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11 People from China's Kunming University of Science and Technology Visit the Tokyo University of Science through the JST's Sakura Science Plan
Based on support from the JST's Sakura Science Plan, 10 students and one supervising faculty member from Kunming University of Science and Technology in China visited the Tokyo University of Science from Wednesday, November 16 to Wednesday, November 23 and participated in a science and technology exchange program.
Although it was a short week, in order to have the students learn the climate, culture, and industrial technology of Japan, as well as the university research and research activities in Japan that support these elements, the program consisted of a tour of the Photocatalysis International Research Center within TUS, mini internships at research laboratories in the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology, and town development studies and homestays in Obuse Town, Nagano Prefecture. In addition, the visitors also toured the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) and the Tomioka Silk Mill, which is a World Heritage Site. They also participated in three Japanese classes by Professor Shigeru Saito of the Reitaku University Japanese Language Center, a class on "Comparisons between Japanese and Chinese Culture" held in Chinese by Professor Akimasa Kawano of Meiji University, and a special class on "Japan-China Science Cooperation & Japan's Science and Technology Diplomacy" in English by Professor Atsushi Sunami, who is the Vice President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. The students also partook in a kendo performance and experience by kendo masters Hiro Ozawa and Itaru Ninomiya, a lecture on the history of traditional Japanese art and a demonstration experience of the shamisen by Professor Maya Yamao, who is a musical instrumentalist. This extremely enriched plan was well-received by the visitors.
This exchange program did not stop only at having Chinese students learn the culture and scientific technology of Japan. Nearly 60 faculty members and students participated in the student exchange meeting, and as marked by thriving multilingual communication in English, Chinese, and Japanese, this program is considered as having been an extremely meaningful opportunity, providing the students of TUS with great motivation. The Tokyo University of Science is appreciative of JST, which has created such an opportunity, as well as of everyone who cooperated in this program.