Development of AgriBio Leaders with an International Perspective

sh Training Programhad always wanted to study at a university in the United States. But before the EST program came along, I never really had the chance. All the teachers in the program are young, fascinating people, and I was able to enjoy the learning experience in all the lessons. The teaching is in the form of such activities as group discussions, presentations, and conducting questionnaire surveys, and as a result there is ample opportunity to express your own opinions in English and study in a really effective manner. As well, it was possible to achieve real peace of mind in the wonderful environment of the university campus and the nearby town. Through this program, I learned the importance of finding enjoyment in study, adopting a broad outlook, and expressing one’s own opinion. I also came to realize how necessary it is to make positive steps toward bringing about one’s own ambitions. In the future, I want to return to the United States as a graduate student and study again in that stimulating environment before looking for a job.STUDENT INTERVIEWYoko KitagawaAgricultural Resources, Engineering and Economics courseProgram participation: 2013STEP!HOP!Program Name: English for Science and Technology(EST) AY 2013~       Communication and Culture Program(CCP) AY 2014~Contents: EST: Small-group learning in science-related English skills, Visits to high-tech companies and research institutes, Homestay program CCP: English-language classes based on proficiency level, Study of American society and culture, Homestay programUniversity of California, Davis Extension(Davis, California, U.S.)tttxxxxxxsESTcompetence through overseas studyIThis program provides participants exposure to native-speaking English in native-speaking nations and cross-cultural experiences through homestay, local events, etc. In addition to improvement in English competence, I believe that it will present students the realization that what is believed common sense in Japan does not apply in other countries and that they must think on how to behave based on diverse value perceptions. Although short in term, hands-on experience from the program delivers to students impact entirely different from learning from books and on the web. It holds experiences that cannot be obtained during the past 20+ years of their lives. I hope that this will provide them the opportunity to think over their future studies and their career paths.Associate Professor Mako NakamuraThe charms of learning abroadFaculty of AgricultureInterview with Requires a TOEFL-iBT score of 80 points or aboveNo TOEFL-iBT score requirement12


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