On December 8, 2014, another year was brought to a close with a Year-end Reception on Mita campus hosted by Professor Jiro Kokuryo, Vice-President for International Affairs. Guests included Keio's many international faculty members, visiting scholars, doctoral students, exchange students, and students of the World Bank program and the Japanese Language program. Many other faculty and staff involved in international initiatives also attended.
Vice-President Kokuryo gave a short opening address, mentioning that 2014 marks the 50th anniversary for the Keio University International Center, before handing the stage over to Keio President, Prof. Atsushi Seike. In his speech, Prof. Seike thanked the international members for their contributions to the Keio community, and emphasized their importance going forward, especially after Keio was selected for the Top Global University Project in 2014.
Over the course of the evening, one international faculty member and three international students from very different backgrounds gave speeches about their unique experiences at Keio, and shared often humorous and touching anecdotes.
Ms. Maria Katia Gesuato
Mr. Kasun Prasanga Diwadalage
Ms. Sarah Chovanec
Mr. Jonas Flake
The Keio promotion video "Shaping History, Shaping Tomorrow," which was recently awarded with a QS-APPLE Creative Awards Silver Prize, was played on the big screen, and it was also an opportunity to take "Keio in a Word" photos for the fourth consecutive year, for which attendees are asked to write a word or short phrase that summarizes their Keio experience. The response was again fantastic and revealing. The photos are available on the Keio Global website on the "Keio in a Word" page, along with photos from previous years.