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Japanese Studies Student Wins First Prize in Essay Writing Competition
Date: 29 January 2008 

Japanese Studies Student Wins First Prize in Essay Writing Competition

Henry Kwok Chee Ying, a Japanese Studies and Journalism student on a one-year HKU Worldwide exchange programme to Akita International University (AIU) in the northwest of Japan, has won first prize in an essay writing competition organized by the AIU’s Student Voice Committee. To enter the contest, students were asked to submit an 800 to 1,200 word essay, in English, describing what they would do to improve AIU should they be appointed President of the University.

Henry’s prize-winning submission recommended the setting up of a Department of Language Studies, along the lines of the University of Hong Kong’s own School of Modern Languages and Cultures, as well as an increase in the number of foreign languages taught at AIU, which currently stands at four. Using his own experiences as a foreign exchange student to support his argument, Henry went on to list some of the benefits of learning a second or third language and to explain how it had broadened his horizons and enhanced his understanding of other cultures.

Henry’s prize includes a certificate signed by the current President of Akita International University, Dr. Mineo Nakajima, and 30,000 yen. Well done!

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