More than 75 NC State students who are studying Japanese on campus got a chance to test their language skills with 38 visiting students from Japan.
The visiting students major in different fields and are enrolled as undergraduate students at Nagoya University, Mie University, or Aichi University of Education in central Japan. The students are here on a three week program, which is co-hosted by the Global Training Initiative (GTI) and the Intensive English Program, was developed to improve the students’ English speaking skills as well as give them a taste of what an American university is like. They will be visiting an NC State class in their major, learning about leadership in a diverse setting, and touring Washington DC.
The Global Training Initiative hires a group of student leaders to help facilitate cross-cultural workshops and trainings as well as contribute to leadership roles within the Cultural Exchange Network.
The 2015-16 Leadership Council includes (L to R): Karli Moore, Asia Hilliard, Amanda Williams, Alice Dai, Davante Falls, Xiaoming Zhou, Navneet Atwal, Vijay Venugopalan, and Mark Kingsley (not pictured).
GTI’s Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) has already welcomed hundreds of new students during Wolfpack Welcome Week at NC State. With more than 230 new SKEMA students as well as hundreds of NC State volunteers and exchange students, CENet now has more than 700 globally-engaged members!
During the Fall 2015 semester, GTI’s Cultural Exchange Network will host nearly 50 social, academic and service activities aimed at fostering international friendships and global understanding here on campus.
The Global Training Initiative partnered with NC State University’s Shelton Leadership Center and Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service to run a summer leadership academy for select students from NC State and Zhejiang University that took place in Raleigh and Boston.
The 10-day leadership development program included 20 participants studying various disciplines, 13 students from Zhejiang University and 7 from NC State. The program aimed to help students develop a better understanding of themselves and those from other cultures as well as help students improve leadership skills, such as communication, team building, and innovative thinking.
The week kicked off with a high ropes course challenge that was the highlight for many of the students. The program also included site visits to the Lenovo US headquarters in the Research Triangle Park and Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Students had the opportunity to apply what they learned during their leadership workshops and seminars by working in cross-cultural teams to create a final video that summarized their experience.
Watch the winning video below: