In April, Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) unveiled its newest addition to Omiya Campus: Global Learning Commons, a facility for intercultural exchange and promotion of diversity.
At Global Learning Commons, students are able to receive counseling for study abroad programs from the staff, interact with partner universities through a TV meeting and make use of the tatami mat and lounging area for lunch-time English conversation sessions.
Why Global Learning Commons?
A tie-up with Active Learning and PBL classes at SIT
The roles of Global Learning Commons is not only the place for language learning but also the space for interactive lessons, projects and presentations.
A student-run space
The Commons is run by a group of 25 students, over 50% of whom are international students from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, etc. All of the Japanese student staff are overseas program returnees. Japanese students can ask for help from the Japanese staff about study abroad preparation meanwhile international students can come for advice on course scheduling and on living in Japan. Outside of counseling tasks, the student staff also offers assistance in making presentation documents in English and running events for fellow students.
The Global Learning Commons plans to invite guest speakers with international work experience for lectures and introduce Japanese pop culture through a collection of English-translated manga and anime. SIT hopes students to cultivate leadership skills and global mindsets through the experience at the Global Learning Commons.