Next Enhanced Education Program
From September the 17th to the 21st, 2018, the first New English Education Program conducted its first overseas training program for young academics at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia at the St. Lucia campus. A total of 12 academics took part, from the School of Agriculture (4) and School of Engineering (8).
The aim of the training was to master English-language interactive teaching of STEM subjects and learn more about the latest teaching techniques in use at the University of Queensland. This included lectures and hands-on experience of blended classrooms utilising information technology and other cutting-edge educational methods. The program was supported by the UQ-KU project (the University of Queensland – Kyushu University research and education exchange program; co-ordinator: Prof. Kazuhiro Nogita), the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE) and Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI). With this support the academics were able to experience high-quality training.
On the first day at UQ there was a welcome party at the school of mechanical & mining engineering, then every afternoon there were intensive classes on two-way communication style teaching. During the mornings visits to view two lectures at UQ were arranged, as well as a workshop from ITaLI faculty entitled "A blended approach to teaching and learning" and other demonstrations about cutting-edge e-learning methodologies from the Centre for eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE). On the final day all 12 academics were given the opportunity to demonstrate what they had learned by conducting a demonstration lesson.
Other areas of education training ongoing in partnership with the University of Queensland include the Q2PEC program, running since 2015, where Japanese students have the opportunity to stay at UQ for English-language training, and the University of Queensland-Japan Program for Industry Experience (UQ-JPIE), where UQ students visit Kyushu University and nearby industry, providing a wide range of opportunities for international exchange.