Uniting in Norway: What I learnt and my future plans - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Takumi Ninomiya, a master's student studying Industrial Engineering and Management, recently returned from his study abroad in Norway. Here he explains about his experiences in Norway and the effect it has made on his plans for the future after Tokyo Tech.

Doing "v sign" which is common for Asian people but not for people from many other countries Doing "v sign" which is common for Asian people but not for people from many other countries

Climb up to the "Preikestolen" in the Lysefjorden (the guy who is raising his arms is me.) Climb up to the "Preikestolen" in the Lysefjorden (the guy who is raising his arms is me.)

Luckily, I could see the northern lights with my Korean friends! Luckily, I could see the northern lights with my Korean friends!

I have never lived abroad before. I thought that there will still be many things that I do not know in the world if I just stay in Japan. I was curious about that and I wanted to see with my own eyes. This is why I decided to study in Norway. Additionally, the university I studied at is really famous as an international university, so I could interact with a lot of people from various kinds of countries. As a result, I could experience a lot of new things: cultural differences, living alone in a foreign country and so on. Actually, Some Japanese people do not have a good image of Korean and Chinese people primarily because of information on the internet. However, after I got many friends from those countries, I found that those images are wrong. All of my friends from those countries were really nice to me. Of course, I found some cultural differences, but they were almost the same as we Japanese. I could know the "truth" about them. I think "studying (for example Mathematics)" itself is an important thing but studying these kind of things are also important.

Norway is very famous country for its nature like fiords. In addition to studying, I could enjoy really beautiful scenery which cannot be seen in Japan. And I could watch Northern light also. It can be seen only in some parts of the earth so I was very lucky.

My dream so far is to work for a Japanese company because I think they need Japanese people who have an international perspective. I want to make the best use of my experience for improving Japanese society. But still, I want to be sure to use English after I start work, so I am also applying for some foreign funds in Japan for internship opportunities.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin No. 31 (August, 2013)