Archive for 2018

The Global Learning Center plans and conducts programs and activities related to studying abroad, language learning, international exchange, and international students. It also holds events such as seminars, lectures, and official ceremonies.


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Dec. 27, 2018
Global Hagi Award Ceremony, Winter 2018

Global Hagi 2018

Five more students have received the prestigious Global Hagi Scholarship for 2018, as they each prepare to study abroad next year at Tohoku University's partner institutions.

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Dec. 18, 2018
"Humans of Minamisanriku" Project with Baylor University


The Humans of Minamisanriku project was conducted in the town of Minamisanriku as a collaboration between Tohoku University students and students from Baylor University (USA), which one of Tohoku University's partner schools, who visited in July.

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Dec. 11, 2018
Apartment Information Seminar for International Students


On December 6 (Thu.)2018, a seminar titled "Renting Apartments for Beginners," was held at the International Exchange Building on Kawauchi Kita Campus. The seminar was aimed at international students who are about to leave their dormitories and rent apartments in Sendai for the first time.

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Nov. 19, 2018
Activity Report from Tohoku University Center, University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.



Tohoku University Center at UCR, Summer 2018

Greetings from the Tohoku University Center at the University of California, Riverside! We hope that this Newsletter finds everyone doing well! It is getting rather cold at night and in the mornings, but there’s still summerlike weather during the day, reminding us that Riverside is in a desert! By the time you receive this newsletter, the year of 2018 will almost be over. Time flies so quickly!

To start with, we would like to share some exciting news! Tohoku University has been cultivating a relationship with Riverside STEM Academy (RSA) through the Tohoku University Exploring-Germination-and-Growth Program for Young Scientists (EGGS). RSA has been hosting a group of high school students from the EGGS Program since 2015. EGGS students do homestays with the RSA students’ families, and every year there are a lot of great interactions between Japanese and American students through various STEM activities. This Year, the FGL Applied Marine Biology Program has accepted its first RSA student, Ms. Kellee Collier. Kellee just started her college life at Tohoku University!

This summer, three UCR students participated in the Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP) and two UCR students participated in the Tohoku University Japanese Program (TUJP) in Japan.

Later, fifteen Tohoku students visited UCR for the Study Abroad Program (SAP) Multiculturalism Program at the UCR Extension Center. Tohoku students and UCR students learned about each other’s cultures and lifestyles during this program. Tohoku University Center will be organizing a UCR students’ volunteer group to clean up a Japanese Garden (gifted by the City of Sendai as a symbol of sister city friendship) on October 23rd. We are looking forward to meeting students from Tohoku University in the spring for the Bridge Program!


Reiko Sato, Specially Appointed Associate Professor
University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.
reiko.sato*ucr.edu (Please replace asterisk with @)

Nov. 16, 2018
Activity Report from TU-FTU Liaison Office, Vietnam



Beyond Cross-border Education

In December 2015, the TU-FTU Liaison Office was officially founded to increase cooperation between Tohoku University (TU) in Japan and Foreign Trade University (FTU) in Vietnam. In the 3 years since its establishment, the Office has made certain achievements, such as enhancing both engagement among students from the two universities and the relationship between Vietnam and Japan.

Every semester, the TU-FTU Liaison Office organizes the Japanese Language and Culture Class taught by exchange students from Tohoku University for all students at Foreign Trade University, as well as some students from high schools in Hanoi. All the high-quality teaching materials for the classes were fully provided and transported from Japan to Vietnam by Tohoku University. During the class, students not only can learn and practice Japanese together but also have chances to share with one another about each country’s culture. TU Days, with activities like Origami and Furoshiki, and FTU Days, with activities like International Dinner, Hanoi 1-day food tour, and FTU Club’s Day, are held successfully with the enthusiastic participation of a large number of students.

"Thanks to the support I received, I was able to not only learn in an international environment at one of the top universities in Vietnam, but also had the chance to bring the Japanese spirit to Vietnamese students’’ – said Ryota Iwama, an exchange student from Tohoku University to Foreign Trade University, first semester, 2017-2018 academic year. “It is one of the most memorable times of my university life. I left my comfort zone, chose a developing country to visit, and had a unique experience that I could have never imagined.” – he said.

“I used to be a shy student. I never expected that I would have a close Japanese friend like I do today. I sincerely appreciate this friendship.” – said an FTU Vietnamese student. Time flies, but values that are created today will stay and last forever. It is not only educational, but also a chance to build long-lasting international friendships, mutual understanding between the two countries and provides each student unique preparation to become a future global citizen.


