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Saudis studying in Japan: Live, work and explore a different culture

Saudis studying in Japan: Live, work and explore a different culture

JEDDAH: Saudi college students transfer to Japan annually to pursue their larger schooling, returning with numerous skilled experiences. These graduates of Japanese universities have confirmed their excellence within the labor market in each the private and non-private sectors.

Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, who’s presently working as chief planning and technique officer on the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, graduated from a Japanese college in 2013.

He’s additionally an adviser to the Minister of Hajj and Umrah and an assistant professor on the electrical and pc engineering division at King Abdulaziz College in Jeddah.

Al-Maddah lived in Japan between 2008 and 2013, the place he earned his grasp’s and Ph.D. levels. He described his time in Japan as a life-changing expertise.

He stated that the authenticity of the expertise in Japan got here from its cultural distinction from Saudi Arabia, which had an influence on his research, work and private life.

The Kingdom supplies hundreds of scholarships for Saudi college students throughout many locations around the globe.

Al-Maddah stated that Saudis are often conversant in the life-style of different nations corresponding to America and Europe. “There’s a widespread way of life ultimately,” Al-Maddah advised Arab Information. “We’re acquainted with their lives via the media, cinema, and different sources — that’s why we don’t often really feel the large shift in our lives — in contrast to Japan, the place every part is totally different —the language, way of life, public morals, social habits, working type and well being system.”

Al-Maddah acquired his grasp’s and Ph.D. in clever techniques engineering from Osaka College, Japan, whereas he acquired his bachelor’s diploma in electrical, electronics and communications engineering from King Abdulaziz College.

In recognition of his analysis efforts and worldwide participation in robotics and engineering sciences, in 2008 Al-Maddha was awarded a scholarship by the Japanese authorities to finish his graduate research in Japan.

Saudi college students in Japan. (Provided photograph)

“I had a eager curiosity in robotics and synthetic intelligence, and I used to take part in worldwide robotics competitions,” he stated.

Al-Maddha stated that he was provided research grants from a number of nations, however he determined to go to Japan as a result of it’s a world-leading nation in robotics.

He was accepted by eight Japanese universities earlier than he selected to go to Osaka College.

Expertise outcomes

“This large distinction was advantageous to me when it comes to language studying and made me uncover different elements of my character that I might not have been capable of uncover with out this expertise.”

Throughout his keep in Japan, Al-Maddah grew as an individual and developed problem-solving administration expertise. He additionally developed a more healthy way of life whereas having his expertise and information sharpened.

Dealing with life in Japan was a problem for Al-Maddah; nevertheless, it gave him helpful life classes. “The problem that language and cultural variations imposed on me was a purpose and motivation for me to deal easily with any future drawback that I’ll face in my every day life. It earned me the power to adapt to modifications and be all the time capable of finding options,” he stated.

After shifting to a brand new nation, adapting to its way of life and incomes a grasp’s and doctorate diploma, Al-Maddah stated any problem wouldn’t be an issue. “There are not any extra unmanageable issues in my life,” he stated.

Coping with the language barrier

It took him solely six months to study the Japanese language and be capable of start his greater schooling. “Japanese individuals don’t converse English in any respect, particularly in the course of the time I used to be in Japan, in order college students we had no selection however to cope with others of their language. Even with academics, even language educating was in Japanese itself.”

“Every little thing new we learnt we used it instantly as quickly as we left the classroom. This was an excellent benefit when it comes to language studying.”

Al-Maddah had prior information of Japanese tradition by way of anime and films, so he had a variety of vocabulary and expressions saved in his reminiscence, “which made it straightforward to retrieve as quickly as I heard them.”

One other benefit of the Japanese language is that it isn’t troublesome, he stated. “There isn’t a distinction between the spoken and the written language. What makes it even simpler is that it was a brand new language system to me. I didn’t need to construct on or retrieve from earlier information. It was simpler than studying French.”

Starting the journey

“Throughout our orientation day on the college, I requested my supervisor concerning the working hours, and he gave me a response that really summed up life in Japan for me.”

