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Doctoral candidates explore their ambitions during GTI program

Nagoya University in Japan sent 9 doctoral candidates to Raleigh for its annual Ambition Camp at North Carolina State University. The program helped the students develop skills that would benefit them professionally and personally.

The 2-week program kicked off with a Ropes Course Challenge with NC State's Outdoor Adventures. TED Speaker Melissa Marshall also conducted a workshop that helped the students put together more effective presentations.

Nagoya students at the Belltower
Winners of the 1st Triangle Amazing Race

The Nagoya University students came from different fields of study, ranging from medicine to law as well as education and sociology. The program also provided them with very diverse experiences. Participants met with NC State professors and Triangle organizations such as IntraHealth International, the Alliance Medical Ministry, and Stop Hunger Now. They also met with students and leaders from the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, the Entrepreneurship Initiative's Garage, and toured the impressive James B. Hunt Library.

Part of the Ambition Camp also included a community service event with the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, NC. Nagoya University's students, faculty, and staff members rolled up their sleeves to help dig trenches for a new compound that will house a cougar. After a few hours of hard work, everyone got a chance to tour the facility and see the wild cats living at the facility.

In addition to exploring the Triangle, students also traveled to Washington D.C. during the program and met with key legislative and diplomatic officials as well as visited the U.S. Capitol.

The program culminated with the inaugural Triangle Amazing Race, which separated the students into three teams who had to solve clues and travel to various Triangle landmarks and reach the final destination in order to win.

Click here to see a short video about the two-week program.

Below are more pictures from the Nagoya University's NC Ambition Camp at NC State:

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Wolf! Pack!

Workshop with TED speaker Melissa Marshall

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Site visit with a local Triangle organization

Weekend trip to Washington D.C.

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Helping the Carolina Tiger Rescue

Time to say goodbye at the final banquet