1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Students and Researchers,
On October 4, we have held the information session for our first USA Corporate Visit program. We received 18 applications by the due date of October 25, and the five selected members will be notified by Monday, November 5. The winners will be given opportunities for presenting its research topics or business plans in front of corporate research labs of major Japanese companies or venture capitalists / accelerators in Silicon Valley. Evaluation of the application was conducted by Leave-a-nest, a Japanese venture company specialized in the career development of PhDs. They nominated the candidate by the following evaluation criteria:
1.If the applicant is enthusiastic enough to through itself into unknown world of “Start-up” market.
2.If the applicant is well prepared to utilize the upcoming experience in Silicon Valley for its career development.
3.If the applicant is well verbalized its desire, dreams and experience into specific story which forms a core of its career vision
If you did not take this opportunity, another chance to win “free ticket to US” is to participate in the Hult Prize campus level competition on December 15. For the details of this student-driven social business idea competition, please visit: http://hultprizeat.com/hokkaido
*Final information session is November 2
2. Seminar / Workshops in November
2.1 November 12: Tea Ceremony
You may have heard that the way people communicate can be divided into High-Context and Low-Context. The former is popular in Japan, China or African and Arabic countries while the latter is generally used in Germany, Scandinavia or America. High-context communication is possible if each speakers share a high level of common knowledge or culture. It enables speakers to use only a few verbal words to convey ample amount of information with little chance of misunderstanding. Although the tools used in the tea ceremony is very minimized, like cups, kettle, flower or brush calligraphy, each having “meanings” to treat and welcome the guest. You will be amazed to learn how each tools and utensils are forming the entire atmosphere of OMOTENASHI. To register:
2.2 November 15: Career Talk by International Researchers
Listen to the life career story of international PhD who is working for Japanese companies in Japan. We have invited five speakers from four different companies. Educational background ranges from business administration to biology, material science, agriculture and electronic engineering. Although some of them are fluent in Japanese, not all of them are perfect in Japanese. If your time allows, attend all from 1pm to 6:35pm. In case you are looking for a real job opportunities at some of the companies, come to the first (Rohto Pharmaceutical) and the second (Human Resource Development from TERUMO) which may lead to a good personal relationship. Rohto is holding a corporate seminar on November 16 in the morning. This is a real job opportunity. To register:
2.3 November 19: Let’s learn Japanese
For the PhD course students learning and studying all in English, attending a Japanese class is very difficult. If you really want to capture Japanese language proficiency with minimum cost, there are some ways to do it by yourself using free resources. The seminar will give you some hint in English how you can accomplish this challenging task. Registration will start soon. Just pencil-mark your calendar from 2pm to 4pm on Monday, November 19.
2.4 November 28: Writing for Journal Submission
One of the most popular seminars of I-HoP is back again. How to write good manuscript and cover letter to submit your paper in English is the objective of this seminar. Although the content of your paper is something you must prepare, there are some tips and rules that you’d better be aware of when it comes to publishing it to a journal. This two and a half hour is good investment of your time “before” you start to prepare your papers and thesis.
3. Shortcut Akai Ito Kai due on November 16
Japanese students start their job hunting at least 12 months before graduation. More precisely, the bachelor course students of 3rd year (Junior) will start summer internship at their target company or companies in July/August, then will meet with “recruiter” (alumni member of their lab or class who works for a target company) in October through December. The official recruiting process starts with “Corporate Seminar” which begins on March 1. Some companies start to open their homepage for recruiting in January/February timeframe to which you can submit your “Entry Sheet” information.
The Entry Sheet is your first tool to let the company know about you, but some companies may receive thousands of these applications at a time. Even if you consider that the foreigner may stand out and draw attention, there are so many international students who are fully fluent in Japanese and other multiple languages.
What it means is that it is not easy at all to have your application documents reviewed by your target company with proper attention. Some company may automatically reject an Entry Sheet application if you do not have JLPT N1 Japanese proficiency.
SCAIK, Short Cut Akai Ito Kai, is a special privilege for DC and PD of Hokkaido University which assures that your document (Report, CV and RIREKISHO) be seen by the key person of your target company. Here is how it works;
1.Select one or two companies from the list of companies who will come to the next Akai Ito Kai, and study their corporate outline and its strategy.
2.Prepare and submit your SCAIK report which describes about yourself, your research results and how you want to realize your career objective with the target company by the due date (November 16 this time) to I-HoP.
3.I-HoP will review and may recommend revisions to your documents, and will submit it to the target company’s representative who will come to the next Akai Ito Kai (November 30 this time).
4.If the company is interested in your document and want to see you in person when they come to Sapporo on November 30, I-HoP will coordinate and arrange a meeting with you and the representative of the company during the lunch break of November 30.
The list of participating companies for November 30 Akai Ito Kai is below. If you are interested and want to learn more about it, feel free to request a career counseling appointment with firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Writing Retreat by URA Station
URA Station is hosting “Writing Retreat” on 11/26-28, 9:00-15:30.
By 11/15 - Submit an article (750 words or less)
11/26 Start-up meeting
11/27 or 28 individual consultation by a native English proofreading expert (about 30min)
Registration deadline is 11/8 noon. Apply from the page below.
This writing retreat is for postdocs and faculty members, but they will accept doctoral course students, if there are spots left.
5. Japanese Standard Speaking Test (JSST日本語会話テスト) for DC, PD
Japanese Standard Speaking Test (JSST) is the examination you can take by telephone.
This will help you assess your Japanese speaking level.
Please register by 11/14.
6. ROHTO Pharmaceutical Company Seminar (English)
Job seminar for International students will be held by Rohto Pharmaceutical
At Mid-Campus Open Laboratory Bldg.#1, 1F
No registration required
7. Other events
<< Library E-Resource Guidance (English) >>
- Nov. 1st (Thu) 13:30-14:00 Veterinary Department - The 2nd Lecture Room
- Nov. 6th (Tue) 13:30-14:00 Northern Campus Library
- Nov. 13th (Tue) 13:30-14:00 Inst. Low Tem. Sci. - Meeting Room
<< Career Talk & Research Talk (English) by FResHU >>
Woman in Global Science, Special Career Talk
"Science and Suitcases" & Research Talk
at Materials and Chemistry Bldg. MC208
<< MeetUp for Global Networking (English) by FResHU >>
December 12(wed) 15:30-17:00
at Mid-Campus Open Laboratory Bldg. #1