1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Students and Researchers,
Streets are filled with turning leaves and our first snowfall of the season has been observed the other day. Some of you may be experiencing the first snowy winter here in Sapporo, and I want to warn you that it is also a season for feeling of aloneness. Desolation is life-threatening if you fail to manage the mental well-being of yourself. If you feel stressed, talking with somebody and speaking out your anxiety is one possible way of releasing the pressure. Especially when you are in the process of job hunting and having difficulties, you may feel inferiority or lack of confidence in yourself. Career counseling which I-HoP provides to international DC and Postdoc researchers in English or Japanese is a safe harbor if you want to use that way. Privacy is strictly kept and a skype interview for researchers in Hakodate campus can be arranged as well. Make an appointment by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
I-HoP is participating in a new grant program by MEXT entitled EDGE-Next which is aiming to foster entrepreneurship in the campus. Supporting the Hult Prize social business competition is a part of this new program, and a few other classes for career education in academic year 2018 and onward are being planned and coordinated with Nitobe College and Nitobe School. Stay tuned for further development.
2. Global Essay contest in Switzerland (St. Gallen Symposium)
I-HoP has been introduced to another global competition which has almost 30 years of history. Unlike Hult Prize in which you compete in a group, this global essay contest is a solo-play. We have received the following message from their organization committee:
" To all graduate, Ph.D and MBA students: compete until 1 Feb 2018 and qualify as a Leader of Tomorrow for the #48sgs (2–4 May 2018) in Switzerland, all expenses paid including flight to Switzerland. Create an impact and win CHF 30,000 (JPY 3,250,000). Leaders who have attended in the past include Prof. Takaaki Kajita (a Nobel Laurite), Haruhiko Kuroda (Bank of Japan), Hiroshi Mikitani (President of Rakuten), Christine Lagarde (IMF), Paul Kagame (President of Rwanda) and many more. Register now at www.symp.sg/apply and make sure to have a look at the trailer for the essay competition:
If you have any questions on the competition you may contact Mr Marc Hew (email@example.com). He is happy to help you. "
Details of this essay competition can be found below:
Mr. Marc Hew will be visiting Hokkaido University and will meet with I-HoP on Monday, November 27.
3. Upcoming Transferable Skills Seminars in November
3pm on Monday, November 6 at Clark Hall, you will experience a really authentic Japanese tea ceremony not on a Tatami mat, but you will seat yourself in a chair with your shoes on. (This format is called “Ryuu-Rei”) High-context communication is unique characteristics of Japanese culture and practice in which not many details are verbally explained each other, and each participating parties in a conversation is assumed to have higher level of shared information (common sense) to understand the context of communication with minimum symbolic words, behavior, or other non-verbal expressions. Tea ceremony, otherwise known as “Sado” or “Chado”, is an extreme example of such high-contextness of Japanese culture. You will learn from live presentation by the tea master and communication between the tea master and the main guest, the heart of “Omotenashi”, how best you treat your guest, and supplemental explanation in English will give you much deeper understanding of the non-verbal exchange of the information. Seats are limited but a few more can be enrolled.
A week later on Monday, November 13 at 4:30pm, a seminar for “Writing for Journal Submission (in English)” will be held at Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building. If you are interested in enhancing your journal writing and submission and the way you deal with their editors, please come and join this seminar which is lectured by Mr. Greg Adams, Managing Editor of FORTE Science Communications.
4. Second Short-Cut Akai Ito Kai on December 8
If you are interested in establishing a contact with the following Japanese companies, please contact I-HoP (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday. November 8. We can help you setting up a face-to-face meeting with the representative (either R&D section or Human Resource section) of these distinguished companies who are coming to Sapporo on December 8 to attend the Akai-Ito-Kai, our premier matching event for PhD students and Postdocs who are fluent in Japanese. Please be aware that they may not elect to see you in person but only to receive your document instead. If you have experienced any job hunting, you may know well that it is very hard to have your resume and document reach to the key person of a company. SCAIK is a way to provide this very rare opportunity for PhD students and postdoc researchers of Hokkaido University.
List of the companies is found at:
5. Japanese Standard Speaking Test (JSST) application
I-HoP is hosting the JSST four times a year to provide International Students and Researchers opportunities to measure the Japanese conversation skills by using your own telephone. We recommend that you measure the status quo no matter what your Japanese communication skill is, and set up your goal if you are not comfortable with what you are rated. You can take this test as often as you want and we encourage that you improve the score to reach at least level 7 if you want to work in Japan. Application is open at:
6. Global Networking Seminar～The Tips on Global Networking for Women by FResHU
FResHU(Support Office for Female Researchers in Hokkaido University) supports the international and interdisciplinary research collaboration to strengthen women’s career advance. This seminar will focus on Elsevier recent report: “The Gender in the Global Research Landscape” ,an evidence-based examination of research performance worldwide through a gender lens, and case studies from winners of our WinGS Global Networking Award.We will also discuss and share ideas on women global networking. Feel free to join us! Event is on Tuesday, 21st November, 16:00-18:00 at Mid-Campus Open Laboratory Bldg #1. Details and registration form can be found at the page below.