SIT Global Day 2016 was held at Toyosu Campus on November 1, 2016. The event theme for this year was “Be An Ambassador!” where every student had a chance to reflect on how they may represent their home country and home university when they were abroad.

Session 1

President Masato Murakami gave the opening remark, recalling the impressions and lessons from his own time as an international student in America.
President Murakami addressed both international and domestic students to be mindful of the fact that by being Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) students, they are ambassadors of SIT’s values and cultures, in addition to their home countries’. Japanese students will represent Japan when they travel overseas. International students, too, will represent Japan when they return home.

Next, the Center for Educational Innovation recognized the students who have shown their outstanding achievements on the TOEIC. We have four types of awards to encourage and motivate students: the Presidential Award of Excellence (900 or above), the Vice-Presidential Award of Excellence (between 800 and 895), the Award of Excellence (between700-795), and the SIT TOEIC 550 Achievement Certificate (between 550 and 695).

Total number of awardees: 319

Award Criteria Number of Awardees
President Award Scores of 900 and higher 8
Vice President Award Scores of 800-895 34
Excellence Award Scores of 700-795 74
Certificate of Achievement SIT 550 Scores of 550-695 203

Dandan Li (Design and Engineering, 2nd year), an international student from China who received the Presidential Award of Excellence, shared her tips for studying English: “I love watching movies and TV dramas. So to practice listening, I watched movies that were adopted from books. After watching the movie, I read the original book.” Li explained that it was easier for her to read the original book after already knowing the storyline. “This was also how I learned Japanese,” she added.

Mr. Tohru Tsuda spoke on stage on behalf of the Institute for International Business Communication (IIBC), the non-profit organization that promotes globalization of Japan through TOEIC tests. Mr. Tsuda congratulated the awardees on their achievements and said, “Your future is bright, for the demand for globally-minded engineers continues to grow among employers. I encourage you to keep up your hard work.”

Ms. Hiroko Kusunoki, an alumna and an award-winning architect based in Paris, France, went on stage for a conversation with two current students on her struggles to professional success in Paris. “Going abroad is not the final objective,” she advised students, “Your objective should be getting to the same level as the local students.”

Following the talk with an alumna, two student groups, members of Dr. Hideki Yokoi’s laboratory and UNI-ted, gave presentations on a corporate social responsibility initiative and a proposal for a virtual platform for Japanese students to “hang out” and share useful tips about local communities with international students.

As the last program before the end of Session 1, two panel discussions were held with study abroad returnees and international students as panelists who shared their own memories and episodes from their time as overseas students.

From left: Event hosts Omuwa Oyakhire (1st year, Graduate School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Yutaro Kureyama (2nd year, Engineering Science and Mechanics)
From left: Event hosts Omuwa Oyakhire (1st year, Graduate School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Yutaro Kureyama (2nd year, Engineering Science and Mechanics)
President Murakami gives the opening remark
President Murakami gives the opening remark
Dandan Li gives a speech at TOEIC Awarding Ceremony
Dandan Li gives a speech at TOEIC Awarding Ceremony
TOEIC awardees with President and Mr. Tohru Tsuda, a representative of IIBC
TOEIC awardees with President and Mr. Tohru Tsuda, a representative of IIBC
A student group, UNI-ted, gives a presentation
A student group, UNI-ted, gives a presentation
A panel discussion with study abroad returnees
A panel discussion with study abroad returnees
Dr. Tamio Arai (Center for Promotion of Educational Innovation) gives the closing remark at the end of Session 1
Dr. Tamio Arai (Center for Promotion of Educational Innovation) gives the closing remark at the end of Session 1

Session 2

In the afternoon, visitors took their time to tour the campus with the Global Student Staff members, take mock TOEIC tests and speak with study abroad returnees. The first Obstacle Course Race took place in the Central Courtyard. The cheers and laughter from the crowd attracted many spectators and passers-by spontaneously joined the race.

Shibaura Institute of Technology will continue to support its students, faculty and staff in their effort to embrace diversity and promote mutual understanding through events and activities.

Obstacle Course Race organizers explain rules to participants
Obstacle Course Race organizers explain rules to participants
Japanese students and international students (from Côte d’Ivoire, Thailand, France, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Mongolia, etc.) compete in a race
Japanese students and international students (from Côte d’Ivoire, Thailand, France, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Mongolia, etc.) compete in a race
Participants jump with feet stuck inside sacks
Participants jump with feet stuck inside sacks
Participants try to bite bread off the rope
Participants try to bite bread off the rope
Obstacle Course Race participants pose for a photograph
Obstacle Course Race participants pose for a photograph