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"U.N. Academic Impact Public Event: Tackling Global Challenges―Career Development for Diplomatic and International Public Services" held

Update:June 7, 2017

A panel discussion titled "United Nations Academic Impact Public Event: Tackling Global Challenges―Career Development for Diplomatic and International Public Services" was held at ICU on Monday, June 5. It was part of the class on Advanced Studies in International Relations given by Distinguished Professor and former Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations Motohide Yoshikawa.

The discussion started off with the panelists accepting questions from the students on the floor. On the panel, in addition to Professor Yoshikawa, were Chikako Takase, Director of the United Nations Centre for Regional Development; Setsuko Yamazaki, the former U.N. Development Programme Cambodia Country Director; and Yuri Noguchi, of the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' International Cooperation Bureau who is a 2015 ICU graduate.

Students asked questions about the most difficult experiences they had gone through in their work, their attitudes toward their jobs and the language skills necessary for working at international organizations. Some of the panelists made remarks such as:

"Work means a constant series of difficult challenges. It is very important, therefore, to try to enjoy these challenges"

"English is necessary, but it alone is not sufficient. In communicating with people from different countries, an effort to learn their language and culture will bring you closer to them and promote smooth dialogue."

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