Tokyo Tech News
The Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (TAIST)-Tokyo Tech Student Exchange Program in Japan 2017 marked the third year for TAIST students' participation in research programs at Tokyo Tech. This year, six TAIST students joined, spending over two months at the Institute from the end of September.
This exchange program mainly aims to enable TAIST students to engage in their own research in collaboration with Tokyo Tech students. The program also includes lab tours by professors involved in the TAIST program, campus and factory tours, and weekend activities. This year, the students visited the Chiba plant of Toyo Glass Co., Ltd. to get a close-up of the glass manufacturing process. Many students were surprised to learn that the process is almost entirely automated, with only a few people managing the plant.
On the final day of the program, the students made presentations on their research to an audience comprised of their academic supervisors, Tokyo Tech lab members, and professors involved in the TAIST program. The many questions from the audience and active discussions with attendees allowed the students to heighten awareness of problems to be solved in the future, and provided an additional incentive for them to continue with their research in their home country. At a farewell gathering following the session, students and faculty members involved in the program reflected on their two months together, encouraging each other to continue with their work.
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After graduation, TAIST students will go to the next stage of their lives - some will start a new job, while others will enroll in a doctoral course. It is expected that TAIST students will play an important role in the world, making use of the experiences gained during this program.
TAIST-Tokyo Tech, the first Thailand Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, was established in collaboration with Tokyo Tech, NSTDA, and leading Thai universities in 2007 at the request of the Thai government. It aims to form a hub for research and development in Asia and produce talented, technically innovative individuals who can solve problems caused by rapid industrialization and contribute to sustainable development.