Tokyo Tech News
CAMPUS Asia Summer Program was held from July to September 2017 to provide students from leading research universities in Asia, Europe, and the US with opportunities to experience education and research at Tokyo Tech.
This four-week program offered 18 participants intensive courses, which included Environment & Energy, Engineering Design, Communicating Science and Engineering in Society, and Modern Japanese Architecture. Participants also took part in Survival Japanese, an introductory language course for summer program students.
Site visits conducted as part of the Environment & Energy course introduced students to cutting-edge Japanese technologies in the areas of waste management and power generation. At the Kawasaki Thermal Power Station, students observed technologies used in combined-cycle power generation. A visit to the Tsurumi Plant in Yokohama featured a facility tour and explanation of integrated solid-waste management strategies and renewable energy technologies employed by Yokohama City. In addition, students had the opportunity to visit RIKEN, Japan's largest comprehensive research institution with branches throughout the country. This year, students visited the Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science and the Nanoscience Joint Laboratory.
On July 18, students from Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology joined the Communicating Science and Engineering in Society class. Participants tested their leadership and inter-cultural communication skills as they engaged high school students in English language-based discussions on green energy and sustainability. As part of the class, Professor Bo Meng from Tsinghua University gave a talk titled "Strategic Communication - 21st Century Skills" after which students shared ideas and practiced how to communicate more effectively.
This ten-week session provided five CAMPUS Asia participants with opportunities to pursue individual summer research projects under the guidance of Tokyo Tech faculty members. Students conducted research projects on environmental application of photochemistry, information visualization and social network analysis, and semiconductor devices, among others.
For those interested in supplementing their research, an introductory-level language course, site visits, and a course on 21st Century Skills and Communicating Science and Engineering in Society were also offered.
On September 8, the final day of the Research-Oriented Program, participants shared thought-provoking presentations on their summer research projects and enthusiastically discussed their experiences at Tokyo Tech.
Both the Course-Oriented and Research-Oriented Programs provided a variety of activities focusing on Japanese culture. These cultural and social activities, organized with Japanese and international students at the Institute, offered opportunities for participants to integrate with local students outside of research labs and classrooms.