Summer School Opened at the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences
The summer school was attended by a total of 91 students, including 81 students participating in the Campus Asia Program (35 students from Kyushu University, 18 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and 28 from Pusan National University) and 10 students invited from five partner universities (Mahidol University, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indian Institutes of Technology, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology and University of Dhaka) under the Global Strategy for Green Asia, which was adopted under the Advanced Graduate Program for FY2012 of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The students completed two subject courses and seminars related to energy and environmental engineering. This was intended to further expand and enhance the Campus Asian Program, and it produced very useful results for global education by bringing together students from various Asian countries.
Study subjects were divided into basic and applications subjects and lectures were given by lecturers dispatched from the universities based on prepared textbooks. First-year master-course students and undergraduates totaling 69 people were assigned to 15 research offices of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, which hosted the program, to participate in experiments and seminars. On the last day of the summer school, the students made presentations about their study achievements in English. Second-year master-course students were given an opportunity to make presentations and hold discussions about themes related to individual students’ master’s theses. Moreover, in order to make the students’ exchange more effective, joint lectures were given at the Kuju Joint Training Center, and as a seminar activity, the students visited the Hacchobaru geothermal power plant and Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation’s Oita steelworks.
The students actively participated in the lessons and seminars amid the busy schedule, not only studying their areas of specialty but also learning about energy and environmental engineering science from the global perspective. They also deepened their relationship with students from various countries. In addition, the program gave the students opportunities to reflect on how they should engage in their studies and research activities and strengthened their motivation to improve their English-speaking skills and work harder in future studies and research activities.
Under the Campus Asia Program as a whole, we will seek to produce fruitful results by taking advantage of the successful results of the summer school and organizing student exchanges and seminars.