TUJ Times Online

October 24, 2007 (vol. 25)


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Announcements:

New TUJ Undergrad Promo Video Goes Live

TUJ's new undergraduate and Academic English programs' promotional video is ready for viewing on the website. Available in both English and Japanese versions, the 16-minute film showcases the undergraduate program's various majors and also presents a day in the life of a TUJ student. The Communications and Admissions Counseling teams worked closely with both professors and students to assemble the footage, and we believe the video will significantly extend TUJ's promotional reach, particularly to potential students who live far enough away to make visiting TUJ in person difficult. To view the English version of the video, please click here. For the Japanese version, please click here.


Alumni Reunion - Kansai Mode

Our first-ever alumni reunion in the Kansai area - one facet of TUJ's 25th anniversary festivities - is now set for November 17 at the Osaka Dai-ichi Hotel. Alumni from all degree programs are invited, and we're hoping the event gives TUJ alumni living in the western part of the country a chance to reconnect with old friends. Dr. Kenneth Schaefer and Dr. David Beglar will be the co-hosts for the evening.

Date & Time
Saturday, November 17, 7 PM to 9 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Place
Osaka Dai-ichi Hotel, Banquet Room Monarch (6F)
Admission
4,400 yen per person

To register, please go to http://www.tuj.ac.jp/newsite/main/alumni/events.html


News:

TUJ Joins in the Fun at the Minato Citizens' Festival


TUJ students display their jazz dance form.


TUJ's booth in the gourmet section attracted plenty of festival attendees.

TUJ took part in the annual Minato Citizens' Festival for the first time this year. The event, held on October 6 and 7, regularly pulls in more than 200,000 people from Tokyo and beyond. TUJ-related highlights included:

Art exhibition - Professors Shinya Watanabe and Kaoru Sakurai organized an art exhibition of TUJ student works at Zojyoji Temple Kaikan

Dance performances - On Saturday afternoon, a group of TUJ students took over the stage at Minna-no Hiroba at Shiba Park to perform jazz dance. Another group showed off their hip-hop moves at the same venue on Sunday afternoon.

Gourmet food - TUJ student volunteers helped a TUJ favorite, Kyle's Good Finds, sell BBQ chicken and hotdogs from a booth along "International Liquor and Gourmet Street" in front of the Tokyo Prince Hotel.

TUJ student volunteers also assisted with various other aspects of the weekend event as part of our cooperative agreement with Minato City.


APP Takes a New Name

TUJ's Academic Preparation Program (APP) has officially changed its name to Academic English Program (AEP). Including "English" in the name emphasizes that the program is designed to teach English to non-native speakers. AEP's intensive English-language program helps students obtain the wide range of academic skills they need to prepare for university-level instruction in English-speaking countries. Students who complete the program are therefore prepared to enter TUJ or Temple University's Main Campus, as well as other universities and colleges in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries. Please click here to view the full press release in Japanese.


Immersed in English - Warabi High School Group Visits TUJ


Professor Patrick Rosenkjar welcomes the Warabi High School group, which included the school's principal and three English teachers.

On October 9, TUJ's Academic English Program (AEP) hosted a special group from Saitama Prefecture's Warabi High School, which the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has designated a "Super English Language High School." In addition to introducing TUJ to the visitors, the daylong program allowed the 46 students to interact directly in English with several native speakers and provided some extra motivation to learn English for international communication. Highlights of the program included get-acquainted games between the students and eight TUJ international undergrads, sample English lessons taught by AEP faculty and several short TUJ student-produced films. The visitors also explained various aspects of Japanese culture to the TUJ students. This was the second year TUJ has hosted visitors from Warabi, and represents our continuing contribution to the school's efforts to emphasize the English language and international education.

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