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Information Session for Students of International Dormitory



The information session was held for students who would live in the international dormitoryin April on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. 52 students including long-term international students participated in the session about the dormitory.

Chief of the dormitory, Matsuno gave a lecture about the mindset to live in the international dormitory.

Head of the Study Abroad Exchange Office, Manabu Hatamura, explained the international exchange.

At the beginning of the session, Chief of the dormitory, Matsuno gave a lecture about the mindset to live in the international dormitory. Then, Head of the Study Abroad Exchange Office, Hatamura talked about the benefits of living in the international dormitory and he also talked about his experience at a dormitory and the atmosphere of the dormitory in Taiwan when he visited for international training. The dormitory was the share-house style and he wanted to make the Ube Kosen international dormitory like the Taiwanese dormitory.

Tom Suenaga talked about the share-house of Taipei.

Next, Tom Suenaga (2nd-year of the Advanced Course of Management Information Engineering) talked about his experience when he lived with Canadian and Taiwanese adults and students in a share-house in Taipei. He took a leave of absence from Ube Kosen when he was 1st-year of the Advanced Course of Management Information Engineering and studied for 10 months in Taiwan. He told to other students that he obtained social skills because he lived with people from different countries/ status and an episode which was about an American roommate who misunderstood something because of the cultural difference. Students who participated in the session were listening to his experienced story interestingly.

A student asked a question to Suenaga.

We will expand international exchange activities from the international dormitory as the base.

Students Comments

Miyu Inada (1st-year of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering)

I was very surprised at Tom Suenaga’s ability to take action to live in an overseas share-house for 10 months when I heard his story of Taiwan.
I started to live in the dormitory when I started Ube Kosen, and I had a hard time until I got used to it. I presumed that it would be difficult to live with foreigners who had different cultures and languages than I imagined because it was difficult to live with Japanese people. But as he kept on his story, I noticed that I grew up myself through social skills and understanding of other people because they reduce discrimination and prejudice in the world.
4What I want to challenge when I move to the international dormitory in April is to communicate with international students actively. I am particularly interested in the culture of other countries, so I would like to teach Japanese culture to international students and learn about the culture of other countries, vice versa.
I always liked English, but I did not have opportunities to talk or communicate with people from overseas. I think the international dormitory is valuable because we can easily communicate with international students. I am very excited to have many experiences from April.

Tom Suenaga (2nd-year of the Advanced Course of Management Information Engineering)

I developed a cross-cultural understanding ability, communication skills, and independence through living with other people from different countries in Taipei’s share-house. What I especially remembered is my language skills got better than I expected. It was difficult to imagine myself speaking a foreign language before I lived with other people. But I did not have a hard time making conversation in Chinese and English as I lived in the share-house.
I believe you will have the same experience I had through living in the international dormitory of Ube Kosen. It will be a good opportunity to get inspired greatly for you since it is difficult to have international exchange activities due to COVID 19. I wish you will lead the Ube Kosen international activities since you live in the international dormitory.

What is International Dormitory?

The international dormitory is intended to be a basis for the international exchange of National Institute of Technology. 17 out of 51 Kosen in Japan received a budget for the international dormitory. In the Chugoku area, Ube Kosen and Tsuyama Kosen have an international dormitory respectively. Ube Kosen international dormitory is a reinforced concrete building, 3 stories, and share-house style. There are communication spaces, 10 unit rooms which have 6 to 7 private rooms for males and females separated respectively. The building can accommodate up to 68 people.
The international dormitory started to run in April 2022. International students and Japanese students live together daily basis in the building. We will accept short-term international students after COVID 19 settles. We expect that the international dormitory will help to promote cross-cultural mutual understanding and develop a global mind.

What is the difference between International Dormitory and Hakucho Dormitory?

International dormitory is part of Hakucho dormitory. So the dormitory rules, cafeteria, shower room (bathing room), etc. are the same as the existing five dormitory buildings. On the other hand, the layout is very different from the existing dormitory.
The current existing five dormitory buildings have rooms that each room accommodates 1 to 3 persons (currently, each room accommodates maximum of 2 persons due to COVID 19 infection control), in addition, each floor has shared space such as a kitchenette, bathroom, laundry room.
The new international dormitory building is share-house style structure with units. Each unit has the above-mentioned shared facilities and shower room. Also, it has a Halal dedicated kitchen on the ground floor. In addition, there is a study room that all the students (not only boarding students) can use. We expect that we can use the study room for international exchange events, etc.

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