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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo



An Unforgettable Chapter: My CAMPUS Asia Plus Journey at the University of Tokyo

Jinnan Guo

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Driven by my passion for Japanese anime, visiting Japan has been a longstanding dream of mine. Thanks to the CAMPUS Asia Plus programme, I had the chance to turn this dream into reality last year by spending a semester studying in Japan. My time at the University of Tokyo was an unforgettable journey, marked by academic exploration, cultural enrichment, and the forging of deep friendships with fellow students. This report seeks to encapsulate the transformative experiences and lasting memories that define this remarkable chapter of my academic and personal growth.

Academic exploration

At UTokyo, I fully engaged in a diverse and stimulating academic environment. The broad spectrum of courses, especially those concentrating on energy and development economics, not only allowed me to pursue my specific interests but also deepened my comprehension of global energy and economic dynamics. Also worth mentioning is the CAMPUS Asia joint course, which delved into the practical challenges encountered by the Japanese government in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. Collaborating with students from various countries, I examined the intricate issues surrounding the region’s recovery efforts. It could be said that this course provided a great platform to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios and helped me better understand the complexities involved in revitalising communities after a crisis.

Cultural enrichment

Beyond the classroom, my time in Japan allowed me to explore the rich diversity of Japanese culture. Whether it was through anime, tasting traditional cuisine, or embracing local customs, I found myself fully immersed in Japanese culture. While in Tokyo, I actively navigated through the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods, exploring historical landmarks, and participating in cultural events. Each cultural exchange was like a stepping stone, gradually deepening my connection with this country and increasing my appreciation for Japanese culture.

Interactions and friendships

One of the most rewarding aspects of my CAMPUS Asia experience was the opportunity to interact with students from various countries. These interactions transcended the academic setting, evolving into enduring friendships. Whether we were attending classes, sharing meals, or traveling together, my international friends and I created precious memories while exploring Japan’s captivating blend of tradition and modernity. I am confident that in the years ahead, our connections will endure, and we will continue to stay in touch, perhaps even planning visits to each other’s home countries.



Overall, the CAMPUS Asia Plus programme at the University of Tokyo has been a remarkable chapter in my academic and personal journey. Academic rigour, cultural immersion, and cross-cultural friendships have collectively contributed to a holistic learning experience. I left Japan with a deep understanding of the country and a network of international friends that enriched my global perspective. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the CAMPUS Asia Plus programme for providing me with this valuable exchange opportunity.