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Introductory Meeting in the International Dormitory



The International Exchange Committee for Boarding Students planned an introductory meeting for students who started to live in the international dormitory from April 2022. The meeting was held in the study room on the first floor of the international dormitory on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

The total number of boarding students for the international dormitory is 65, and 11 out of 65 students are international students. (The dormitory can accommodate 68 students, 34 males and 34 females.) We asked Japanese boarding students whether they wanted to move to the international dormitory or not last year. Then, we selected Japanese boarding students based on their performances in the international exchange activities, and the like. 8 male students and 8 female students in the 1st-year also started to live in the international dormitory after being asked if they wished to live in the dormitory.

Ayaka Sato, Chairperson of Hakucho Dormitory International Exchange Committee, explained about the introductory meeting.

Introducing themselves at the meeting ①

Introducing themselves at the meeting ②

During the introductory meeting, we divided the Japanese students into 4 groups and international students visited each group for 15 minutes to introduce each other. The self-introduction was made using a simple game style, and we had an impression that students learned from each other well even though it was the first to meet for students who were from different ages and departments.

Group picture of international students and Japanese students in the international dormitory ①

Group picture of international students and Japanese students in the international dormitory②

We have plans to have such international exchange activities in the common space like the study room, each unit, etc. on a daily basis.

Students Comments

ADANHO AURELE FLEURY SENAMI (3rd-year of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, International student from the Republic of Benin)

I started to live in the international dormitory in April 2022. I actually studied Japanese for 1 year in Tokyo before I moved to Ube Kosen. I lived in an international dormitory in Tokyo as well, but there were only international students who studied Japanese as I did. There were no Japanese students in that dormitory. So I did not have many chances to speak Japanese before I came to Ube Kosen. But there are many Japanese people in this international dormitory where I live, unlike the one in Tokyo. I would like to become friends with Japanese people and learn about them. I will be happy if we will have many events like an exchange meeting.

Miku Sato (1st-year of Department of Electrical Engineering)

I like English, but I am not good at it. I was excited but I was also worried to live in the international dormitory. But senior students who live in the dormitory are very kind, so I am enjoying my dormitory life and it is fulfilled. When we don’t understand some part while studying, we can teach each other and learn. I enjoyed the first international exchange activity with international students by speaking in Japanese. I was interested in the international student’s culture when I heard their stories and I wanted to talk more with them. It was very good that I was able to live in the international dormitory because I got interested in countries other than Japan and I would be able to experience something I could not usually do. I have many things I don’t know, but I am looking forward to having Kosen life.

Ayaka Sato (4th-year of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chairperson of the International Exchange Committee for Boarding Students/ Director of the International Dormitory Women’s Building)

It was good that we managed to introduce Japanese students and international students to each other as soon as we started to live in the international dormitory. I thought it was not fun if we just introduced each other, so we planned the way of introduction like a game. I was worried if the plan would go well, but all the students participated in the event and it went smoothly. I think it was the first time for many Japanese students who were involved with international students, but since we proceeded with the event in only Japanese, all the students seemed to communicate actively. We will plan various activities which people can join easily and enjoy like the introductory meeting, and activities in which people can learn foreign languages.

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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