Hoang Tam Anh, Coordinator, TU-FTU Cooperation Office
Foreign Trade University, Vietnam
tamanhhoang38*gmail.com (Please replace asterisk with @)

Nov. 1, 2018
Tohoku University Global Leaders Camp


The Tohoku University Global Leaders Camp brought 10 domestic students and 12 international students together to discuss how to develop a sustainable society. In this two-day program, participants experienced how sustainable development could be promoted through playing a simulation game called 2030 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). They also enjoyed working together to hold a BBQ dinner as well as a team orienteering competition.


Yuki Watabe, Associate Professor
Global Learning Center
yuki.watabe.c6*tohoku.ac.jp (Please replace asterisk with @)

Oct. 16, 2018
Welcome Weeks Fall 2018

Disaster Mitigation Action Card Game®

Disaster Mitigation Action Card Game®

Welcome Weeks Fall 2018 was conducted for new international students from October 1st to 12th, 2018. During this program, the students learned essential expressions and vocabulary for daily life in Sendai, attended workshops on sorting garbage for pickup, played the Disaster Mitigation Action Card Game®, and had time to walk around campus and the city with Japanese students.


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Oct. 12, 2018
Entrance Ceremony for FGL Program

FGL Entrance Ceremony

Tohoku University welcomed 27 new international undergraduates to the Future Global Leadership (FGL) programme at a welcome ceremony on September 27. The students represent 12 different countries and territories, including Indonesia, Thailand and the United States.

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Oct. 10, 2018
Orientation for Incoming International Students Fall 2018


An orientation session for several hundred new international students was held at Kawauchi Hagi Hall on October 2. It included presentations on campus facilities, support services, multi-lingual information resources and ways to have a rewarding student life in Sendai.

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Oct. 9, 2018
Tohoku Universtiy Professor Fujino Incentive Awards 2018

Prof. Fujino Award 2018

The 2018 Professor Fujino Incentive Awards were handed out on September 25. Five students received their certificates from Tohoku University President Hideo Ohno in a ceremony at the former lecture hall of Chinese literary figure Lu Xun.

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Aug. 10, 2018
Tohoku University STEM Summer Program (TSSP) 2018

TSSP 2018

TSSP has been rebranded the Tohoku University STEM Summer Programme and now comprises four weeks of lectures and hands-on laboratory work, exploring the frontiers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Twenty-two undergraduate students from partner universities took part this year.

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Aug. 9, 2018
Tohoku-Tsinghua Joint Workshops Summer 2018


A large delegation from Tsinghua University, led by Vice President Xue Qikun, was in Sendai on July 26 for a series of joint workshops hosted by Tohoku University. Over at Kawauchi Campus, the 66 Tsinghua University students who came with the senior delegation enjoyed a day of cultural exchange, taking part in a campus tour and an origami workshop with some 20 Japanese students.

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Aug. 6, 2018
Global Hagi Scholars & Global Leaders Awards 2018


Twenty-seven Tohoku University students were conferred awards by President Hideo Ohno on July 31, 2018, for their role in the university's internationalisation efforts.

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Jul. 27, 2018
Tohoku University Japanese Program (TUJP) 2018

TUJP Photo for Activity Report

Hundreds of students from around the world are in Sendai this July for Tohoku University's popular summer programs. Among them is the language and culture-themed Tohoku University Japanese Program (TUJP) which runs twice every summer to accommodate the growing number of applicants.

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Jul. 9, 2018
Sakura Exchange Program in Science: A Japan-Asia Youth Exchange


A group of high school students from China's Henan province visited Tohoku University on July 9, as part of the Sakura Exchange Program in Science.

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Jul. 6, 2018
The Kakehashi Project 2018: A Japan-North America Youth Exchange


Tohoku University hosted 23 American high school students from July 5 - 6 as part of this year's Kakehashi Project, a youth exchange programme run by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Jun. 29, 2018
Apartment Information Seminar for International Students


On June 20 (Wed.)2018, a seminar titled "Renting Apartments for Beginners," was held at the International Exchange Building on Kawauchi Kita Campus. The seminar was aimed at international students who are about to leave their dormitories and rent apartments in Sendai for the first time.

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May. 31, 2018
Sparrow Dance Team Performed at 2018 Sendai Aoba Festival

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Tohoku University Sparrow Dance Team (TUSPA) participated in the Sendai Aoba Matsuri. The annual event, held this year on May 19 and 20, is one of the largest street festivals in the Tohoku region.

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