National Institute of Technology, Hakodate College establishes ‘International Dormitory’ to develop global human resources
The National Institute of Technology, Hakodate College, located in the city of Hakodate, held a completion ceremony on November 19 for a new International Dormitory – a shared-house-type accommodation for both Japanese and international students – with the aim of developing human resources with a global perspective. Conversation in the dormitory is limited to English, and the goal is to promote mutual understanding of culture and customs through daily interaction. The dormitory is also equipped with a base for holding foreign language classes for local residents, and the college plans to enhance international exchanges.
The dormitory has a capacity of 68 residents, with 10 separate living areas for males and female, connected by common areas such as a cafeteria, and private rooms for six to seven people. The facility is also equipped with a kitchen to be used exclusively for preparing halal food, one of the precepts of Islam. On the first floor is the Global Center, which will be used for language classes and interactive events with international students.
The common language used in the dormitory will be English only, and Japanese students over the age of 18 who have acquired a certain level of English proficiency will be allowed to move in.
During his address at the opening, college principal Tadano said “After the Coronavirus has been brought under control, we would like to promote international exchange and accept students from all over the world.” Professor David Taquet, who is responsible for international students, expressed his hope that “the college will become a place where students can develop an international perspective while living together”.
Currently, there are 14 international students from Southeast Asia and other regions enrolled at the college. The international dormitory will open for use in April 2022, when approximately 20 students are expected to move in initially.
National Institute of Technology, Hakodate College
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