The number of Asian students undertaking study in British and American universities has increased rapidly, but amid the cry for cultivation of globally oriented personnel the popular trend has been for Japanese students to study at local universities and spend their entire careers within Japan.
We believe the main reason for this inward looking tendency is that students have not had opportunities to express themselves in English and to have people of other cultures listen to them and understand them, so that the will to step out into the world has withered.
In order to develop an outward-looking spirit, for seven years we have been using a video conferencing system to facilitate communicative exchange with students of other Asian universities. Here we would like to present some of the outcomes of the ongoing project and invite those in universities and industry concerned with fostering globally-oriented personnel to share their opinions and ideas on the subject.
It is hoped that this symposium will also provide an open forum for teachers with a desire to foster in students the courage to step out into the world.
We would be delighted if you would come to take part.
Shigeo Suzuki, Professor
MarkWeeks, Associate Professor
Graduate School of Languages and Cultures Nagoya University