Kyushu University welcomed 20 University of Queensland (UQ) students here to the Department of Engineering on the 2-week University of Queensland Japan Program for Industrial Experience, UQ-JPIE from the 2nd of July.
UQ-JPIE is supported by the New Colombo Plan of the Australian government. This program is designed to give 20 of tomorrow’s scientists and engineers from UQ the opportunity to acquire first-hand experience of world-leading Japanese industry and supporting research in engineering, science and technology conducted at the Faculty of Engineering at Kyushu University.
The opening ceremony was held on Monday 2nd of July with distinguished guests included Mr. Ian Brazier, Australian Consulate-General in Fukuoka.
This year, the participating students were able to attend lectures and visit representative industries in Kyushu, covering a wide range of engineering fields despite poor weather.
The participants of the 2018 UQ-JPIE program had the opportunity to meet students from another program called 2018 Q2PEC program. Q2PEC program is a short-term study abroad program at University of Queensland for engineering students of Kyushu University. Both student exchange programs aim to facilitate exchange of research and education expertise, and this special meeting was a great opportunity to build the bond between our two universities.
The students were able to gain a sense of the current status of Japanese engineering technology and the history of its development, as well as learning about Japanese business culture.