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Developing Human Resources - Realizing Growth -

Mr. Tomu Yasunaga
3rd year student at the School of Political Science and Economics

Have you ever spoken about your opinions in front of a large number of people, and received feedback on them?

In these human resource development lectures, in order to provide these kinds of opportunities, the set-up involves creating a platform for students to voice their opinions, with lectures thereby enlivened. As well as lectures by Prof. Mitsuhide Shiraki, people who are active at the forefront of industries are welcomed as guest speakers, and then speak about the things that they have gained by listening to them, with everyone gaining feedback whilst sharing their information. There is also time set aside for group discussions. The contents of the class are full of variety despite the large number of the students participating in class. Efforts to improve lectures through one's own active participation could be described as being a major characteristic, and because it is an open subject, with students from various schools and year levels participating, lectures are highly stimulating.

The main appeal of this class is that it allows you to refine your attitudes and values. This is something essential when entering the workforce. You are enabled to become specifically aware of the difference between "my own image of myself" and "the image of me as perceived by others," and to then seriously consider questions such as "What would I do?" and "What do I want to do?" Furthermore, by presenting my opinion in class and receiving feedback in response, my way of thinking was refined beyond what it had been. Such things cannot be gained unless you actively pursue and accept them yourself. However, once I was able to do them, I could really realize the surprising extent to which I had grown, and came to have confidence in my own actions and words. As a result of this, I also strived to make presentations in all lectures. This was due to my desire to be greedy in terms of personal growth, and also because I felt that by providing stimulation to other students - particularly first and second year students - through my own presentations, I might be able to perform my own form of human resource development. To all of you who are considering taking this class, I definitely encourage you to participate actively, take a look at yourself along with others, and to realize your own personal growth.

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)