At the same time, a TUFS delegation led by Vice President Kayoko Hayashi visited National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, one of the partner institutions committed to the project, and held a ceremony to open the TUFS Global Japan Office (GJO) at HSE in accordance with the agreement. Details of the visit are reported below.
November 16 (Thursday) St. Petersburg
Prof. Numano attended as a panelist a round-table discussion titled “Two worlds, two words, one ocean: The literary senses of Russia and Japan” at Ⅵ St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
Prof. Arai visited the Japan Center in St. Petersburg and discussed details of the planned internship program with Director Hitoshi Matsubara (a TUFS Russian-language course graduate).
November 17 (Friday) St. Petersburg
Prof. Numano and Prof. Arai visited the office of JETRO St. PETERSBURG and discussed preparations for the internship program with General Director Takahiro Miyagawa (a TUFS Russian-language course graduate).
The two later visited the management consulting company MTC Japan and discussed specific ways of implementing the internship program with Sales Manager Hiroshi Makino (a TUFS Russian-language course graduate).
November 20 (Monday) St. Petersburg
Prof. Numano and Prof. Arai visited St. Petersburg State University. They talked with Aleksandr Filippov, Director, Department of Japanese Studies, and Liala Khronopulo, Assistant Professor, Department of Japanese Studies. Both sides agreed to build a closer relationship of cooperation for the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) initiative. Prof. Numano delivered a lecture titled “Japonism in the early 20th century of Russia”at St. Petersburg State University in the presence of students from Department of Japanese studies and TUFS students studying at the university, among others.
Together with TUFS students studying at St. Petersburg State University
November 21 (Tuesday) Moscow
Prof. Numano and Prof. Arai visited the office of Sony Russia. They had detailed talks about the contents of the internship program with local senior Sony officials, including Operation Director Roman Potapov, HR General Manager Svetlana Marinina, and Elena Erokhova, Chief of General Administration .
At office of Sony Russia
Prof. Numano and Prof. Arai visited the Japan Center in Moscow. Director Michihiro Hamano readily agreed to cooperate for the internship program and gave us precious advice.
Prof. Numano and Prof. Arai visited Institute of Asian & African Studies at Moscow State University. They briefed Dr. Stella Bykova, Chief of the Japanese Philology Department, Assistant Professor Nataliya Krneta and other officials on the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia). The two sides confirmed that they would develop bilateral cooperative relations. Also present at the meeting was Valeriy Chastnykh, Deputy Director of the university’s Institute of Russian Language & Culture, who has given a lot of assistance and care for many years to TUFS students studying in Russia. The visitors also had practical talks with Coordinator Umida Alyakbarova.
November 22 (Wednesday) Moscow
A TUFS delegation visited the Embassy of Japan in Moscow. Its members comprised Vice President Kayoko Hayashi, Prof. Numano, Prof. Arai, Mai Nakagawa (Chief Officer, Office for International Affairs) and Keiko Kobayashi (Moscow Coordinator). The delegation briefed Minister Toshio Yamamoto and First Secretaries Koji Umehara and Hiroe Takahashi on the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia).
The delegation later visited Yamaha Music (Russia) and discussed preparations for the internship program with General Manager Tetsuya Hatano (a TUFS Russian-language course graduate).
At the Yamaha Music (Russia) office
The delegation also visited National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow and met with Ms. Marina Batalina, Head of the Office for International Cooperation, Dr. Uliana Strizhak, Head of the Japan Studies Program and Associate Professor, and Lecturer Pasivkina Sofiia (TUFS Global Japan Office Coordinator). The two sides discussed the implementation of Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) and confirmed the establishment of a system of cooperation and liaison in the future. They held a ceremony to open the Global Japan Office (GJO) in front of the Japan Studies Program office, with a GJO plate attached on the wall near the door of the office. TUFS Prof. Yoshikazu Suzuki also joined the ceremony who has been staying in Moscow on sabbatical.
In front of a the Japan Studies Program office with Global Japan Office plate
November 23 (Thursday) Moscow
The TUFS delegation (Vice President Hayashi, Prof. Numano, Prof. Arai and Chief Officer Nakagawa) visited Russian State University for the Humanities and briefed university officials on the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia). The officials included Acting Rector; Prof. Dr. Aleksandr Bezborodov, Vice Rector; Prof. Dr. Vera Zabotkina, Prof. Dr. Vera Podlesskaya, Head of the Research Center for Linguistic Typology and Dr. Maria Rukodelnikova, Head of the Oriental languages Department. Both sides discussed future cooperation for the project and confirmed joint efforts to promote it in a multifaceted and proactive manner, including the introduction of a double degree program and a joint degree (cotutelle) program.
