Nguyen Duc Binh Benno, a doctorade from Leibniz Universität Hannover, took part in the Kyoto University International Spring School for Future Global Leaders. In this article he reports about his experiences at Kyoto University:
Our final day of the Kyoto University International Spring School for Future Global Leaders commenced with a meeting with all the participants, professors and the vice dean Yuichi Ikeda. Each group briefly described their workshop from the previous days followed by a conclusion for the past two weeks summing up their impressions and experience gained, especially related to leadership. There was a lively discussion among the participants and thoughtful questions of the vice dean who studies physics but nonetheless emphasized the importance of leadership. The small session was closed by final words of Professor Yamashiki wishing everybody to keep in touch for the future and giving the students the opportunity to further deepen the studies at the Kyoto University.
We were offered a lovely farewell party shortly after where food and drinks were shared in a relaxed atmosphere and more detailed discussion about the gained experience and knowledge was possible.
Afterwards, we paid a short visit at the Daiyon-Kinrin primary school to hand over our learning material for the upcoming school year of the students. It was our first time visiting a primary school and we got an impression of early Japanese education and the tradition of having lunch together in the classroom.
All in all, the last day was a great summary of our stay in Kyoto combining lectures about leadership and human survivability marked by discussions and different opinions with Japanese culture. We are grateful for this wonderful week and sincerely hope for further meetings in the future.
Nguyen Duc Binh Benno
Leibniz University Hannover