Keio University Visit: Culture

10 06 2010

Keio University: Ranked 11th in the world in 2009 – According to a study by École des Mines de Paris.

It’s high ranking of education, and chance of getting most desired jobs in future, makes this university considered one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. According to École des Mines de Paris, Keio University has some alumni that is proud of: Keio University is ranked the 3rd in Japan for the number of alumni seated in CEO positions in fortune 500 companies.

Almost every feature in university shows the cultural theme and background of students, which are mostly from high-income families. They spoke better English, compared to other Japanese that we had seen. Although we found most Japanese pretty shy, but in this academic atmosphere, they were friendly, helpful, and easy to communicate with. I’m glad to say I made friends there, and I’m still in touch with them.

She was a U.S. born Japanese, and spoke very fluent English. Her Phone can read smart barcodes! (See Technology Post)

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Keio University Visit: Tech

3 06 2010

Keio University: Ranked 11th in the world in 2009 – According to a study by École des Mines de Paris.

A good day including an academic experience, on 15 th of May we visited the Keio University : An old university, with a good ranking among Japan and world universities. A student from japan presented her research about growth of use of twitter in Japan. Nicolas Henry and Fatima Abdelwahd from Michigan State University’s both campuses presented their research about E-publishing and Education. The friendly atmosphere in the university was adorable. By the end of the meeting, Dr. Coursari asked students in university to fill out a few surveys. I was wondering how they would write down complicated URLs correctly, from the screen. I almost didn’t notice a small barcode-like icon next to each link. Every student took a photo of the screen with their cellphones. I thought the phones would recognize the text links, and convert them to an internet link (that’s the state-of-art technology I had seen before in my cellphone). It turned out that cellphones in Japan are able to read barcodes. Since then I noticed the small barcodes all over the city. On a McDonald’s fries box, a Coke can, and vending machines, QR codes -quick respond codes- are taking over traditional linking styles. Wonderful, isn’t it ?

A sample of QR Codes: