“Study Abroad & Employment” Seminar held at the Faculty of Economics
On October 9th the Faculty of Economics held an event focusing on study abroad and employment prospects. It was held together with distinguished guests from Erasmus University Rotterdam, including University President Drs. Kristel Baele, Prof. Ben Wubs and Prof. Jos De Mul. The Erasmus University of Rotterdam is a member of the prestigious GLOCAL program, a Masters’ degree program on which students study at several leading European universities. The Graduate School of Economics of Kyoto University is currently an associate member of the GLOCAL program. With this recent event and Kyoto University’s participation in the GLOCAL program a strengthening of the relationship between the two universities is anticipated.
In the first half of the event, Drs. Baele gave a profile of Erasmus University Rotterdam and its internationalization efforts, which was followed by a description of the aforementioned GLOCAL program provided by Prof. Ben Wubs. Next, speakers from Kyoto University gave an outline of the various study abroad programs available to students and emphasized how a period of study overseas enhances employment prospects.
This was followed by two talks on the GLOCAL program experience, one by a graduate of the program and another by a student of Kyoto University who participated in the GLOCAL program’s summer school. The first half of the event was closed by a talk given by a graduate of the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University, who now works for an internationally active Japanese company. This talk focused on the kind of human resources that such companies are actively trying to recruit and it was clear that companies value highly the kinds of international capabilities that overseas study experiences can foster. In the second half of the event, short “mock” lectures were delivered by faculty members and graduates from both Kyoto University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. These were followed by a lively and enjoyable discussion between participants.
The Faculty of Economics and Graduate School of Economics of Kyoto University aim to further their internationalization efforts for the benefit of students.