SOAS University of London

SOAS alumnus wins Japanese speech contest at 25th Sir Peter Parker Awards

13 February 2015

SOAS alumnus Min Jeong from South Korea was awarded First Prize at this year’s Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese.

Min Jeong graduated from SOAS last year with an MSc in International Management (Japan) and Advanced Japanese for Business. His speech, delivered before a panel of judges and a host of attendees in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, was titled Proposed Global Changes to Japanese Companies 'Middle Management Hiring Strategy'.

In addition to the coveted Winners’ Cup, Jeong was also presented with a special 25th anniversary plate, a premium economy return air ticket to Japan donated by Japan airlines, £1,000 cash and a Japan railway pass for use on the countries renowned Shinkansen (Bullet train).

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Mr Min Jeong (centre left) with the other finalists

Senior Teaching Fellow Ms Yoshiko Jones, DEFIMS, said: “All eight finalists were excellent; however, the structure of Min’s speech was truly outstanding. When Min arrived last year at SOAS he came with already well-honed language skills and he has refined them over the course of his MSc and since leaving the School. On the night of the awards, he frequently mentioned how integral to his development his time at SOAS had been. It was a fitting win for such an important year of the awards”

Dedicated to the memory of the late Sir Peter Parker, the purpose of the awards is to deepen the understanding of Japanese business culture through study of the Japanese language, and to contribute to goodwill and mutual understanding with the people of Japan through better communication. This year was a special one for the awards as they were celebrating their 25th anniversary.

SOAS Director Paul Webley was in attendance along with several other notable guests including H.E.Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom; Sir David Warren, Chairman, Japan Society and former British Ambassador to Japan 2008-2012; and Sir Alan Parker, Chairman, Brunswick Group LLP.

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Sir David Warren, Chairman, Japan Society; H.E.Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom; and SOAS Director Paul Webley

The event was followed by a reception in the Brunei Gallery which included authentic Japanese sake.

For more information about the Sir Peter Parker Awards and past winners, visit SOAS’ website.

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Guests were treated to Japanese sake at the Reception