28th START Program (Australia)
For a little over two weeks from February 19th to March 7th of 2016, 32 first year students participated in the 28th START Program (*). Led by Nanae Kojima (researcher at the Health Service Center) and two other faculty members, the students spent this time living and studying at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
29th START Program (United States of America)
For a little over two weeks from February 20th to March 6th of 2016, 30 first year students participated in the 29th START Program (*). Led by Fuyuko Takita (Associate Professor at the Institute for Foreign Language Research and Education) and two other supervising faculty members, the students spent this time living and studying at James Madison University (JMU) in Virginia, U.S.
30th START Program (Vietnam)
For two weeks from March 2nd to the 16th of 2016, 24 first year students participated in the 30th START Program (*). Led by Asami Ogura (Assistant Professor at the Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University) and two other supervising faculty members, the students spent this time studying at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, in Ho Chi Minh City (USSH) and exploring the local areas.
31st START Program (New Zealand)
For a little over two weeks from March 11th to the 28th of 2016, 30 first year students participated in the 31st START Program (*). Led by Aiko Morita (Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education) and two other supervising faculty members, the students spent this time living and studying at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
32nd START Program (Thailand)
For two weeks from March 13th to the 27th of 2016, 24 first year students participated in the 32nd START Program (*). Led by Hisashi Kuwayama (Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education) and two other supervising faculty members, the students spent this time living and studying at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, which is located in the Kingdom of Thailand. Apart from the classroom, the students visited a Japanese company based in Thailand and were able to ask about what is sought in a candidate who wishes to work in an international corporation.
(*) The purpose of the START Program is to provide opportunities for younger students with little or no experience of traveling overseas the chance to go abroad, visit our partner universities, and develop a deeper interest in international exchange and studying abroad. From 2010 to 2015, the START Program has sent groups of students to a foreign country 32 times, and during the second half of 2015 the START Program was held in five different countries: Australia, the U.S., Vietnam, New Zealand, and Thailand. This program is financially supported by the Hiroshima University Fund, which reduces participating students’ financial burden and opens up a gateway for more students to play an active role in this globalized world. Participating students spend about two months before departing in a pre-training program and, having arrived home, start a post-training program.
Moreover, the START Program is offered as a general education credited course ‘overseas field study,’ and it aims to improve participating students’ global core competence (the core skills needed to succeed anywhere in the world). The students are asked to complete self-assessments of their global core competence skills and to make action plans at least three times: before leaving, while abroad, and once home. After consulting with the professor in charge of them, each student must then revise their action plans and make the effort to see it through. One’s global core competence and one’s grade is then measured comprehensively by considering each student’s participation during the program, final presentation, and post-study abroad report.
Furthermore, participating students must each set a goal for the TOEIC test, and continue their language studies after completion of the program.
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