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ophia University, a pioneer
level of economic turnaround and wealth generation that the Caribbean so desperately needs. With partners like Sophia University, we are taking UWI closer to becoming a global brand of education”. Ricky Haynes, Banking and Finance student from The UWI Open Campus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, echoed these sentiments. “As Caribbean people, it is imperative for us to be physically exposed international business and cultures and build long lasting relationships with powerful countries. In my opinion, the objectives of the student exchange programme were accomplished.” Upon returning from 30 days in the heart of Japan, things looked and felt different for Kimberly, “Japan changed the way I speak to people, it made me more outspoken.” Denecia Campbell of The UWI Open campus in Montserrat realised that she wanted to do more with her Banking and Finance degree than she initially thought after her Japan trip, “It made me want to start doing my Masters in a more economics-related field as my initial thought of economics was nothing like I thought.” After experiencing the efficiency of Japanese customer service, Quinn wants his future investment club business to mirror the same swiftness. Aaron sums it up best, “I want to go back! Everyone says the world is getting smaller, but the world huge! Yes, you can talk to someone on Skype and be friends with someone on Facebook, but there’s nothing like experiencing it in person...”
of international education in Japan, was founded in the heart of Tokyo by the Jesuits in 1913. With its motto “Sophia – Bringing the World Together” the university has been attracting faculty and students from all over the world and has grown to be one of the foremost of Japan’s private universities. It has nine undergraduate faculties with 29 departments, and 10 graduate schools with 27 programmes including humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and engineering. It has 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and teaching staff of more than 1,000. Sophia’s student and academic exchange partners count up to 246 institutions in 49 countries. The University has been selected for the governmentled programmes, “Top Global University Project” and just recently the “Reinventing Japan Project 2015” planned to enhance the partnership with universities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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