International Education Support Center for Engineering, Kyushu University

2018 NEEP

The 2nd New Enhanced Education Program young faculty visit to the University of Queensland

The Faculty of Engineering at Kyushu University in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture, has been supported by the two-year New Enhanced Education Program (NEEP) since 2018, and has conducted overseas training for young teachers at the University of Queensland, Australia. Taking place on the St. Lucia campus in 2019, faculty members from the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Engineering spent 5 days from the 16th to 20th of September at the University of Queensland. Continuing from last year, the purpose of this training was to help faculty learn how to teach STEM subjects interactively in English, and to learn about the latest teaching methods such as blended learning using ICT at the University of Queensland.

On the first day of the program, a workshop was held by UQ Mechanical and Mining Engineering faculty and hosted by the UQ-KU Project (University of Queensland-Kyushu University Research and Education Exchange; coordinator: Prof. Kazuhiro Nokita). Discussion between university teachers took place.

In the afternoon of each day, interactive lectures in English were conducted with the cooperation of the Institute for Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE) and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI). Intensive training was held.

During this training, two other lecture tours in the morning and a workshop entitled “A Blended Approach to Teaching and Learning” was held by staff of ITaLI.

On the last day, all participating faculty members conducted a micro-teaching model lecture, utilising what they had learned in the training, and then a certificate of completion was presented by Dr. Fiona Wiebusch; the senior teacher in charge of the curriculum. This was followed by a small party to celebrate completion.

Although it was a short five-day training, in a limited amount of time the faculty were able to learn many techniques for conducting interactive classes in English. According to the questionnaire after returning to Japan, they were very satisfied with the training content, and many respondents wanted to use what they learned immediately after returning to class the following semester at KU.

The 1st New Enhanced Education Program young faculty visit to the University of Queensland

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.