Paul Snowden 杏林大学副学長
Your Life, Your World, Your Choice
In the next few years, Kyorin University will evolve into a University that is more united, more globalized, and more suited to its new location in the city of Mitaka. We shall all be nearer to the University Medical School and its Hospital, so we can be more united. We shall all have more and more opportunities to study overseas, so we can be more globalized. We shall all have better access to everything that city life offers, so we can widen our horizons and broaden our knowledge and experiences.
We are now creating many new partnerships with universities and colleges overseas. This is in line with our commitment to have at least 50 partner institutions, and we have already almost reached that total.
Our partnerships with several high-ranking universities in China are already running well: we send about half of our students of Chinese to study there, and we receive a large number of Chinese students to study with us. Our graduates in Chinese find good jobs in interpreting and other fields.
At present, between 50 and 100 students of English go overseas to study in the US, Canada, England, Australia or New Zealand every year. They can choose long or short study trips; some do homestays, while others live together with other international students in student accommodation. In the next few years, we hope that 200, 300 or even 400 students will choose an overseas option.
Personally and professionally, I believe that overseas study should not be an optional extra, but should be an essential element of university education. I aim to make overseas study available to all of our students, so that they become fully globalized human beings. As globalized human beings, they will be able to understand the world better, to understand their own country better, and to understand themselves better. In this way they will create a better future for themselves, for their own country, and for the world.
Kyorin University has teachers who are enthusiastic about international education. We have more and more teachers from overseas, and our teachers from Japan also include people with experience who can teach their own subjects in English. We welcome students who are as enthusiastic as their teachers, students who can benefit from their teachers’ enthusiasm, students who can influence the world with their enthusiasm.