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Student Voice

Message of Mutian Guo

About myself

I am Mutian Guo, a second-year Master student from the Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University. I enrolled in the International Program in Public Economics (IPPE) on October 2021, and my major field is Economic Engineering. My supervisor is Professor Takimoto Taro.

I was born in Hefei city, Anhui province, in mainland China. I studied abroad in Australia and received my Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Technology Sydney. After I passed the JLPT at the N1 level, I came to Fukuoka, Japan, on June 2022. Currently, Takimoto Sensei leads us in our seminar’s topics of Time Series Econometrics, and my individual research is on Japanese Fintech.

University classes

In Kyudai (i.e., Kyushu University, in Japanese: 九州大学 Kyushu Daigaku, we usually call it 九大 Kyudai in short), the Spring/Summer semester starts in April, and the Autumn/Winter semester begins in October every year. The Graduate School publishes the timetable for the whole academic year before April. Students can register for all the courses taught in Japanese or English. For instance, if you officially enroll in an English Master/Doctor program, you are welcome to Japanese-based classes with sufficient language skills and vice versa.

In the Graduate School of Economics, the courses with the titles “Topics in Economics” (in Japanese: ○○○特研 Tokukenn) may be different from the courses given by Graduate Schools in other countries. In such classes, students read books or journal articles assigned by supervisors and then prepare and deliver presentations. Participating in such courses can noticeably develop abilities in reading and understanding complex but latest publications on various research aspects on one’s own and improve expressing and language skills through presenting. I think it is vital to enroll in Tokukenn classes held by one’s supervisor to catch up on the knowledge in their seminar; meanwhile, going to Tokukenn classes held by other seminars is also very helpful.
Particularly during the covid time, it gives you opportunities to communicate with more teachers and classmates in Graduate School, even through online Zoom meetings turning the camera and microphone on.

Study and life on campus
  • The Graduate School of Economics locates in the East Zoon at Ito campus. We have most of our classes in building No.2 of East Zoon. Graduate students can apply to the student council to use the laboratory room located in the same building.
    Laboratory rooms provide a safe and quiet study place with stable Uni-wifi and a chance to make friends with your roommates from different countries and seminars.
    They have door locks so that you can put your digital devices, borrowed books from the library, and copies and printings in your lab room once you are permitted to use one of them. Remember to bring your student ID card if you come on weekends or holidays!
  • The “Big Sky” canteen is located in East Zoon, organized by the university cooperation. It provides more than 20 different lunch sets, which are cheap, delicious, and thus popular among students. Toritenn Teishoku (in Japanese: とり天定食) is my favorite, limited available at noon.

    Only 440 yen covers all the dishes in the picture! Tastes great!

    There are other canteens located in the Central Zoon and the West Zoon, 10-15 minutes walking from the East Zoon. Their menus are different from Big Sky’s, so do not hesitate to have a try when you are not in a hurry!

My life at Kyushu University

About me

This is Nasra A. Mohamed, an international student from Somalia, East Africa.
I was born, bred and studied my Bachelor’s degree in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. I Majored in Statistics at Simad university, I received my degree in 2020.
Currently, I’m enrolled as a research Student (研究生/Kenkyūsei). I’ll start my Master’s Program (The International Program in Public Economics (IPPE)) at the graduate school of Economics under the supervision of Professor Takimoto. I was lucky enough to get accepted as MEXT student by one of Japan’s top national universities, Kyushu University.

I arrived in Japan on May 22, 2022. After spending eight days in quarantine in Tokyo, I traveled to Fukuoka. When I first arrived in Fukuoka, I was quite concerned about how my life would be at Kyushu University. All I have seen later blew my mind; in fact, Japanese are by far the most polite and helpful people you will ever meet (at least to my opinion), everyone was so kind and eager to help.

As a MEXT student, I was required to study Japanese Language for the first 6 months before focusing on research at the Graduate School. I advise to all international students that may intend to study in Kyudai also attend JTAS classes and Japanese language for the ease of their life in Japan.

University classes and the Graduate school

The teaching style at the graduate school of economics is absolutely top notch, and professors never hesitate to help you with everything. My professor actually checks in with us once a month by holding a one-hour tutorial. In the event of an emergency, I email him, and he always responds promptly and with assistance.
I started attending Takimoto sensei’s seminar and taking some noncredit classes this semester. Courses at the Graduate School of Economics are taught in either Japanese or English. My program is international so it’s English obviously.
The aim of being a Mext research student is not only to work on a specific research under supervisor, but also to have a good understanding of the courses taught in the graduate school. As a research student working under Takimoto’s supervision, I also got the opportunity to attend both his graduate and undergraduate seminars in order to broaden my understanding of economic research. Also, we practice reading published journal papers and articles. Ideally, I believe that all of this contributed to my confidence in presentations and language skills, both of which are critical in academics.

Although I’m not an undergraduate student, participating in the undergrad semi ( 学部経済工学演習) had significantly improved my research skills. This seminar discusses how to use free statistical software R and Python to apply Econometrics in practice. What sparked my interest was the learning method is unique unlike the ones I have seen before; t focuses entirely on group discussions and presentations. We are also required to present data every week, either by analyzing actual data of our interest or data from a published article.
This was a great chance for me to reconcile the differences between my earlier educational background in Africa and the one of Japan. I can now start my Master’s degree while I’m fully prepared. Finally, in case you are planning to join kyudai as a Mext student, I always recommend to anyone to start as a research before enrolling into masters.

Campus life

The campus is amazingly beautiful. I loved everything about Kyushu university, although I was dealing with unfamiliarity and the new environment I was exposed to but everything else captivated me, the campus, the dormitories, the stunning and big library, which is well equipped and designed unlike the others I have seen before. Oh, let me not forget the night view is really spectacular!

There is an aimo car, and if you’re not in the mood of walk you can take the free car. There is also a lot crossing involved at ito campus, you can you take a walk from East zone building (where the graduate school of economics is located) to center zone or west zone, its’s fairly convenient in the cold and hot days.
I faced many cultural shocks, but as the days passed, I started to manage and pull through the transition period, which went very well.
Graduate school of Economics is in ito campus, and ito campus is foreigner and Muslim friendly; there is a Nabisan restaurant, an Egyptian-owned canteen where you can eat all Halal food. Muslim students can also enjoy halal dishes from other canteens on campus, which include fish and vegetables
To sum up of what I have said before, now in January 2023, I’m looking forward to starting my master’s degree this year with my professor. I’m always grateful to my sensei, who advised me to first study the Japanese language and enroll as a research student; it’s because of him that I can now speak and understand daily conversational Japanese. I’m hoping to keep studying Japanese until I pass N1 and make my professor proud!! It’s only my first year in Kyushu, and I can’t wait to learn explore more.


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留学をしてよかったと思うことは数多くありますが、まずは国を超えて多くの友人ができたことです。現地の学生だけでなく、世界中から UGA に集まる交換留学生と関わっていく中で多くの刺激をもらい、多くのことを学ぶことができました。様々な文化に触れ、自分の視野が大きく広がった感じがします。今でも多くの人と連絡を取り合っており、留学で築き上げた友人関係は一生大切にしていきたいと思っています。