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TU Delft honors student delegation visits Tokyo Tech Engineering Schools

August 9, 2017

TU Delft students with Tokyo Tech professors in front of Main Building
TU Delft students with Tokyo Tech professors in front of Main Building

Twenty honors students from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, a popular destination for outbound exchange students from Tokyo Tech, visited the Institute on July 13 to hold a panel discussion led by Dean Nobuyuki Iwatsuki of the School of Engineering and Dean Yuji Wada of the School of Material and Chemical Technology.

The delegation, consisting of students in the top five percent of TU Delft, was in Japan to visit prestigious institutes and leading companies while aiming to gain more knowledge and experience in fields related to science and engineering. Tokyo Tech's Engineering Schools were on their list of desired stops.

The program for the day was arranged and emceed by Professor Junko Morikawa of the Department of Material Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology.

Prof. Morikawa moderating the program
Prof. Morikawa moderating the program

Dean Iwatsuki introducing School of Engineering

Dean Iwatsuki introducing School of Engineering

Dean Wada's presentation on School of Materials and Chemical Technology

Dean Wada's presentation on School of Materials and Chemical Technology

After an introduction of Tokyo Tech and its Engineering Schools, various professors outlined the Institute's international exchange programs, activities of the Academy for Co-creative Education of Environment and Energy Science, the Cross-Border Entrepreneur Cultivation Program, and the International Graduate Program.

Once members of the student delegation had introduced themselves, it was time for a panel discussion. Students were divided into four groups, with each group being assigned a specific topic. Five students interviewed one or two Tokyo Tech faculty members on their topic, and then extended discussions based on these interviews. While revealing shared historical and cultural values, the vigorous debates clearly demonstrated the excellence and enthusiasm of the visiting TU Delft students.

Group
Topic
1
Interdisciplinary Systems Thinking
To what extent do Japanese technical universities and companies value the ability to apply interdisciplinary systems thinking in their engineering area(s) of expertise?
2
Intrapreneurship
Is intrapreneurship a better platform for entrepreneurial behavior compared with start-ups in the context of Japan?
3
Personal Leadership
What are the desired results of personal development according to Japanese companies and institutions?
4
Big data analysis
Do the skills provided by technical universities within the field of big data meet the demands of technical companies?

Having already visited WALK-MATE LAB, a company designated as a Tokyo Tech venture, on the morning of the day, the delegation concluded their Ookayama Campus visit with a tour of the library.

Library visit
Library visit

Before returning to the Netherlands, the busy group still planned to stop by Tokyo Tech's Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Tsukuba City, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Rakuten, Inc.

Group photo in front of the Main Bldg.
Group photo in front of the Main Bldg.

Attended faculty and student members on the day

  • Prof. Nobuyuki Iwatsuki (Dean, School of Engineering)
  • Prof. Yuji Wada (Dean, School of Materials and Chemical Technology)
  • Prof. Shigeki Nakagawa (Director, International Cooperation Office,Engineering Schools/ School of Engineering)
  • Prof. Mutsuko Hatano (Program coordinator, Academy for co-creative education of environment and energy science: ACEEES/ School of Engineering)
  • Prof. Kotaro Kajikawa (Member of Educational and Research Council/ School of Engineering)
  • Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Daniel Berrar (School of Engineering)
  • Asst. Prof. Jaehyun Park (Cross Border Entrepreneur Cultivating Program:CBEC/ School of Engineering)
  • Prof. Junko Morikawa (School of Materials and Chemical Technology)
  • Tomohito Naito (Technical Support Staff/ School of Environment and Society)
  • Arai Hidekazu (Masters' degree program student/ School of Engineering)