On October 1, 2018, the autumn entrance ceremony and the opening ceremony of the short-term stay program for international students were held at Shiiki Hall on Ito Campus for freshly enrolled students in English.
A total of 383 students were admitted, including 23 in undergraduate courses (international undergraduate courses (*¹)), 146 in masters courses, 151 in doctorate courses and 63 in two short-term stay courses for foreign students (JTW(*²) and JLCC(*³)).
The ceremony opened with words of welcome from university president Dr. Chiharu Kubo, who said, “My hope is that you become future leaders of the global community, taking pride in what you have learned at Kyushu University.”
Next, the six special guests were introduced: Dr. Robert Huang, who is an Honorary Doctor of Kyushu University, Mr. Daniel Rakove from the United States Consulate Fukuoka, Mr. Zhang Ying Chuan from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Fukuoka, Mr. David Tursz from the French-Japanese Institute of Kyushu, Mr. Ha Viet Anh from the Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in Fukuoka, and Mr. Hong Lin-Qiu from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Fukuoka.
Dr. Robert Huang then added his words of welcome to the new entrants on behalf of all of the guests.
Finally, three new student brought the ceremony to a close with speeches expressing their gratitude for these welcome words and outlining their aspirations for their student life. The three students were Ms. Yoonji Cho (from Korea) of the School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation, Fadlina Aulia (from Indonesia) of Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences, and Ying -Ying Lee (from Australia) of JTW program.
(*¹) A bachelor’s degree course in which lectures are provided entirely in English. This course started in October 2010 at the School of Engineering and the School of Agriculture.
(*²) Japan in Today’s World Program: a short-term stay course – 10 months or one term ― for foreign students at the undergraduate level. Lectures concerning Japanese political, economic and cultural affairs are provided in English.
(*³) Japanese Language and Culture Course (Japanese language and culture training course): a course intended to enable students studying the Japanese language or culture as their main subject at Western and Asian universities to improve their Japanese language skills and deepen their understanding of Japanese society and culture during a one-year stay in Japan.