I want to show my students the importance of international exchange.
The work of a faculty member consists mainly of three obligations: conducting research, being in charge of classes, and participating in university’s activities and management. I am in charge of international economics, development economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and seminars.
Online classes are becoming more common due to Covid-19. To communicate better with students both online and face-to-face, I am trying to give ‘participation points’ to encourage students to participate in discussions and be active during the class as much as possible.
Also, I am trying to conduct my seminar with 18 students in a friendly way to encourage students to participate in discussions. I am satisfied to see my students freely expressing their opinions and asking questions during the class.
Basically, I conduct classes in Japanese, but as our university is an international university, from time to time I also speak English, so that students can make use of knowledge they obtained in English classes. As a result, students little by little can be more confident speaking English.
As for my other duties, actually there are many, for example, being a member of the International Exchange Committee last year I judged speech contest. In Kobe International University both Japanese and international students can participate in the speech contest, that’s why it is a good place for an international exchange. When I was a student, I also had an experience of doing speech at such contests and even won first prize at the all-Japan speech contest among female students with the speech “Character Building through Japanese Martial Arts”, so I want to show students of our university the importance of sharing their opinions with other people through international exchange.