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Indonesian Student Association holds career seminar

April 19, 2017

The Tokyo Tech Indonesian Student Association hosted a career seminar on February 11, 2017 at Ookayama Campus. Aimed at students preparing to launch their professional career, the event was held in collaboration with Enjinia Nusantara (EN), one of Japan's Indonesian professional communities. In addition to featuring talks from members of EN and Tokyo Tech faculty, the seminar also functioned as a book launch event to celebrate the completion of Monozukuri, a publication written in Indonesian by members of EN that sheds light on how Japanese companies create and utilize corporate culture and constructive organizational behavior to achieve world-class products.

Group photo of participants
Group photo of participants

Tokyo Tech Associate Professor Yuriko Sato opened the event with a lecture about her research on international students and professionals in Japan, highlighting the importance of their role as bridges that connect the country with other nations. Sato also expressed appreciation for the professional behavior of Indonesian community members in Japan, who invariably display a strong passion for contributing to their home country.

Professor Yuriko Sato explaining her research on international students in Japan
Professor Yuriko Sato explaining her research on international students in Japan

Participants listening to presentation
Participants listening to presentation

Monozukuri written by members of Enjinia Nusantara
Monozukuri written by members of Enjinia Nusantara

EN's Dr. Farid Triawan, a Tokyo Tech lecturer and the chief editor of Monozukuri, gave the second talk. He briefly explained the contents of the book, describing how the Monozukuri* concept has influenced manufacturing industries in Japan. He emphasized that it is precisely this concept that has helped maintain the outstanding quality and global competitiveness of Japanese products. To supplement Triawan's talk, Indonesian professionals from EN with experience working in both Japan and Indonesia provided advice on how students can progressively develop their careers.

The enthusiastic participation of all those present was a clear indication of how Indonesian students at Tokyo Tech view career development. The Indonesian Student Association regularly organize events that aim to improve students' soft skills and develop their academic and professional interests. The Tokyo Tech Indonesian Commitment Award (TICA), for instance, is an annual competition that aims to encourage young Indonesian students to write scientific papers on their research.

Participants showing their copies
Participants showing their copies

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Monozukuri
The Japanese concept of manufacturing, making, or creating things.