International Corner  

Student Ambassadors Represent NTU on First Overseas Mission to Japan

A delegation of nine NTU Student Ambassadors represented the university on a mission to four NTU partner universities in Japan last November. The student expedition to Japan was the first overseas mission by NTU Student Ambassadors since the Office of International Affairs (OIA) launched the student ambassador program over10 years ago in 2007.

The student delegation's visit during November 14-17 was organized as part of a series of activities, called "OIA X: A Golden Decennium 2007-17," that was arranged in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the OIA's founding.

Having stood out in the OIA's selection process, the nine student ambassadors were tasked with holding exchanges with student organizations and international groups at the University of Tokyo, Keio University, Waseda University, and Sophia University, all located in Tokyo. Prior to their journey, the students prepared by taking part in the planning of the mission and compiling reports. They also received training on official visits and exchange activities to enhance their formal experience and knowledge of cross-cultural and international diplomatic protocol.

Among the four student groups with whom the NTU Student Ambassadors held exchanges while in Tokyo was the Student Staff of the University of Tokyo, a group established by that university's Division of International Affairs in August 2017. The six inaugural members of the group as well as their Division of International Affairs advisors all know how to play various musical instruments, which helps them to infuse creative energy of music into the promotion of international exchanges.

Four members of the University of Tokyo’s Student Staff visited the NTU campus to meet with their counterparts here on January 31 this year. Their visit continued exchanges initiated in Tokyo, and strengthened the friendship between the two universities.

The OIA selects NTU Student Ambassadors and conducts training sessions each October. The 64 current student ambassadors represent each of the university's 11 colleges. Made up of local students, international students, and overseas ethnic-Chinese students, the group is able to speak more than 10 languages in total.

The student ambassadors' regular duties include helping the OIA receive international visitors and guest scholars, hold international conferences, and implement special projects. These outstanding and talented students provide vital support to the OIA in promoting the internationalization of higher education on the NTU campus.