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Letter from Xi'an - Xi'an Jiaotong University

Associate Professor, Cao Hongquan
Department of Japanese, School of Foreign Studies, Xi'an Jiaotong University

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I am writing to you from Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), located in Xi'an city (formerly Chang'an), which is renowned as one of the four ancient capitals of China. Founded in Shanghai in 1896, Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) is a comprehensive research university with a major emphasis on science and engineering, and is under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. XJTU has a current enrollment of more than 30,000 full-time students, including over 13,000 masters and doctoral candidates.

After learning Japanese as an undergraduate and master's degree student at XJTU, in September of 2003 I came to Tokyo Institute of Technology to study under the supervision of Prof. Kikuko Nishina, who was a professor at the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology in the Department of Human System Science, as well as a staff member at the International Student Center. After completing my Ph.D in December of 2007, I returned to my alma mater and resumed my teaching activities there. My primary duties are to the courses at our Department of Japanese and to research in the field of Japanese education, but I also teach learners of Japanese as a foreign language. XJTU has a high proportion of students in the fields of science and engineering, and many of them choose to take courses in Japanese. These same students often like hearing about life as a Tokyo Tech student. Although my specialty is in language education, I think the integration of arts and science existing at Tokyo Tech has greatly helped in my day-to-day teaching activities and has also influenced my own research.

More than 20 years have passed since XJTU and Tokyo Institute of Technology signed a cooperation treaty in 1991. Already many XJTU students have gone to Tokyo Tech as exchange students. Indeed, among the staff at XJTU, there are many who have studied or done research at Tokyo Tech, and have already ascended the ranks and are active in many research fields. As there are so many people with ties to Tokyo Tech, there has even been talk of establishing a "Xi'an Kuramae Kai" Tokyo Tech alumni association of sorts. Tokyo Tech is my second alma mater, and I will always have fond memories of my time there. I believe in the further growth of and collaboration between Tokyo Tech and XJTU, and would like to do my part in advancing it.

Just the other day I advised two XJTU students who plan to do their graduate studies at Tokyo Tech. I believe the two will help build bridges between XJTU and Tokyo Tech in the future.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin No.27 (August, 2012)