Alumni Network Message from Alumni Association

E-Newsletter for International Students

I hope this message finds all of you in good health and spirits. As you know, Japan has gone through extremely difficult times this year, and in some parts of the country, the damage and pain are still being felt every day, or every minute. Fortunately, our region suffered very little, physically at least, however, some of our international students had no choice but return to their countries because of the orders issued by their home schools or governments. I have heard that many of the international students studying at the universities in the most affected areas did go home temporarily but returned to their Japanese universities to finish their studies. Their returns brought back with them hope for the future. We as a country have been united to move forward, and I hope you all provide support in our efforts.

As of April 1st this year, Nanzan University’s international education went through some major changes. For example, the Center for Japanese Studies moved into a brand new building called “R Building.” (Why “R”, you ask? “R” can stand for Relations, Renaissance, Renovation, Reinforcement … You can give it your favorite R-word!) It is a very modern, technologically equipped building featuring the “internationality” of Nanzan; Nanzan English Education Center (NEEC) is on the same floor as our Center for International Education (CIE), which is across the International Atrium from the World Plaza, where no Japanese is allowed so that those who are studying non-Japanese languages can put their knowledge into practical use. Using the World Plaza as a model, CIE opened the Japan Plaza this year where only the use of Japanese is allowed so that those studying Japanese can practice what they learned in the classroom in semi-natural contexts. So far, CJS students have loved using this fun and challenging learning environment!

Another change is the new director for CIE, that is I, who was appointed as of April 1, 2011. As a graduate of Nanzan University (French linguistics) myself, and as an ex-beneficiary of Nanzan’s international campus, I am determined to return the favor by enriching the international education of Nanzan. As starters, CJS is scheduled to offer a summer program starting June 2012, which is a six-week intensive Japanese language program. Also, starting April 2012, Nanzan is planning to start offering more content courses taught in English such as cross-cultural understanding and economics (mainly for Japanese students, at this point). I hope these efforts will raise the awareness and intellectual interest toward international education and exchange at Nanzan.

Finally, please be reminded that our international alumni network is slowly but steadily expanding and your active participation is deeply appreciated! Many of our graduates are doing quite well in various fields and industries around the world and it would be wonderful for all of you to get (re)connected with each other. It would be great if you logged onto intl-alumni@nanzan-u.ac.jp and share with the rest of us what you have been up to. For our past and future alumni activities, please go to http://www.nanzan-u.ac.jp/English/cjs/alumni/index.html.

Best international wishes,
Yoshikazu Charlie Watanabe




最後になりましたが、Alumni Networkも、ゆっくりですが着実に広がりつつあります。皆さんの積極的な参加に期待しています。南山大学で勉強した留学生は、世界各地で、そしてさまざまな分野で大活躍しています。そんな同窓生と是非ネットワークを広げ、人生をますます豊かにしてください。自分のupdateがあればintl-alumni@nanzan-u.ac.jpに是非送ってください。Alumni Networkの活動については、http://www.nanzan-u.ac.jp/English/cjs/alumni/index.htmlで確認してくださいね。