International • Student life • 05.05.23
Ms2 students head for Asia
After Africa and America, we headed to Asia for an ultra-enriching trip rich in cultural discovery. Our Ms2 students immersed themselves in a whole new culture in two exciting cities. Between ancient traditions and dynamic cities, discover the learning expedition in Tokyo and Seoul.
Discover Asia’s business culture
During their trip to Tokyo, Japan, the students were able to gain an insight into the local economy. Combining ultra-modern and traditional styles, they discovered all the facets of the Japanese city. Starting with an exchange with Nicolas Bonnardel, General Manager of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. The Ms2s were able to ask all their questions about the world of entrepreneurship and learn more about the local business culture. These topics were also discussed with Frédéric Nouel, a French entrepreneur in Japan in the fields of Tech, Game and Ed Tech.
In Seoul, South Korea, the students also discovered a different way of working and a different work culture. Between exchanges with Olivier Mouroux, CEO of Asiance, Cedric Chane Ching, CEO of Aptero, and David Pierre Jalicon, during a conference on the Korean market. They were able to immerse themselves in the Korean market, discovering its facets and complexities. The French Tech Connect conference on Chat GPT, confronted learners with new and growing technologies, such as artificial intelligence, which is becoming increasingly important in the world of work.
Time for Gaming
Playing an important role in the lives of millions of people, video games offer unique entertainment experiences and a way of connecting with people from all over the world. The students also had the chance to immerse themselves in this world. In particular, they discovered Keywords studio (offering services in the video game industry), and its Country Manager Japan: Guillaume Hansali. In Seoul, they had the chance to watch an e-sport match on the game Valorant: an opportunity for them to appreciate the growing impact of video games and the world of e-sport.
Back to tradition
After discovering the modernity of the cities of Tokyo and Seoul, the students were introduced to the ancient traditions and cultures of the cities. They were impressed by Gyeongbokgung Palace, located north of the huge Gwanghwamun Square. South Korea’s historic palace, it was built in 1395 and was the main palace of the Joseon dynasty for over 500 years. It was an unforgettable experience, offering a fascinating insight into Korean history and culture.
To fully immerse themselves in Japanese history, the students took part in an initiation to samurai arts. This practice combines combat techniques with philosophical and spiritual teachings. During this initiation course, students were introduced to basic techniques such as sword handling, posture and breathing. They also learned the importance of concentration and self-control, essential values for samurai. This experience enabled them to step out of their comfort zone and develop their self-confidence.
Finally, the Ms2s also explored a historic campus in Seoul. Focusing on women’s education for over 130 years, Sungshin Women’s University is typical of Korean schooling.
Between virtual and reality
The students immersed themselves in a world where the boundary between the real and the virtual remains blurred. TeamLab Inc’s immersive exhibition in Tokyo provided them with a unique artistic experience. Throughout the visit, they discovered a digital and interactive world where nature and technology meet.
The trip was full of discoveries, both on a professional and cultural level, and the students will treasure their memories of this Learning Expedition. So if you’d like to immerse yourself in their travels, I’ll leave you with the images below, and hope it’s you who takes part in this trip next year.