Tokyo Tech News
TiROP, Tokyo Institute of Technology International Research Opportunities Program, is a joint educational and research exchange program funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's (MEXT's) funding scheme, the Re-Inventing Japan Project, to promote international exchanges with leading sci-tech universities in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. As part of the program, eight Tokyo Tech undergraduates, 3rd- and 4th-year students, visited MIT and Brown University from February 25 through March 6, 2014.
This short visit is viewed as preparation for a longer study abroad experience in the future. These undergraduates received a glimpse of what student life and research are like at two of Tokyo Tech's US partner universities. An inaugural visit took place last year and the 2014 student trip marks the second time such a trip was conducted. Participating students visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brown University. They toured laboratories, attended lectures, visited a Japanese language class and exchanged opinions with local students.
The feedback from participating students was very positive. “The atmosphere at both universities was vibrant, and I was impressed with the students' active contributions in class and enthusiasm for their studies." Another student commented that, "Study abroad has been a distant dream, but it seems more feasible now after seeing what life is like at a US university on this trip. I am going to take the necessary steps to study abroad.”
During this eight-day trip, the Tokyo Tech students absorbed many things. They learned about the differences between Japanese and US universities and laboratories through exchanges with local and international students at both MIT and Brown University. They are expected to take the next step of joining a long-term study abroad program in the near future.
MIT laboratory visit
Group shot at MIT
Tokyo Tech students at Brown University
Exchanging opinions with Brown University students