This interview is with Ms. S from the sophomore year of the Department of Regional Social Management in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences.
She told me that she was a humanity major… the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences is not a science major??!! Actually it’s true and the Faculty provides social science major, in other words, a humanities major!
The department is aimed for developing “engineers with a sense of economics and management” and “managers who possess scientific elements.” Let’s ask what she studies in the Department of Regional Social Management, humanity major part of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, a fusion of science and humanities major .
Now let’s start the interview.
‐‐the Department of Regional Social Management in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences‐‐
The fundamental principle of the course is to develop well-balanced talents with logical knowledge and practical skills in economic, corporate, and administrative management. The number of students of the department is quite small. The department aims for talent development who solidly learned economics, management, law and politics in topics closely related to society management, acquired mathematical methods and research methods, and are capable of managing society for local sustainable development.
※ Experiment, exercise and hands-on style classes are emphasized. All students are required to take the special basic subject titled “biotic resources exercise seminar” which mainly consists of field work on a farm. Its unique curriculum allows students to take special progress subjects provided in other departments as well.
● Why did you choose the Department of Regional Social Management?
● I was interested in economics and looking for schools with programs in economics. The Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences sounded like science major at first but as I went into details, found out that I could study economics in the Department of Regional Social Management. There was not so much information as it was a newly established faculty (Ms. S is a member of the inaugural class of the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences). I found it by myself.
● The course mainly consists of economics, management and administration. Which lecture is most interesting for you?
● I study international economics in “Marketing and consumption.” The lecture is about consumers’ behavior and marketing strategies, and case studies are logical and interesting. Some students from other departments also like this class.
“International relations” is also my favorite. We bring one discussion topic per person from current events every week and have discussions. Topics vary from economics to ethnic problems and others. We learn a lot including listening to others, thinking and speaking up by ourselves. The topic I chose the other day was immigration policy. Having quoted actual examples from Europe and Asia, I spoke about Japanese immigration policy prospects in the future. I enjoy talking about this kind of topic as my original interest is “internationalization.”
The professor of the class is also great and it’s of a high quality overall.
● What are the characteristics of the Department of Regional Social Management? What do you recommend about the department?
● The department provides comprehensive study in various fields. I recommend its small-class style as it helps you to concentrate on your studies very well. Also, you can become a talent who can locally contribute to Yamanashi. (Why?) We learn from case studies of organizations and companies in Yamanashi when studying significance and initiatives of local revitalization. That makes us think directly about local administration and economics.
● Please tell me about the short-term study program in the UK.
● I studied at the University of Leicester in February and March of 2013. I actually used to have a bad impression about overseas training. I had been on a short study stay in Australia in Junior high and a school trip to the United States in high school. Both are not very good memories for me because I felt depressed due to a lack of English ability. I was even feeling that I would never ever go abroad again. In spite of those bitter experiences, however, I still wanted to improve my English. That is why I once again applied for the short-term overseas study program.
I joined the community of the University of Leicester in the summer of my first year and started to communicate with students of the university through Facebook. We used both Japanese and English and I started to feel confident little by little through the communication. I think I couldn’t decide to go without the advanced communication.
● What did you do in the UK?
● We had English classes every day from the morning hours. Everything was in English everyday including exchange programs with students from the University of Leicester. In the exchange program, we had discussions in various themes and those themes were difficult. How can I answer about privatization or economic disparities at the very beginning stage of the program? (lol) However, students from Leicester and other countries had their answers. They had knowledge about not only their own countries but also other countries and spoke up with their own opinions based on what they knew. I regret knowing nothing. My impression is that Japanese people are not used to speaking up in discussions and not good at topics in politics and economics. I realized that it was not the problem of English but the problem of knowledge. I wonder if I can speak up well even in Japanese. I was overwhelmed and stimulated by the passion of overseas students.
had a host family throughout my stay and the wonderful family took good care of me. We still contact each other. They let me stay at their home again when I traveled to the UK the other day. The time I spent with the host family is also my treasure.
● Was there anything surprising?
● I was surprised by the students’ passionate attitude to study, and also surprised to see a café side by side with the university library. I liked the free atmosphere. It was interesting to see such a gap between the students’ passion to study and relaxing atmosphere of the café right next to the library.
● What was an accomplishment from studying abroad??
● My biggest accomplishment was learning English. I have a deeper interest in languages and gained a more international point of view. Thanks to all the stimulating experiences, I could expand my view for everything. Also, I came to think about my future more often. Before I left for the short-term study abroad, I got to know some junior year students who were going together when we had a group-work session. They were often talking about job hunting at that time. I continued meeting with them during and also after the program and in consequence, I started to seriously consider my future.
People I met relating to this study abroad program influenced me in a good way. Meeting with good people has made this experience even more special and fruitful.
This is all for today.
We would like to ask about her experience on internship and tutoring for the next edition!