1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Students and Researchers,
At the end of each seminars we conduct, we ask for the opinions of participants on the preferred topics/subjects of Transferable Skills Seminar. The latest survey shows that the following are the top 3:
Academic Writing Skills
I-HoP is inviting experts on each topics to conduct the seminars in English. Although finding appropriate experts who can provide lectures in English is not easy in Japan, we have so far identified a few who have been providing quality seminars in the past years. We are working with other internal organization such as University library and University Research Administrators to provide variety of services and seminars in a most cost-effective manner. If you have any suggestions or proposal for the theme, schedule, contents or provider of the seminar, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Virtual Career Fair by Active Connector
(This section contains almost the same information as section 2 of the February issue)
I-HoP will hold the Career Fair by using Skype which is supported by the job-matching agent “Active Connector” on March 7th and 8th. Actual open positions which Active Connector handles has been posted through the Hi-System on February 22, and you can schedule virtual interview with the agent of Active Connector at I-HoP’s counseling room. This is not a direct interview by the recruiting companies, so you can practice your skill. The agent may help you define your objective and strength in challenging to the open position(s) through the interview. The interview will be conducted either in English or in Japanese. Please refer to
for the details.
If you are interested, we will accept your registration until 3:00pm today!
Please send an email with the time slot of your choice, job ID, etc to email@example.com.
Available time slots are : 3/7(wed) 9:00-10:00, 15:00-16:00,
3/8(thu) 9:00-10:00, 11:00-12:00, 15:00-16:00, 16:00-17:00
3. Recap on Feb 27 Transferable Skills Seminar – “How to use AI in your research”
The seminar conducted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Frontier Research in Applied Sciences Building was attended by 38 students and researchers from 22+ different countries, representing 12 graduate schools and laboratories. 85% of the participants has rated “Good” or “Excellent” as the overall satisfaction level, and Q&A session which took more time than planned gave the audience much better understanding of the topics. Although some attendee preferred to learn more mathematical explanations or deeper knowledge on AI, there were a few who responded with “tough to understand” comments. If you are interested in contacting directly to the lecturer, Dr. Rafal Rzepka, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Report on JSST (Japanese Standard Speaking Test)
The latest JSST, Japanese Standard Speaking Test which is hosted by I-HoP was conducted in the week of February 13. Out of 12 contestants, 6 were the repeaters. I-HoP hosts the JSST every 3 months and we encourage the international students and researchers participate in and measure your Japanese communications skills continuously.
On your resume or during your job interview, you need to explain your skills and talents by a method which can be understood and appreciated with minimum additional explanation, such as “PhD from Hokkaido University”, “Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N1”, “Japanese Driver’s License”, etc. Although JSST is not as popular as JLPT, it is very practical tool to represent your Japanese oral communication skills because you do not have to go to any examination place to take this test. Only you have to do is to call a number specified from your telephone and make your oral response in Japanese to the 10 questions which you listen to carefully. In a few weeks after taking your test, you will receive from I-HoP the rating which is evaluated by professional evaluators based on criteria such as vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, etc. Although the level 10 is the highest, we encourage international PhD students who are studying by using English to challenge to obtain the level 7 at the time of job application.
5. I-HoP on Facebook
Although not so actively promoting, I-HoP is on Facebook. Our events are updated periodically. Because we have a comprehensive information platform of our own, Hi-System (https://www2.synfoster.hokudai.ac.jp/Hi-System/public/index.php?LANG=2#top), all the official communication such as registration to an event, will not be made by using Facebook. Pay a visit at our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/International-Human-Resource-Development-Program-Hokkaido-University-I-HoP-1738971902983478/) and let us know how best we utilize this tool.