1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Students and Researchers,
Our annual career plan survey which we conducted in July had indicated that more than half of international students and researchers wish to stay in Japan after graduation from Hokkaido University. Some may seek for academic posts, and the other for some business career in Japan. In either case, you need to have Japanese communication skill, both in reading/writing and listening/speaking if you want to be successful. For the students and researchers who is conducting their research activities only by using English, it would be tough to find a time to go to language school for learning and practicing Japanese. Even if you had learned it once, it is hard to keep up with it. Unlike skills for riding bicycle or skiing/skating which you can hardly forget once you have mastered the skill, foreign language skill will deteriorate quickly if you do not use it regularly.
If you want to maintain, or improve your Japanese communication skill, while putting priority in your research activities by using English, I would recommend that you use two of our Japanese language learning support services:
1.Register and log-in to our free Japanese e-learning services once a day, even for 15 minutes or so. You can access to the service from your lab during an idle time of your experiments, or do so at your home. Continuity will give you a difference.
(See section 2 below for the registration which is in progress)
2.Challenge to JSST (Japanese Standard Speaking Test) in every three months. Unlike JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) which is held only twice a year in Sapporo, and you need to go to the testing site, you can take JSST from your own telephone and it only takes 15 minutes or less. You will receive a score card in a few weeks and it contains some suggestions for improvements.
If you learn Japanese for the first time, you need to spare your time intensively and bring yourself up to JLPT N-5 level. Having this level of foundation will allow you to improve your Japanese language skill by taking our two support services.
2. Registration for free Japanese e-learning in progress
I-HoP supports students/researchers in improving Japanese language skills.
One of the top e-learning systems ALC NetAcademy2, developed by ALC Education Inc., is available for Hi-System users. You can study Japanese online anytime, anywhere.
Register now to get a free e-learning account!
If you already have an account valid for one-year, you don't have to register this time.
If you DON'T have an account yet, but would like to try e-learning, please register now.
If you have an account valid till the end of December and would like to continue using e-learning, please register now.
You will receive an e-learning account which is valid from January to March.
Regarding e-learning account valid from April, please wait for the announcement.
■ e-learning available
1/1/2018 - 3/31/2018
You will receive your e-learning account & password before January 1.
Account is valid for three months.
■ e-learning Japanese Course
Japanese course is intended to allow you to study Japanese from many different directions, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Characters. You will also be able to improve your overall ability through the use of Mini-Tests.
Study Japanese Characters (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji)
Prepare for Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
Chinese and English are available to assist you navigate through courses
You can change size of letters
You can travel all over Japan as you study and learn fun trivia along the way
You will learn total of 5300 vocabularies
Hokkaido University graduate school students, postdocs ,research students (who are continuing their study at graduate school) and faculty members, whose native language is NOT Japanese
(Hi-System users whose native language is NOT Japanese)
3. Career Seminar for PhD
A special seminar for PhD will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at the Graduate School of Science.
The following is the introduction from the organizer:
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“Your Future Careers After Getting Ph.D.” - a special seminar to be held on Dec 12
Dear international students,
This is an announcement of the seminar to be held on Dec 12 (Tue) entitled "Your Future Careers After Getting Ph.D." which is specially designed for international students of Hokkaido University.
Date: Dec 12 (Tue) 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Venue: N308 (3rd floor of the Hokkaido University Museum Building)
In this seminar, we invite three distinguished guest speakers; they will conduct useful lectures about career paths of international students aiming to get Ph.D. degrees in the future. For details, please check the attached poster.
[Introduction of the guest speakers]
 Professor Iida is a nationally qualified CDA (Career Development Adviser) and one of his current works is to help international students find their jobs after graduation. He will talk about some ideas on how non-Japanese students who are planning to get Ph.D. degrees in HU can effectively seek and get jobs in Japanese companies.
 Professor Nanasawa has experience as a research director at Asahi-Kasei which is one of the largest chemical companies in Japan and is currently a visiting professor at HU. Based on his own experience, he will teach you what it is like to work in a Japanese company as a true specialist.
 Dr. Gao is a graduate of the Graduate School of Chemical Science and Technology, HU and is currently conducting her research at the Faculty of Science as an assistant professor. Here she shares her personal experience on how she got an academic position in a Japanese university.
The main target of this seminar is graduate students aiming to get Ph.D. degrees in HU in the future. However, whoever interested in this topic is also welcome.
This seminar is organized by ALP (Ambitious Leader’s Program) with the help of OIAS, I-Hop and IGP.
This seminar is held at N308 lecture room on the 3rd floor of the Hokkaido University Museum building (The main building of the Faculty of Science). No reservation is required for participation. We are waiting for many participants.
Kei Kitahara, assistant professor, ALP, HU
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Please go to the page below for the details of this seminar.
4. Special Site for International Researchers by METI
METI, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, of Japanese government has recently compiled a website for international professionals such as PhD researchers. It contains some reference cases of companies hiring highly-skilled international talents, not necessarily requiring full Japanese language proficiency. Although some contents are still in the development stage, you will find valuable links such as preferential immigration procedures for highly-skilled foreign professionals.