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Taiwan Tech Organizes Summer Program for Japanese University Students to Experience Industry 4.0
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Taiwan Tech organized a two-week summer program, inviting students from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Tokushima University, Osaka Institute of Technology and Shizuoka University to attend classes with Taiwan Tech students. Courses were taught by Taiwan Tech professors from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Industrial Management, and Department of Design. In addition to on-site visits to Taiwan Tech’s Industry 4.0 Center, business visits and internships were also organized to strengthen academic and university-industry collaboration between Taiwan and Japan.
The summer program attracted a total of 33 Japanese students to come to Taiwan, including 11 from Tokyo Institute of Technology, 16 from Tokushima University, 1 from Osaka University of Technology and 5 from Shizuoka University. Over 10 Taiwan Tech students also participated. The courses ranged widely from Industry 4.0, intelligence and color technology to fuel cells, interdisciplinary materials, mechanics, industrial management and other fields.
In addition to attending classes on campus, the program also arranged for students to visit Fair Friend Group and Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd. At the end of the summer program, 9 students from Tokushima University continued their stay in Taiwan to serve an internship in either the Taiwan Textile Research Institute or the Li & Cai Intellectual Property Office for about two weeks, to experience the workplace culture in Taiwan.
President of Taiwan Tech Liao Ching-Jong stated that the collaboration between Taiwan Tech and Japan's top universities has become increasingly close. In addition to taking the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences in class with the Japanese students, the Taiwan Tech students were able to improve their English skills in an all-English teaching environment and, most importantly, learn how to work with team members from another country on problem solving.
Dean of the School of Engineering at Tokyo Tech Nobuyuki Iwatsuki, along with Dean of the School of Environment and Society Kikuo Kishimoto, made a special trip to Taiwan to attend the summer program opening ceremony. Dean Nobuyuki said that his mother was born in Taiwan, and this trip marked his 12th visit to Taiwan. He also mentioned that when the 311 Earthquake struck Japan, Taiwanese people provided Japan with generous monetary support and relief materials. He hoped that by means of this exchange opportunity, Japanese students could learn more about engineering, about the differences between Taiwanese and Japanese engineers, and about Taiwan's culture and history.
One student from Tokyo Tech said that most of the professors teach in Japanese in Tokyo Tech, and that this was the first time he attended classes taught entirely in English. Despite such language challenges, he overcame them gradually and improved his English ability at the same time. To him, the most impressive experience during the summer school was the visit to the Industry 4.0 Center, where the Industry 4.0 production line proved to be an eye-opener. He said that this is his third visit to Taiwan and that he would like to see more of the country. Apart from going to Jiufen and other places with Taiwan Tech students, he also planned to travel alone to Taichung and Kaohsiung after the completion of the courses.
A student from Tokushima University came to Taiwan for the first time this summer. After attending classes with Taiwan Tech students, he noticed that Taiwanese students dared to express their ideas and have a positive learning attitude. Also, Taiwan Tech students showed hospitality by taking him to set off sky lanterns, visit Taipei 101, taste Din Tai Fung dumplings and so on. He likes Taiwan very much and has made several Taiwanese friends. In addition to attending classes, this student also hoped to observe and learn more about Taiwan's workplace environment. While working on his English proficiency, he also wished to learn more about Taiwanese people. Therefore, he decided to stay in Taiwan for an extra two weeks and take an internship at the end of the courses to obtain overseas work experience.
Xu Ting-Yan, a senior student in Taiwan's Tech's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, said that when talking with Japanese team members he noticed students from both countries think very differently. For example, when working together to build modular smart homes with building blocks, Japanese students first thought of how to conserve space, while Taiwanese students gave priority to convenience. Different ideas and logical thinking made their discussions even more interesting.
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