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The Tokyo Institute of Technology International Research Opportunities Program (TiROP） is comprised of inbound and outbound study abroad programs supported by the "Re-inventing Japan Project," a mobility scheme under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). It is a research-oriented program organized by Tokyo Tech and implemented in cooperation with 17 partner universities in the US, Europe, and Asia.
There are two types of outbound programs for Tokyo Tech students:
The TiROP Short Visit Program aims to motivate students to improve their English language ability and encourages them to participate in long-term study abroad programs in the future. It is recognized by the Global Scientists and Engineers Course, and students registered for the course receive credit for participating in the program and attending its orientations, preparatory study sessions, and debriefing session.
The September 2015 Short Visit Program will be based at Imperial College London (ICL) and includes visits to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. A study session in preparation for the trip was held for Tokyo Tech students on July 22.
The session kicked off with three special lectures.
During their visit to the UK, TiROP participants will get a tour of the production line at the MINI automobile plant located near Oxford. To set the stage for this, students visited the official MINI Ota Showroom situated just around the corner from Tokyo Tech's Ookayama Campus. Mr. Mitsuyuki Ami, the dealership manager, described the history and features of the MINI brand and offered the students a test drive of the vehicles.
Yuta Shimizu (3rd-year undergraduate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
During the first half session, we listened to a talk from Ms. Shimo, who is studying at Cambridge. Frankly speaking, I was amazed to hear her speaking English so fluently and clearly.
Next, we learned from Paulene about the environment at ICL and in London, and about the differences between ICL and Tokyo Tech. Hearing about the budget pubs in the dormitories left an impression on me.
The lecture by Professor Norton compared universities in the UK with Tokyo Tech and included some tips for us when studying abroad. He said it is important to give a self-introduction that captures people's interest. I realized I should really think about my self-introduction before going abroad.
During the latter session, we visited the MINI Ota Showroom. As I am fond of automobiles, it was fun to get a close look at the MINI. We were also given a full description of the history of the brand and the features of its products, which was fascinating. I learned that MINI customers can purchase various parts sold at the dealership to customize their cars and express their own uniqueness. I am very much looking forward to the Plant Oxford tour.