Category Archives: International

International Student Welcome Party (Spring 2018)

(Featured photo provided by International Student Affairs staff)

How do you start your new life at NAIST?  Becoming a new student at a new university is like beginning a new chapter of a book. A lot of people learn new skills from classrooms. They also gain new experiences from their new friends. Many students know more about their goals in life. It seems like everything in the new university is the beginning of a new journey!

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A clean and beautiful environment at NAIST. Photo by Pattaraporn Tulathum

At the opening of every semester, there are many new Japanese students and international students who begin their studies at NAIST. For this spring semester, the first week of April has many events for new students. For example, there is an orientation for all students, the TOEIC-IP test, and the entrance ceremony. On the other hand, some events are prepared specifically for international students. One of which is the International Students Welcome Party.

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[April 5th, 2018] The Entrance Ceremony begins! Photo by Pattaraporn Tulathum

The welcome party for new international students was held on the evening of Friday (April 11) hosted by the International Student Affairs Division. More than 40 new students from different countries joined this event. These students included Master students, Doctoral students, and Research students. In addition, some of the tutors, who will take care of the new international students for the first 3 months, joined in the fun, too.

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Participating international students were waiting for the upcoming party.  Photo by International Student Affairs staff

This party began with a warm welcome from the Vice President of NAIST and all of the staff. The atmosphere was energetic yet friendly.

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Prof. Kakiuchi, Vice President of NAIST, welcomed new international students at the beginning of this party. Photo by International Student Affairs staff

Participating students introduced themselves to each other. They enjoyed talking with staff members and other students who have also just arrived from overseas.

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Everyone introduced themselves, interests, and hobbies. Photo by International Student Affairs staff

After the ceremony, participants had dinner together.  There were a variety of foods including Japanese food, halal food, snacks, and drinks. While having dinner, everyone also enjoyed light conversations.

After ceremony section, we had dinner together. Photo by International Student Affairs staff
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There were a variety of food and snacks for all! Photo by Pattaraporn Tulathum

That was fun! We look forward to a lot of activities like this within the school year. Hope to see you in the next one!

The Secret Sauce to Recycling Success

The NAIST Global Student Network (GSK) is on a mission to save the environment, and some students’ wallets along the way. The GSK reopened the Recycling Market last April 2 to 4, and we had the opportunity to have a look and a quick interview with the head of the event. Despite the many challenges, this year’s run of the Recycling Market is one of the most successful yet!

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International Friendship Meeting 2018

NAIST has a strong web of support for its 25% international student population. The annual International Friendship Meeting, is a celebration of international exchange, diverse friendships, and gratitude for everyone’s efforts to make the NAIST international community a very welcoming environment. Guests from all around Nara gathered at the Millennium Hall on January 23 to celebrate.

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Make the campus clean again!

What better way to get to know your peers than pulling some stubborn weeds together? A community party after pulling some stubborn weeds together! Campus Clean-Up Day is a chance to finally meet all the other NAISTers locking themselves up in their labs, all in the name of science and service! Students, faculty, and staff all come together for an afternoon of community service and camaraderie.

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Team NAIST-Panasonic joins the Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017

Team NAIST, winners of the Airbus Shopfloor Challenge 2016, have partnered up with Panasonic to participate in the Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017, a competition about warehouse automation to be held at RoboCup in Nagoya from July 27-30. Team leader Gustavo Garcia presents the team and their robot.

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Habataki Class: Would you like to learn Japanese?

Living in Japan is sometimes difficult without being able to sufficiently understand Japanese. Even though everything at NAIST can be achieved in English, learning some Japanese is still very important to integrate the local community and be independent outside the university. That is why there are several free options to study Japanese at and around NAIST, and one of them is the weekly Habataki Class.

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From Philippines to NAIST: Story of an internship

Every year, several students from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines take the opportunity to come in Nara to take a grasp of research at NAIST in particular, and life in Japan in general. This experience helps them to decide if they want to enter NAIST in the future, after their undergraduate or master’s course. We interviewed one of the interns (who prefers to remain anonymous) to know more about how the Filipino interns spend their time at NAIST.

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