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SOAS students win top prizes at Japanese Speech Contest

14 March 2017

SOAS University of London students took the top prizes at this year’s Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, securing first and second prize in the Speech Category.

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Prizewinning SOAS students: (from the left​) Jiashun Li, Giordano Epifani, Robin Reh

In its 12th year, the annual contest aims to improve the speaking and presentation skills of students studying Japanese as a foreign language at universities in the UK and Ireland. It is sponsored by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and The Japan Foundation London.

SOAS students Giordano Epifani , studying International Management , and Robin Reh, studying Japanese and Politics, won first and second place in the​ 'Speech' category. In addition, Jiashun Li was runner up in the Individual Presentation Category.

An audience of 200 people attended the contest, including prominent figures from UK-based Japanese companies and organisations in the field of Japan-UK relations. The contest received 88 applications from 18 universities.

Learn more about studying Japanese at SOAS.