• Two students from Soka University’s GCP selected and participated in “HPAIR” international student forum


Two students from Soka University’s GCP selected and participated in “HPAIR” international student forum

    From August 16th to August 20th, two students from Soka University’s GCP(Global Citizenship Program)Mika Matsuyama (Faculty of Law second year) and Manabu Koide (Faculty of Science and Engineering second year) selected and participated in HPAIR「Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations」international student forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    This forum was established in 1991, with the goal of enabling distinguished students to participate in an open forum on Asian international issues organized by Harvard University.
    This year marked the 27th time and was participated by 600 university students and working adults from 60 countries and regions. Through panel discussions and group work, participants broke into 5 courses: Governance & Geopolitics, Arts・Media & Culture, Energy & Environmental Sustainability, Social policy & Justice, Technology & Innovation.

    Ms. Matsuyama said, "I participated in the Arts · Media & Culture course. The contents of the presentation were based on insurance and health problems with the theme “creating a business model to solve health problems in Malaysia.” We focused on the issue of cigarettes in Malaysia and our group thought about how we could improve the electronic cigarette and how it can improve the individuals’ health. I felt that the ideas of each person in our group were very intelligent, even though the time given was very short and took first place in the course. I strongly felt that I could use the English skills gained from GCP. The tension and anxiety I felt before going to HPAIR changed to confidence with encountering and learning the 5 days. I hope to take advantage of this experience and try to challenge myself to study abroad and most definitely would like to improve my English ability for a better future."
    Mr. Koide mentioned, "At HPAIR, I was amazed at how many participants actively communicated their opinions and ideas to each other. Also, having the opportunity to work with intelligent young youth from all over the world to make presentations in groups, the skill of giving presentations gained by the classes of GCP were highly evaluated. During the times other than the presentation, I tried to positively talk to others. Through the opportunities of talking to others, I was able to feel the cultural differences and realized I had not much experience in Japan and knew this would lead to my own growth in the future. I also realized that my current knowledge in my field does not apply to the world. I am interested in studying abroad and I will keep studying my field, so I can grow into a person who conveys ideas and opinions to many people."