On Thursday 25 September, ‘Study-Abroad Info Seminar’ inviting Assist. Prof. Dr Michinao Hashimoto from SUTD Singapore University of Technology and Design was held and even on an off-term weekday, the room became filled with approximately 20 local students who are interested in studying/working in foreign countries.
Starting his self-introduction from what sort of point he decided to study abroad, he mentioned his enthusiasm for foreign language and judo one of the globally-popular Japanese sports which dojo (exercise school) let him communicate with local people in foreign countries easily, and it gradually led him to the States. He added it was when a hero from his generation Daisuke Matsuzaka shown his intention to fly to MLB coincidentally.
The audiences took a note and made various questions: his tips to develop English language skill and how long in average it took for him to master English language, whether he would feel better to start postgraduate study in the States from master’s course and then continue Ph.D. or directly apply for Ph.D, merits to study abroad during undergraduate programme, possible financial support we could expect to study in American institutions, how many Ph.D programmes he submitted application, how hard to obtain job in foreign countries right after graduating from universities in Japan, etc.
Some of local and ovesea students even stayed longer after one hour session, and requested his tutorials.