Rebecca’s ready to say konnichiwa

Second year Bachelor of Engineering student Rebecca Azzopardi has just departed for 21 days in Japan, on a Mitsui Educational Foundation Study Tour. She tells Small Change about it here:

The tour aims to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Australia and Japan. It will take me through various regions, providing opportunities to learn about Japanese culture, society, business and industry. 

I’m most looking forward to attending a lecture at Keio University, Tokyo, where I will be able to experience the teaching style used in Japanese universities, and compare it to my own experiences from Australia.

Another highlight will be meeting the Australian Ambassador to Japan and learning more about the relationship between Japan and Australia, especially since the focus of this tour is to strengthen the relationship between our countries.

I hope to have a number of networking opportunities on the tour, professionally and personally.

I will visit five of Mitsui & Co.’s plants and offices, including Toyota Motor Company and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, where I will learn about how business is conducted in Japan, and interact with employees.

I look forward to staying with a Japanese host family for three nights in Chigasaki and experiencing day-to-day living in a Japanese home.

I am excited to experience the fusion of traditional and contemporary culture and understand more about how these aspects co-exist, as well as the history underpinning them.

Visiting the Meiji Shrine, Hiroshima Peace Museum and many more will be incredible experiences, allowing me an insight into this rich and diverse culture.

The experience will enhance a number of important life skills that I hope will improve my employability in future.

This will be my first big international trip to a different country with a diverse culture. It will be an incredible learning experience to build my interpersonal skills and my ability to adapt to challenging situations.

I plan to work in various locations and interact with many different people, so having an understanding of business and economy in Japan will be a big benefit to me.”

For more information on the Mitsui Educational Foundation Study Tour of Japan and other leadership opportunities and global experiences, contact the UQ Advantage Office on +61 7 3365 2929.


Last updated:
13 December 2016