Cross-cultural learning is of great significance in education. To
broaden students’ overseas exposure and align with the University’s
strategic goal of globalization, BANL organized the Tokyo Study Tour
in late May. Students were able to learn outside the classroom through
this all-round study tour which included visits to two universities,
two government organizations, four companies and cultural activities.
During the tour, BANL students attended seminars and workshops in
Waseda University and Chuo University. Students and staff from both
BANL and the universities delivered talks to present their analytical
results. Students learnt abundantly from the interactive discussions
and Q&A sessions.
Students also visited two government organizations, National
Statistics Centre and Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Centre. The
Statistical Museum in the National Statistics Centre keeps historical
information, the data collection instruments and records. Therefore,
through the visit, students were able to see their data collection
work and compare it with that of Hong Kong Census and Statistics
Department, gaining insights into their similarities and differences.
During the tour at Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning, students were given
emergency trainings for fire and earthquake disasters, which is also a
unique experience as such training is scarce in Hong Kong.
Students got an opportunity to visit four companies including Tokyo
Stock Exchange Ltd.. As one of the application areas of BANL major is
on risk management and use of statistics in economics and finance, the
visit enabled students to learn more about the mentioned aspects of
Tokyo Stock Exchange Ltd. and compared them with that of Hong Kong
Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.. The other three companies, namely Nissan
Motor Co. Ltd. Oppama Plant, Asahi Factory and NHK Studio Park,
are internationally renowned. Visits to these firms allows students to
enrich business knowledge on product manufacturing and development,
operations and marketing.
This tour balanced the academic and cultural learning satisfactorily
by embodying sight-seeing activities in Leimen Asakusa Temple, Sky
Tree, etc. The journey created a fun and valuable learning experience
to BANL students, providing them a wonderful opportunity to explore
and acquire new knowledge in a different culture.