Case Study: International Communication Skill Program
@Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

In October 2019, two different training programs, “International Networking” and “Project Management” were held at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST).

University Campus
The Venue (President's House)
The Venue (President's House)

Program Background

Many students are being employed after graduation. The OIST Academic Affairs Section (Career Development Team) wants to help students to improve their business and communication skills that they will need in the future while they are in school and by the time they graduate. The Career Development Team approached Pearson Japan in order to pilot business skills training for resident students

General Purpose & Conditions

  • Training for career development
  • Contents to be business-oriented so that students can acquire the business skills they need after graduation
  • Program to include elements that are useful for the students while they are still in school
  • Students to be taught why the skills are necessary and how they can be used effectively
  • Number of students per class to be limited to 15 so that participants exchange opinions and proactively express themselves
  • Program to be conducted in English due to the multinational character of the classes

Conducted Program (1)
"International Networking"

Learning what preparation and skills are required to expand a network in international society. The purpose is to acquire communication skills that will allow students to have confidence in networking situations when in school and after becoming employed.

Pre-assignments were given as tools for self-analysis to identify one’s own strengths, values, purpose, and story.
Various activities and discussions were used to enable students to know what kind of communication will be effective with the other party and how to promote themselves.

Conducted Program (2)
"Project Management"

Learning the tools, techniques, and processes for effectively managing a project.
Aim to learn the skills necessary for successfully executing projects (team formation, stakeholder analysis, making estimates, tracking, scope definition, etc.).

Practice-type training using activities where the techniques and tools necessary for project management are employed was conducted based on the project case studies created for this training.

Comments by the participants

I have enjoyed this Networking Training much more than any others I have previously attended. I especially appreciated the presentation of research concepts and modern business practices. This presentation felt more grounded in reality rather than the opinions of a specific presenter
I appreciate that the materials seems specific prepared for OIST. The placement and alternative presentation and materials were very well timed and helped reinforce concepts.
You(Instructor)created a wonderful atmosphere for participants. Strong materials, and well synthesized information)
The simulation game was a fun, enjoyable way to learn and “experience” managing a team of people. Good mix of interactive and lecture/explanation components.

Both trainings were conducted in a friendly atmosphere from start to finish, and the participating students actively asked the instructors questions about how to use the skills acquired in the training in the future while sharing their current situations and concerns. The exchange of opinions was also vivid, and both the participating students as well as Career Development Team members were very satisfied.