35 TUFS Students Participate in UN Study Program in New York

March 26, 2020

From January 27-30, 2020, the 2019 Winter 2019/20 Global Liberal Arts Program “UN Study Program in New York” (coordinated by TAKASE Chikako and KASHIWAZAKI Masanori) was held, through which participating students trained at the Headquarters of the United Nations and other related institutions in New York (students travelled between Jan 26 and Feb 3). This year marks the third time this program has been held.

This program is made up of 13 lectures by UN officials, a guided tour of the Headquarters, a visit with The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, and a visit with the Consulate General of Japan in New York (the current Ambassador, Mr. YAMANOUCHI Kanji, is a TUFS alumnus). In addition to this, students also met with the New York Branch of the TUFS alumni association, the Tokyo Gaigokai, on the night of the 30th.

A total of 35 students participated in this program, including 34 undergraduate students from TUFS’ three schools of study, and one master’s student from the PCS Course. After conducting group study sessions on the activities of the UN in the fall quarter, the students faced the challenges of the training in New York. The head coordinator of this course, Professor TAKASE Chikako, is the former Director of the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, and taught a lecture in English on UN’s SDGs in the fall semester.

Working on the global stage, whether it be at the UN, international organizations, or international NGOs, is a future goal for many TUFS students. For these students, learning about the activities of the UN directly from its officials was a very valuable experience. In particular, hearing from TUFS alumni such as Mr. ITO Takakazu (Department of Operational Support (DOS)) was a great stimulus for the students. TUFS hopes that the students who participated in this program will spread their wings and go out into the world towards their dream careers.

In front of the Headquarters of the UN
Touring the United Nations Security Council
A Lecture from TUFS alumnus Mr. Ito Takakazu (DOS)
A lecture on the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)