His supervisor stated to him: “We’re in Japan now, all of those individuals you see in entrance of you, you’ll spend 80 % of your time with them, we’re your loved ones in Japan. And me because the supervisor, I’m like the daddy, I need to concentrate on every thing you do.”

He continued: “I anticipate you to point out me the identical respect you give to your father at house and to respect your older colleagues as you do together with your older brothers. Furthermore, you must deal with your youthful colleagues as you do together with your youthful siblings. That is the best way we work and that is our system.”

Al-Maddah stated it was unusual to him at first, however later he found it was very reasonable recommendation that utilized to all features of life in Japan.

Cultural similarities and variations

Though Al-Maddah had work and coaching experiences in different nations, he felt a sentimental attachment to Japanese tradition. “I felt a way of belonging to my cultural origins whereas I used to be in Japan,” he stated.

Japanese individuals extremely respect public ethics, he stated. “If we return to the essence of those ethics, reminiscent of treating elders with respect and sustaining the cleanness of our environment, greeting everybody, respecting others privateness, abiding by speaking manners, we discover that they match our genuine customs in our tradition and faith.”

Nevertheless, Al-Maddah confronted problem in adapting to Japan’s strict set of social guidelines.

Because of the Japanese habit to work and the character of their way of life, which impacts the best way they react and cope with others, Al-Maddah skilled a way of separation and loneliness whereas being amongst plenty of individuals.

“For instance, as Arabs, we love chatting and humor, however Japanese individuals are fairly the other,” he stated.

“We share our considerations or complaints concerning the day by day hustle and bustle with others, even with these whom we might have simply met; it’s socially acceptable.”

For the Japanese, it’s totally different, even amongst buddies. Every relationship has strict boundaries that can’t be crossed. “The character of their work makes them reluctant to chit chat and have numerous day by day actions.”

In response to Al-Maddah, the barrier between the scholar and the society shouldn’t be the language, however the totally different way of life. College students uncover that what is predicted from others is totally different due to cultural variations. “Emotional interplay is totally different amongst Japanese individuals, and so is their expectations of relationships.”

“This barrier might be crossed, however it doesn’t attain the type of relations we’ve got in our Arab tradition,” he stated.

One other facet that distinguished his expertise in Japan was nature. “Dwelling in Japan means experiencing all of the seasons with their full magnificence and pure circumstances.”

“Pure variety was a singular expertise in all its elements, in addition to its affiliation with reminiscences and tales.”

Nicely-rounded skilled expertise

“Initially of my research, we used to work on tasks with a price range of tens of millions in partnership with giant corporations similar to Toyota, Honda and others.”

“Working in an built-in system and realizing and testing my talents, plus utilizing them, was probably the most superb issues that Japan gave me.”

He stated that the work setting belief within the scholar gave him the prospect to see how far he might go.

Al-Maddah returned to Saudi Arabia with a well-rounded skilled expertise that opened up many doorways. He labored at a number of private and non-private establishments together with King Abdullah Petroleum Research and Analysis Middle, Saudi Analysis and Publishing firm, and Misk Basis.

He presently works as a college professor and through his present place was loaned to a number of establishments, the newest one being the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

The Japanese fashion of labor gave Al-Maddah a big benefit and distinguished him from his friends.

“Japan has its personal faculty in enterprise administration and business, which is sort of totally different from the European and American faculties,” he stated.

“I feel that the totally different factor that I’ve discovered by means of the positions during which I labored in Japan is just not associated to the diploma itself as a lot because it pertains to the varsity from which I got here.”

Al-Maddah got here from a faculty that handled information and tasks in a different way, which is a brand new work mannequin out there. “We’d like this variety in skilled backgrounds and experiences within the Kingdom,” he stated.

Al-Maddah’s prior work expertise in Saudi Arabia and his familiarity with the American and European work techniques added to his broad expertise.

“Difficulties will all the time exist, however innovation and improvement are what the nation is in search of as said within the Imaginative and prescient 2030, which goals to seek for the most effective wherever it’s and convey it to the Kingdom.”

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