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Eleven Students from Indonesia Visit the TUS Kagurazaka Campus through JST's Sakura Science Plan--Science and Technology Experience on Energy and Environmental Materials Implemented

2017.11.17 Friday

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For seven days from November 8 to 14, 11 undergraduate students and one supervising faculty member from the Islamic University of Indonesia visited the Tokyo University of Science's Kagurazaka Campus through support from the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science ("Sakura Science Plan") organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). As part of this program, they visited research labs and underwent science and technology experiences related to energy and the environment, such as on solar cell materials.

This marked the first time that students from the Islamic University of Indonesia, located in Yogyakarta, a city in the central Indonesia, were invited to TUS' Kagurazaka Campus. As a result, although the plan was based on trial-and-error, no major problems arose, and the invitees expressed that they had a good experience, with a few students even saying that they wanted to study abroad in Japan. The fact that the supervising faculty member from the Indonesian side obtained their PhD in Japan and was knowledgeable about Japan contributed to smooth implementation of the program.

Although the program centered on lectures and experiments in the Zhao Lab in the Department of Physics, the visitors also toured the Photovoltaic Science and Technology Research Division in the Research Institute for Science & Technology at TUS' Noda Campus. Furthermore, the students also visited the Kawasaki Eco Gurashi Mirai-kan located at the Ukishima Incineration Plant in Kawasaki City, a plant in Yokohama City with many solar cells, as well as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). The visitors seemed to show interest in actual solar cells, and there were even some who looked for unexpected places where solar cells were installed.

In addition, there was also an explanatory session on studying abroad and social mixers. At the explanatory session on studying abroad, the various programs recruiting students were introduced, and the competitiveness of the programs were also explained. Many of the students raised their hands and asked questions such as on how specifically to apply for the programs. At the social mixers, the visitors had Indian cuisine at the welcome party and seafood at the farewell party, due to dietary restrictions.

Plans for Japanese students to visit Indonesia this academic year have also been moving forward, and the Indonesian students' seven-day visit ended with talks about future exchange and joint research, such as creating opportunities for the Japanese side to visit Indonesia for academic conferences.

TUS deeply appreciates the JST's Sakura Science Plan, which has created such opportunities for exchange.


Explanatory session on studying abroad
 
Group photo at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

At the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
 
Visit to TUS' Photovoltaic Science and Technology Research Division

Social mixer
 
At the airport

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