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Partnering with Japan’s largest bank

7 August 2015
Students to be given industry experience in Japan's largest bank

The University of Sydney has partnered with Japan’s largest bank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) to provide students international internship opportunities.

The memorandum of understanding marks the first time the University of Sydney has had an agreement with a Japanese bank and demonstrates the University’s commitment to providing its students with international industry experience.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison said the partnership strengthened the University of Sydney’s already strong links with Japan and industry.

“At the University of Sydney we seek to develop global leaders who understand the different social, political, economic and cultural factors influencing our shared future. This valued partnership will provide an outstanding learning experience for our students and the opportunity to build the skills to thrive in the global economy,” Professor Pattison said.

This internship will be an incredible opportunity to learn about the everyday operations within a large Japanese company which will be invaluable to me as I aspire to work in Japan after graduating.
Monica Flint, a second-year Bachelor of Arts (Languages) student

University of Sydney's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison and Mr Go Watanabe, Managing Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer for Asia and Oceania, BTMU.

Mr Go Watanabe, Chief Executive Officer for Asia and Oceania of BTMU said the agreement was signed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the bank’s operations in Australia.

“I am very excited about this partnership as we will be able to collaborate with the University of Sydney on a series of programs that will add to the better understanding and deepening of relationships between the people of Australia and Japan,” Mr Watanabe said.

A pilot of the internship program will commence later this month, when six undergraduate students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences begin their week-long internships at the Bank’s headquarters in Tokyo.

Monica Flint, a second-year Bachelor of Arts (Languages) student, was one of the students selected to participate in the program.

“This internship will be an incredible opportunity to learn about the everyday operations within a large Japanese company which will be invaluable to me as I aspire to work in Japan after graduating. I am particularly interested in learning about the Bank's approach to fostering international connections and strengthening their global presence in the rapidly changing global economy,” Ms Flint said.

The memorandum of understanding between the University of Sydney and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ aims to facilitate greater collaboration to further enhance the relationships between the two organisations as well as Australia and Japan.

As part of the MOU agreement, a joint symposium on Japan-Australia trade and finance relations will be held at the end of the year.

Sally Sitou

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