The 2014 Keio Study Abroad Fair was hosted by the Keio International Center at Hiyoshi Campus from June 9-12. Now in its ninth year, the fair aims to promote study abroad options available to students and give them a head start in their preparations. This year's event was another great success, with around 2,000 students taking part over the four-day period.
The fair included a number of information booths run by foreign embassies and organizations offering study abroad support, as well as an advice desk manned by Keio faculty and staff. Throughout each day, representatives gave country-specific presentations and introductions of the many undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs offered by Keio. As with last year, representatives from two of Keio's international partner institutions--the College of William & Mary and the Technical University of Munich (TUM)--also participated in the fair, taking the opportunity to give students valuable advice face to face. Many students also enjoyed perusing the wealth of materials on display and talking to both international students and Japanese students with study abroad experience, who were made available to offer their two cents and share their experiences.
On the first day of the fair, the Global Career Forum 2014 was held. Following a presentation from DISCO Inc. on opportunities to work at global companies was a panel discussion and Q&A session by a panel made up of HR representatives from Marubeni Corporation and All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA). Mr. Yuya Kinoshita, an official from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Recruitment Center for International Organizations, opened a second session titled "Working at International Organizations," which summarized some notable international organizations and their hiring methods and the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme to university students hoping to work at international organizations in the future. Of the 250 students in attendance, many showed a deep interest in working in global environments, which was indicated by the specific questions addressed to panelists.
On the final day of the fair, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, made a brief visit to Hiyoshi Campus to give a special talk to Keio students. In their anticipation, around 300 students quickly filled the venue and lined the hallways outside to hear from Minister Bishop, who spoke to students on merits of studying abroad, using anecdotes from her own experiences overseas. In her speech, she guaranteed Keio students a fruitful and enjoyable time if they choose to study abroad in her home country of Australia and fielded questions from the audience. After her speech, Minister Bishop toured the Hiyoshi Study Abroad Fair and stopped by the Australian booth to chat with international students and Keio students planning to go abroad.
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