This Wednesday afternoon, Opera Tokyo office did a presentation for 60 students and two professors from the NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NTNU
niversitet) at the Norwegian embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
The students are in the third year their studies to get a Master of Technology within Computer Science. They have not yet decided in which field of computer science we want to specialize, as this is chosen after finishing the third year which they are in now.
Before the decision making, they have an excursion to travel abroad which is a part of the Master's degree program at NTNU. It is a tradition that the Computer Science students themselves get to choose where to go, and this is the second year in a row that Tokyo and Japan is chosen as destination for the excursion.
The purpose of the visit was for them to get new technological impulses and visiting companies leading the development of new computer systems and solutions. They also hope to learn about, and get to understand, a culture that in many ways is different from their own. It is also a goal to motivate the students and raise the spirits before they go into the last part of the study.
Opera Software in Tokyo was then asked to give them a presentation during their stay here to learn more about why Opera as such a small Norwegian software company have been able to succeed in the Japanese market, far away from Norway.
First on the agenda was a speech by Brent Mori (Japan office Manager), about the business cases and the local market conditions. Then there was a presentation about the technical advantages in addition to coming new features by Andreas Bovens (Web Evangelist). Last, one of the Norwegians working in Opera Japan did a presentation on how it is to be living and working in Tokyo and Japan.
For photos you can check the link below:http://my.opera.com/chooseopera-Japan/albums/show.dml?id=489509
We were really impressed the students' good manners and genuine interest in our presentation. That being said, we actually have more than 10 colleagues in Opera who graduated from NTNU. Meeting these students reminded us why the Opera staff who graduated from NTNU are such excellent co-workers.
Anyway, we are always happy to meet prospective computer scientists and software developers. Please feel free to contact us if you'd like to have such a lecture for students. We will do our best to arrange it.
( Ciao! in Japanese )