" Welcome Party" for new faculty and staff members and international students who joined the University in October 2016 was held at Keyaki restaurant (2F the Student Hall) on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016. The event is jointly organized by Center for Globalization and SAISUA in spring and fall every year. There was a total of 72 participants including President Oka, Vice President Tei, faculty and staff members, and international/Japanese students. We were given welcome address by University President Oka and welcome speech by SAISUA President Villegas. Continuously new comers introduced themselves. New international students are from China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Iran. Ms. Kaori Yuda 1st year undergraduate student and Ms. Hiruni Madhusha Rupasingha 1st year doctoral student from Sri Lanka took the role of the MC. The participants enjoyed the conversation each other and did Origami too. UoA Wind Ensemble members were invited to play some music for the event. That was a wonderful performance. For the closing remark, Mr. Saito who is a Staff for Promotion of University Education led the people to do "Ipponjime" which is a traditional clapping ritual to honor the close of a formal event.

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