Development of AgriBio Leaders with an International Perspective

Global Career Paths for School of Agricultural studentsStudy abroadWorking for global companiesHOP! STEP! JUMP!Sayaka Matsuda1-year study at an overseas graduate programStudy at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, from October 2015 to September 2016Enrolled in 2015, pursuing a MS in Water Environment Engineering, Agro-environmental Sciences courseYurie IshizukaStudy at University of Technology Sydney, Australia, from August 2010 to July 2011Enrolled in Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 2014Graduated in 2013 with a BS in Food Science and Technology, Applied Biosciences courseotivated by participation in problem-based learning program of scientific experience at Vietnam National University of Agriculture, my desire to study overseas in pursuing my specialized field became stronger. What is most difficult in studying in Germany is that I have to handle research into masters thesis for my Japanese university laboratory and dealing with classes and work at the University in Munich. However, the University at Munich will provide me opportunities to learn on a highly specialized level, providing great learning experiences through output from the many groupwork projects and discussions. It is also an environment consisting of people of various nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, that I am able to engage in communication without hesitation with anybody. After completing graduate studies, I hope to make use of the specialized technologies and experiences from the study abroad program to engage in international cooperation and development assistance in the field of agricultural engineering. I recommend students to take on this challenge, if you have a bit of interest in studying abroad.Admission to a graduate school overseas after one year of studying abroadhe toughest in preparing for study abroad was maintaining GPA score and obtaining scholarship. At the school I entered, I have to tackle not only with study in English but also curriculum that is different from that of a Japanese university. At a Japanese university, academic performance is determined by attendance, research and tests. The German university where I study has test scores representing performance for the course, generating huge pressure to perform well. Also unlike Japan, poor performance quickly means course failure. My major is physiology & nutrition, which I hope to study in greater depth at the German university and eventually contribute to society in the field of food development. I feel that there are many forms of studying abroad. There may be language study, student exchanges and accredited student exchanges. However, they all differ in objective, scope of responsibility and how to gain funding. When considering study in a foreign country, I feel it is necessary to exercise foresight and select the form of study that leads to your future career path.Karen HirotaniUtilizing study abroad programs in jobseekingJoined a global company after study abroad on exchange programMeiji Co., Ltd., in 2016hile in university, I was actively involved in interaction in English, serving as tutor to international students and participating in English Skills Enhancement Program and study abroad programs. Tutoring experience provided not only the opportunity to speak in English but also stimulation to study further, witnessing the strong enthusiasm of international students. Also, the study program in Vietnam and Kansas, USA, provided the opportunity to examine into local lifestyles and agriculture in Japan and other countries. Starting spring, I will be working as buyer of raw milk. To manufacture better products, we need to build close ties of trust and cooperate with dairy farmers. I feel that the communication skills cultivated through tutoring and study abroad programs helped in being recruited by the company. Meiji is expanding in various markets, including China, Southeast Asia and the US. I would like to work in the future to contribute to the health of consumers worldwide through our products. studied English intensively over a short term for the study abroad program. I memorized one notebook full of terms and practiced familiarizing myself with the test format in the areas of listening comprehension and reading comprehension. Also, I kept my motivation to learn high by engaging in dialogue with international students and those with overseas study experience. When I was uncertain of the exchange study destination and my career path after study abroad, I received very kind and accurate advice from the study abroad section. Studying in Belgium was hard because of the use of Dutch, French, etc., in addition to English. However, I was able to acquire “a sense of daring and ties with people” during the program through active interaction with local students and participation in language programs for international students. Presently, I am working with a team in resolving issues to produce safe, high-quality coffee. Nestlé is a company based in Switzerland, but has subsidiaries around the world. I hope to experience overseas assignments in the future.Graduated in 2016 with a BS in Animal Science, Animal Resources courseMisako ShimamotoNestlé Japan Ltd. in 2015Study at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, from September 2011 to July 2012Graduated in 2015 with a MS in Food Hygienic Chemistry, Food Science and Biotechnology courseMWTI18


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