Voices of Student Members

Through KIP’s activities, I feel that I have acquired logical thinking skills that are necessary to find out the essence of every problem. We learn from the knowledge of those who are working in various fields and think about the effective solutions by searching the essence of a certain problem from a diverse perspective. Looking at the students who have been in KIP longer than I have, I can assure you that KIP has provided students with an environment to grow as an individual to be flexible enough to accept different opinions as well as to strongly express their own views that they have constructed.
(Tetsuro Tada, The University of Tokyo, College of Arts and Sciences)

KIP is the best place to expand your possibilities. Not only we can gain knowledge from the guest speaker’s talks but we can also organize our thoughts through the discussions after them. Moreover, interacting with students and alumni with various values enable us to view our opinions objectively. KIP, where we can broaden our horizons limitlessly and, at the same time, polish our thoughts, is a valuable place for students who have many options for their futures.
(Tomoki Murakami, Keio University, School of Physics)

Have you ever had an experience of being unable to answer questions about Japan that a foreigner asked you? I feel that since the globalization is progressing rapidly, learning about “Japan” which is our foundation is necessary more than ever. At KIP has provided a place where you can learn about Japan and the world through forums and regional study trips and so on. Moreover, discussions, overseas study trips and symposiums are to express what you’ve learned and contemplated. KIP covers various topics which enables you to grow as an individual according to your curiosity.
I look forward to meeting, discussing and learning together with you who have passion
(Risa Kodama, The University of Tokyo, School of Education)

To name what you can gain in KIP, in my opinion, it is the habit of thinking for yourself. In the past year, I’ve learned to think about issues that Japan and the world contain, such as relationship between Japan, China, and South Korea, gender roles, English education in Japan, regional revitalization and employment system, from various viewpoints and to express my own thoughts on them. The time I spend searching the essential points on each problem and discussing them with my companions is very valuable.
(Ayako Morihara, Keio University, School of Politics)

Since there are students and alumni with various backgrounds in KIP, discussions in forums are intellectually stimulating with multifaceted viewpoints coming together. In projects we also learn not just as fundamental as running an organization but how we can work to maximize each teammate’s potential and help them grow as individuals too. Having an opportunity to get an idea of what it is like to work in the society is another point that I find KIP appealing.
(Daiki Naito, The University of Tokyo, College of Arts and Sciences)

I joined KIP because it focused on nurturing students to become knowledgeable with Japan and to have an international mindset, and on regional revitalization. However, it is not too much to say that KIP has enabled me to expand my horizon. Having discussions with people who quest for essence is stimulating. I feel that I’ve frown to become better at logical thinking and conveying my thoughts to others. We hear the word “diversity” these days, but the activities that undergo based on the principle of “Knowledge Investment Programs”, I actually feel diversity in my learning, which is a precious opportunity for me.
(Mana Sato, University of Sacred Heart, Department of English Language and Literiture)

KIP is different from other organizations in several ways. First, you can meet students who major in various fields and have different future plans or are struggling to come up with their future plans. Second, a wide range of topics are discussed in forums and projects. It can be said that KIP place a high value on diversity. This diversity broadened my view.
(Shun Arai, Yokohama National University)

Four years have passed since I entered KIP. I go to graduate school, so I have less opportunity to discuss about topics which are not my field. KIP allows me to think about things other than my field, so I enjoy discussing with KIP members.
(Shiori Sasaki, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences)

In KIP, students with various majors gain knowledge and discuss on numerous topics. Students not only gain knowledge on new topics, but also are asked to state their opinions on each topic. Therefore, I was able to practice my critical thinking skills. In KIP, students can join the steering committee. I learned my manners and became assertive through the administration. I believe that my experience in KIP will help me throughout my life. I hope that we will be able to make KIP a better organization.
(Fumimasa Kubo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Biological Sciences)

KIP invites leaders in various fields to lecture. By discussing with KIP alumni and students of same generation, I can meet people who have different sense of values from mine. I recommend KIP to students who want intellectual stimulation.
(Takeshi Miura, The University of Tokyo)

Through many activities in KIP, I have attained various knowledge and experience which will help me work actively worldwide. By discussing with students with various background, I attained various knowledge. KIP activities are good incentive for me to study my major harder.
(Shusuke Migita, Chiba University, School of Medicine)

There are students from various universities and various majors in KIP. Therefore, when I have a discussion at KIP forums, I can hear opinions and ideas from various angles. There are many people that I respect in KIP. I feel worried when I compare myself with other KIP members. However, I feel my growth through KIP.
(Atsushi Hashiguchi, Yokohama National University, School of Economics)

By discussing Japanese and world issues with university students having different background and ideas, I can take a broad view of things from other's various thinking. Furthermore, as I recognize that it is difficult to inform my ideas sufficiently, when I discuss, I come to make efforts to inform my idea as clear as possible.
(Masato Amatsuji, Keio University, School of Economics)