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Five People from China's Northeast Normal University Visit the Tokyo University of Science Through the JST's "Sakura Science Plan"--Joint Research Activities on Photocatalysis Implemented

2016.10.11 Tuesday


For three weeks from August 28 to September 17, one faculty member, one postdoctoral researcher, two graduate students, and one undergraduate student from China's Northeast Normal University stayed and conducted joint research at the Photocatalysis International Research Center at the Noda Campus through support from the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science ("Sakura Science Plan") organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

As a "joint research activity course," the objective of this invitational program was to have participants acquire basic knowledge and skills, and understand the applicable scope of photocatalysis through conducting joint research on photocatalysis, which is one of the scientific technologies founded in Japan that it boasts to the world. The aim of this program is to also have the participants come in contact with Japan's cutting-edge scientific technology and culture, and have them realize the splendor of this technology and culture.

After touring the Photocatalysis International Research Center on the first day, each of the visiting students cooperated with students from the Center starting the following day to make active approaches toward research activities. During the program duration, an opportunity to have a discussion with President Fujishima was made, in which the students enthusiastically explained the research results that they obtained at the Center.
Professor Zhang and Dr. Wang also held special lectures. The lecture venue, which was full with attendees who wanted to learn about the lecturers' cutting-edge research results, was filled with excitement. An opportunity was also made for graduate students of the Center to introduce their research contents to the lecturers in English, and in turn the students received valuable opinions from Professor Zhang and Dr. Wang.

The students also toured the Kagurazaka Campus, and in addition to visiting the Mathematical Experience Plaza and the Museum of Science, they also had the opportunity on the weekends to visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum, Senso-ji Temple, and Tokyo Skytree, and were able to learn about the scientific technology and culture of Japan.

Being able to have exchanges through this exchange program with distinguished students from China who are able to adapt to a new environment in a short period of time and produce results by eagerly challenging themselves to research proved to be a great stimulation.
Since this invitational program is a multi-year plan up until AY2018, it has served as a foundation for building up continuous exchange among universities.
The Tokyo University of Science is deeply appreciative of the JST's Sakura Science Plan, which has created such an opportunity.