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ICU Student Wins Hong Kong Cup All Japan University Student Ambassadors English Program 2014-2015

Update´╝ÜFebruary 3, 2015

Principal Hong Kong and Economic and Trade Representative Ms. Sally Wong and Mr. Takehiro Mouri

Principal Hong Kong and Economic and Trade Representative Ms. Sally Wong and Mr. Takehiro Mouri

On January 10, Takehiro Mouri (4th year student) won first prize for the All Japan University Student Ambassadors English Program (Hong Kong Cup) 2014-2015 held at the KDDI Hall in Chiyoda Ward. In its seventh year, the Hong Kong Cup was established to enhance mutual understanding between Japan and Hong Kong. Among the 172 contestants, 15 finalists were chosen to give presentations on five themes using Powerpoint slides. Mouri presented his on investing in Hong Kong, entitled "AdvisaTrip - An Innovative Way to Connect Young People in Hong Kong and Japan," a business plan providing advisory service on travelling in Hong Kong using SNS. AdvisaTrip promotes interaction between the younger generation in Hong Kong and Japan. In addition to a trophy and a certification of commendation from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, he received a round trip ticket to Hong Kong, and short-term study opportunity at Chung Chi College. The winners will also serve as student ambassadors of Hong Kong, offered internships and be invited to join various events related to Hong Kong held in Japan.

Saki Nakashima (1st year student) and Natsuko Robyn Shinozaki (2nd year student) also made the finals. Nakashima's presentation was on "HK- A City of Thrills, Significance of Hong Kong" and Shinozaki presented hers on, "Promoting Tourism-What is your Dynamic Hong Kong?"

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Takehiro Mouri: "This was my second try for the Hong Kong Cup, so I'm so glad I won this year. The speech I delivered last year was not well prepared. This year we were allowed to use slides to introduce our ideas. Dr. Robert Paterson's ELA course helped a lot in making slides and presentation techniques. I need to learn more to make my business plan feasible in the real world, so I plan to take part in the study abroad program in the U.S. next year. When I entered ICU, I was planning to major in sociology or pedagogics, but after taking diverse courses, I found I was more interested in business administration. The flexibility of the liberal arts education offered here is superb. I am determined to pursue my studies further in the ideal environment at ICU."

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