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University of Sydney pilots international internships with Japan’s largest bank

Deborah Goh

Tue Sep 08 2015

Bank of Tokyo

THE University of Sydney has partnered with Japan’s largest bank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, to provide its students with international internship opportunities. Deborah Goh reports.

In partnership with Japan’s largest bank, The University of Sydney will be piloting a week-long international internship program for six undergraduate students from the university’s Faculty of Art and Social Sciences.

The six students will gain work experience overseas at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi’s Tokyo headquarters later this month.

Monica Flint, one of the six students selected for the internship program says the week-long program “will be an incredible opportunity to learn about the everyday operations within a large Japanese company”.

“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,” she said.

Recognising the value in work experience overseas as one of the best ways for students to gain a competitive edge and build invaluable skills to thrive in a global economy, the internship program will be open not just to local students but to international students at The University of Sydney as well.

The internship program will also function as a means to facilitate the enhancement of Australia-Japan relations.

Mr Go Watanabe, Chief Executive Officer for Asia and Oceania of BTMU, stated that 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.