Staff Development Overseas Training Program Returnees Present on their Experiences

Thursday, March 9 at Yoshida Campus, participants from the 2016 Yamaguchi University (YU) Staff Development (SD) Overseas Training Program gave presentations about their time spent abroad.

The training program, which started in 2004, has now been held a total of 13 times and sent a total of 65 administrative staff members to our international partner universities as of the end of academic year 2015. This year the program is aimed at fostering human resources who can contribute to the globalization of our university and its management. Trainees for this year attended two training sessions, including a lecture by Visiting Professor Shiota, before the traveling for the program abroad. This meeting’s presenters included 8 returnees from the YU SD Overseas Training Program and 1 returnee from the National Universities in Chugoku Region Jointly-organized SD Overseas Training Program. Approximately 60 faculty and staff attended.

At the beginning of the meeting, Director Sakamoto of the Strategic Planning Department gave the opening remarks. He spoke of 2015’s vision for the future of Yamaguchi University, which focused on building a diverse campus, where all members of the university and community can cross differences in history, culture, race, language, religion, and gender to understand, support, and work with one another. This training program was implemented to help staff develop the ability to solve the problems the university faces and plan proposals for promoting globalization of the university. Further, he stated that we needed to promote an environment where students, faculty, and staff from various backgrounds can work together, building with the information and experience trainees gained through the program as the core of these endeavors.

Trainees presented on their reasons for participating in the training, what they did during the program, and what they achieved. The returnees also put forth many suggestions for improvement, such as assigning full-time local staff to the Overseas International Collaboration Offices, raising student awareness of the crisis management system, expanding admissions exams outside of Japan, inviting international students to take part in advertising the university, and more. After the presentations, there were many questions from the audience and the staff had the opportunity to think about globalization of the university.

Lastly, Auditor Tsuchiya commented: “I was so impressed by the trainees’ positive and assertive attitudes and hope they will utilize the abilities to solve problems and plan proposals that they polished in this program.” Trustee and Vice President (Personnel Management, Regional Cooperation) Tanaka brought the event to a close with his comment: “I believe going overseas and seeing YU from the outside gave you a chance to notice our strengths and weaknesses. I hope you will open the door for YU to change and improve by suggesting ideas based on what you saw and experienced.”

YU will continue to work on improving this program for fostering globalized staff as we endeavor to further diversify our campus.



Program Duration


Planning Section, Planning and Evaluation Division, Strategic Planning Department

Ms. Misato Honjo

6 - 14 September

Dalian University of Foreign Languages,

Shandong University,

Ritsumeikan Liaison Office  in Shanghai JiaoTong University, and 2 others.

Graduate School Section, Faculty of Economics

Ms. Rika Ishida

Information Service Section, Academic Information Division, Information Management and Communication Department

Ms. Karin Matsubara

7 - 10 November

Da-Yeh University,

National Chung Hsing University,

Tunghai University

Accounting Section, Finance Division, Finance Department

Ms. Satomi Shimizu

Academic Affairs Section, Faculty of Education

Ms. Misato Tani

12 – 19 November

Chiang Mai University,

Kasetsart University,

Srinakharinwirot University,

Chulalongkorn University

Academic Affairs Section, Faculty of Education

Ms. Shiho Tanaka

Admission 1 Section, Admissions Division, Student Affairs Department

Mr. Kenta Kadowaki

13 – 19 November

University of Indonesia,  Gadjah Mada University,

Udayana University,

APU Indonesia Information Center

Public Relations Section, Public Relations Division, General Affairs Department

Ms. Yukiko Ishida

Deputy Director, Student Affairs Division, Student Affairs Department

Ms. Harumi Teranishi

11 – 20 May

National Universities in Chugoku Region Jointly-organized SD Overseas Training Program