At Russian State University for the Humanities
Prof. Numano, Prof. Arai and Coordinator Kobayashi visited the office of Yokogawa Electric CIS and discussed preparations for the internship program with Deputy General Director/Chief Financial Officer Nobuyuki Iwai, Deputy Sales Director Yasuo Saito (a TUFS Russian-language course graduate) and Vitaly Sergeev, HR Director for Russia & CIS and General Manager.
Prof. Arai and Coordinator Kobayashi also visited General Manager Mr. Hiroshi Furuta (a TUFS graduate) at Mitsubishi Electric Russia to consult the company about internships.
November 24 (Friday) Moscow
The TUFS delegation (Secretary-General Katsuhisa Sagisaka, Prof. Suzuki, Prof. Numano, Prof. Arai, Chief Officer Nakagawa and Moscow Coordinator Kobayashi) visited the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) and briefed institute officials on the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia). The officials included Dr. Egor Andreev, Head of the International Office, and Prof. Dmitry Streltsov, Head of the Afro-Asian Department. The two sides discussed closer cooperation in the future.
At Moscow State Institute of International Relations
The delegation visited Japanese Culture Department at Japan Foundation and discussed internships with its head, Counsellor Hiroshi Kozai of the Embassy of Japan, and its staff Yoko Sakanoue in charge of the Library for Foreign Literature.
Prof. Numano and Prof. Arai observed a exchange session “Romashka” conducted in Japanese and Russian at Japan center, which was also attended by a few TUFS students.
November 25 (Saturday) Moscow
Expansion and Support of the TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network
through TUFS Global Community Meeting in Moscow
On November 25, 2017, TUFS Global Community meeting was held in Moscow. This is the second time since 2014 that Moscow has hosted the Global Community meeting. The meeting was held on the occasion of a TUFS delegation visit to Moscow following its selection as one of the universities participating in FY2017 Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
One of the primary objectives of this visit was to have detailed discussions with partner universities in Moscow in order to further promote student exchanges between Japan and Russia. Other objectives were to ask Japanese companies and government organizations operating in Moscow to cooperate in providing Japanese and Russian students with internship opportunities, another major pillar of the Inter-University Exchange Project, and to discuss with the companies and organizations that had already agreed to accept interns the specific details of the internship programs.
Due to the shortness of their stay, the delegates were expected to be able to individually meet only a limited number of companies and government organizations. In fact, they managed to arrange meetings with just four companies and two organizations in between their appointments with partner universities. In view of these circumstances, the Tokyo Gaigokai Moscow Branch, an association of TUFS alumni living in Moscow, invited TUFS students studying in Russia, in addition to other participants, to organize a Global Community meeting based on its social reunion (Moscow Gaigokai) held several times a year. With the participation of TUFS alumni working for companies in various industries and government organizations in Moscow, the meeting was aimed at efficiently expanding the TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network (Business Network),* which supports our project, and at providing the alumni with an opportunity for communication with TUFS students studying in Russia.
To this end, at the meeting the delegates asked the alumni to actively participate in the Business Network and to make arrangements to accept TUFS students studying in Russia as interns at their offices. Meanwhile, the delegates explained to the TUFS students the significance of experiencing an internship in Russia, a foreign country for them, and some points to note when serving as an intern. Additionally, the delegates encouraged the students to be proactively involved in Business Network activities in the future when they become working members of society so as to provide the same support to their junior fellows as they received themselves.
Meeting participants from TUFS included Executive Director and Secretary-General Katsuhisa Sagisaka, Professor Kyoko Numano (the Project Leader, Institute of Global Studies, Russian Literature and Russian Culture), Professor Yoshikazu Suzuki (Institute of Global Studies, Modern Russian Regional Studies, Economic History, and Comparative Economic Systems), and other delegates. From the Tokyo Gaigokai Moscow Branch, 17 members attended the meeting, including Branch Director Yoshihisa Tachi and some former students who returned to Russia after studying at TUFS. Also with the participation of 12 TUFS students studying in Russia, a total of 35 people gathered for the reunion.
In this way, the initial objectives of the visit to Moscow were generally achieved.
*The TUFS Japan-Russia Business Network is a community of TUFS graduates who are active in or have experience in Japan-Russia business to support TUFS in implementing the Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) from the alumni perspective. The members are expected to offer support, such as providing career consultation for current TUFS students and students from Russian partner universities, talking to them about business between Japan and Russia, and giving internship opportunities or serving as a bridge to give such opportunities to their junior fellows at their companies and organizations.
At the global community meeting
Our program brochure is now available on our website
“TUFS Japan-Russia Student Mobility Program: Creating Business Networks and Fostering Human Interaction” has been selected as one of the ‘Inter-University Exchange Projects’ in August 2017.