文部科学省 大学の世界展開力強化事業 ~海外との戦略的高等教育連携支援~

Re-Inventing Japan Project –Support for Strategic Higher Education Cooperation with Overseas–

Student Voices

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU)


Spring 2014

AB Philosophy

Niko Atrio G. Hapitan

Congratulations to everyone accepted into the program!

SAIMS is a young program full of hope for the future of international mobility. I leave this message to my fellow SAIMS students: cherish this opportunity. The staff and professors are working hard to make SAIMS a quality program for everyone involved. Do study hard, so as to give helpful feedback. And of course, make friendships and memories that matter. Encountering differences in language and customs can make us learn just as much about the other as it can about ourselves.

Beyond the short and sweet semester lies our task as students; we will all be our own little beacon of light guiding others, whether you are from Sophia experiencing student life in other universities in Southeast Asia, or the other way around. Like any effective light, we must shine brightly. Not too bright, we might scare away others; though not too dull, we might go unnoticed. We all have received the gift of being welcomed into another university, another culture, another way of seeing the world.

Best of luck to anyone who is interested in entering the SAIMS program. Indeed, it is young—like many of us—and slowly glowing brighter each semester. Let us share in its hope for international mobility.

がんばってください! May we be a bright new constellation across Asia.


SAIMSは、まだ数年前に始まったばかりのプログラムで、国際流動性の促進がもたらす未来 への希望に満ちています。私は、SAIMS留学生に「この機会を大切にしてください」というメッセージを送りたいと思います。スタッフや先生方は、関係する全ての人々にとってSAIMSが質の高いプログラムとなるよう熱心に取り組んでいます。一生懸命勉強し、有益なフィードバックを残してください。もちろん大切な友人や思い出も作ってください。言語や習慣の違いに出会うことにより、相手についてだけでなく、自分自身についても学ぶことができます。



がんばってください! 私たちが、アジアを明るく照らす新たな星座を形成しましょう。

【Couses taken at Sophia University】

Environmental Science
Sustainable City
Introduction to Transdisciplinary Human Development
History and Philosophy of Pantomime
Basic Japanese Language
Human Ecology Rivers