TUJ Times Online

August 20, 2008 (vol. 35)

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Alumni Reunion 2008 - Get Your Calendar Out

Just in case you hadn't heard, the 2008 alumni reunion is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 15. The venue? Somewhere in Tokyo is all we can reveal at the moment. We will mail you an invitation with all the details, including the place and the cost, at the beginning of October. In the meantime, please mark your calendar!


Roundtable Evaluates Citi Community Internship Program

TUJ interns and NGO representatives reviewed the program at Nikko Citi Holdings Inc.

Several TUJ interns and NGO representatives gathered on July 15 for a roundtable review of the Citi Community Internship Program that began earlier this year. Citi's $80,000 grant underwrote a total of nine paid internships for students at five different Japan-based NGOs during spring 2008, and six paid internships at six different Japan-based NGOs this summer. The program will offer up to 18 TUJ undergraduate students the same opportunity each year.

The panelists included UN World Food Programme intern Kentaro Shimano, Kids Earth Fund intern Midori Kosaka, and Japan Philanthropic Association intern Ryoko Okamoto, and representatives from each NGO. It was a great opportunity for all involved-including Citi and TUJ staff-to discuss the program's many benefits.

NGO Class Presentation at the World Bank

A course participant talks about her experiences in Dindigul.

On July 16 at the World Bank in Tokyo, fifteen TUJ undergraduates from the "NGOs and International Development" course described their spring work-study program at eight villages in Dindigul, India. Arranged through the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), the course and field-study trip was co-sponsored by Philip Morris Japan and TUJ, and taught by Professors Geeta Mehta, Martine Van de Velde, and Mayuri Straub.

MSSRF harnesses science, technology and modern management techniques for environmentally sustainable and socially equitable development. The students focused on the community micro-credit banking and village knowledge centers MSSRF set up.

"I saw the wide gap between rich and poor," commented one student presenter, Xu Xinran. "Looking at MSSRF's support, I thought I could do the same for the poor in my own country, China."

New Ceremonies Mark MBA Commencement

Ellina Vatanabe (center) receives her Beta Gamma Sigma certificate from Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat (left).

Two new ceremonies preceded the MBA commencement ceremonies on June 15. On June 13, TUJ undergraduate business students Andrew Comick, Yumi Nakamura, Akina Okabe, Ellina Vatanabe and MBA students Bjoern Mork, Hugues Garcia, Alireza Sarmadi Rad and Mark Van Wingerden became the first from TUJ initiated into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement in business.

Fox School of Business and Management Dean M. Moshe Porat, in Tokyo for the commencement and to help celebrate Fox's 90th anniversary, presided over the initiation. The following night, MBA graduates gathered at Erawan Restaurant in Roppongi to receive class rings, the brainchild of second-year student J. P. Bolat.

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