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9 Students from China, the Philippines, and Vietnam visit the Tokyo University of Science through the Sakura Science Plan hosted by JST

2016.08.29 Monday

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Through support from the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Science Plan) organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency, a total of 9 students, consisting of 3 students each from Zhejiang University (China), Iligan Institute of Technology (Philippines), and Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam), were welcomed in the Umemura Research Group on the Kagurazaka Campus from August 2 to 11, 2016. This year marks the third year in a row that TUS invited Zhejiang University, following prior invitations in AY2014 and AY2015, and it has already been decided that this exchange will continue through AY2018. The contents of exchange during the students' stay are becoming more enriched every year. In addition to the activities that have been held up to the previous year, such as joint experiments within TUS, collection of microorganisms at the coast, visit to a venture company (Opus Corp. (President Takashi Suzuki)) managed by a TUS alumni, visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, and participation in the TUS Open Campus, an explanatory meeting on studying abroad and mini-presentations on each person's research themes were also held. Among the students who were invited, there were some who voiced that they want to advance to a doctorate program in the research group that they visited during Open Campus.

At the explanatory meeting on studying abroad, practical explanations were provided according to several different patterns, such as coming to Japan as a student, coming to Japan as a researcher after obtaining a doctorate, working at a Japanese company, etc. Explanations were adapted to the problems that actually arise, such as in cases where Japanese proficiency is necessary depending on the reason why one comes to Japan, cases where it is sufficient to only have English ability, fees, etc. An explanatory meeting was held because these topics would be difficult to understand just by looking at explanations on the Internet; the meeting was well-received, and contributed to studying abroad in Japan becoming more realistic for students.

In addition to the above, welcome and farewell parties were held outside of the university, and the students also organized their own dinner parties independently. This was the first year that the students arranged such events on their own, and the students at TUS, who had felt reserved because of insecurities stemming from the difference in languages, came to be more actively involved in the third year of this program.

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At the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
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Collecting microorganisms
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Visiting Opus Corp.
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Visiting Opus Corp.

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