International Education Support Center for Engineering, Kyushu University

2018 UQ-JPIE

UQ-JPIE(The University of Queensland-Japanese Program for Industry Experience) 2018


This was an intensive 2-week program supported by the New Colombo Plan of the Australian government and held in July 2018, designed to give selected Australian student engineers from the University of Queensland the opportunity to learn about the world-leading research and industries of Japan. During this program, 20 students attended seminars on cutting-edge engineering research at Kyushu University and conducted visits to leading Japanese industries, either based or with a large presence in the Kyushu area, such as TOYOTA MOTOR KYUSHU,Inc. and YASKAWA Electric Corporation. Furthermore, the students had the opportunity to study about Japanese Business Culture and become familiar with the Kyushu area in general.

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was held on Monday 2nd of July. Distinguished guests present included Mr. Ian Brazier, Australian Consul-General Fukuoka.

 (left) President of Kyushu University, Dr. Chiharu Kubo, gives a speech at the opening ceremony
(right) Australian Consul-General Fukuoka, Mr Ian Brazier, gives a speech at the opening ceremony

Prof. Sho Matsumura,Vice Dean, Faculty of Engineering  
Prof Yoshimi Sonoda,Vice Dean, Faculty of Engineering

UQ Students

Welcome Party

A small lunch-party held after the ceremony to welcome the students.

Prof Masato Wakayama,Executive Vice President, Kyushu University
Representative of UQ students and KU students
Representative of UQ students and KU students

At the Welcome party

Plenary Lecture

Australian Consul-General Fukuoka, Mr Ian Brazier lectured about the connection of Australian and Kyushu economics. UQ students had the opportunity to learn important background information about industry of the Kyushu area linked to Australia.

Lectured by Mr. Ian Brazier, Australian Consul-General Fukuoka

Industry pre-visit seminars

To prepare students for site visits, a series of 5 lectures from faculty specialist in relevant areas were given, such as a seminar about the Shipbuilding by Prof. Koji Gotoh. Here students were able to gain important background understanding to enable them to get the most out of their industrial visits.

Prof Hazarika Hemanta gave a lecture about the research of cascaded recycling of scrap tires.
Prof Koji Gotoh gave students an introduction to LNG carriers and hull construction, prior to the visit to the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

(left)Prof Ryo Kurazume gave a lecture on Robotics(right) Students had a lab tour with Assistant. Prof Tatsuya Morikawa

World-leading research at Kyushu University

To exemplify the world-leading research being carried out at the School and Faculty of Engineering, students attended a number of seminars and lab visits with leading faculty members, including an introduction about the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) with Prof Chihaya Adachi and an overview of the Ultramicroscopy Research Center with Prof Syo Matsumura.

Prof Chihaya Adachi gave a lecture on [OPERA].

Dr Potscavage explained to students during a tour of [OPERA].

Prof Joichi Sugimura gave a lecture on [HYDROGENIUS].

Prof Syo Matsumura gave a lecture about electron microscopy research being carried out at Kyushu University

Assoc. Prof Stephen Lyth gave a lecture on [I2CNER] & [Q-PIT]

Students gather for a group photo with Assoc. prof Stephen Lyth

Prof Shigeru Aso gave a lecture about recent study on the space transportation system.

Students had a lab tour with Assoc. Prof Yasuhiro Tani

Joint lecture with Q²PEC

The University of Queensland, Prof Kazuhiro Nogita gave a joint lecture for UQ students as well as Kyushu University students due to participate in the Q²PEC program in Australia next August. The lecture covered [solar and electric vehicles],as well as [university R&D between Australia and Japan].

Special lecture series on Japanese industry

In addition to lectures related to the specific industries to be visited by the students, Prof. Masamichi Kohno and Assoc. Prof. Kohei Higashikawa lectured about the history of Japanese industry and the management philosophy of Japanese manufacturing companies and its context in the modern era.

(left)Prof Masamichi Kohno  (right)Assoc. Prof Kohei Higashikawa

Special lectures on Japanese business customs

As part of its rich cultural heritage, Japan has developed a somewhat unique approach to inter-personal communication during business. In order to give students an in-depth understanding of the business customs of Japan and insight into their origins, Ms. Miwa Gen from the Association of Independent Entrepreneurs gave a lecture including many hands-on practise activities. The students were then able to apply the skills learnt when interacting with company representatives during site visits.

Ms. Miwa Gen with the UQ students following their lecture on Japanese business customs

Industry visits

In order to expose the visiting University of Queensland students to the wealth of industry that Japan, and particularly the Kyushu area, has to offer, a number of industry visits were arranged, including MITSUBISHI heavy Industries, Marine Structure Co., LTD., TOYOTA MOTOR KYUSHU, INC., BRIDGESTONE Kitakyushu Plant, TOTO LTD. and YASKAWA Electric Corporation.

(left)BRIDGESTONE Kitakyushu Plant  (right)TOYOTA MOTOR KYUSHU home to the Lexus.

(left)TOTO Museum, showcasing the history of TOTO LTD. since its founding over 100 years ago.   (right)At the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Students compete against a robot in the YASKAWA Electric Corporation Miraikan

Special lecture on HAKATA GION YAMAKASA

Here the students had the opportunity to learn special knowledge and information of Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. This festival was certificated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage 2 years ago. Assoc. Prof Kohei Hatano gave a lecture on Hakata Gion Yamakasa. He joined Yamakasa festival as a member of team. After a lecture students had a short tour of the festival course on final day.

Assoc. Prof Shigero Aso gave a lecture about HAKATA GION YAMAKASA.

Introduction of KU student circle Planet-Q

Planet-Q is a student club for the study of the space development. The students from Planet-Q gave a presentation of their activities and works to UQ students.

Holding a Hybrid Rocket in their hands

Buddy Meeting

We arranged a special meeting for the participant of UQ-JPIE program2018 and Q²PEC program2018. Both programs aim for exchanging research and education expertise through student exchanges. This was great opportunity to build friendship between our two universities.

The1st UQ-KU Student Workshop

The 1st UQ-KU student workshop is held in this year. 5 groups of UQ students and 4 KU students shared their experience and perspective through the UQ-JPIE and Q²PEC program. Each group gave an comprehensive presentation of their 2-week stay, and the workshop was lively with many questions from the audience.

Closing ceremony

A closing ceremony was held and certificates of participation were awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof Yoshio Hisaeda.

(left)Prof Koichiro Watanabe,Vice president of Kyushu university, gave a speech at the closing ceremony  (right)One of the University of Queensland students is receiving their certificate of participation from Prof. Yoshio Hisaeda, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

Farewell Luncheon

To mark the end of two busy weeks and celebrate the strengthened bond between parties in Japan and Australia, a farewell party was held. Students shared their experiences and thoughts with each other during the buffet lunch.

(left)Prof Sho Matsumura,,Vice Dean of Faculty of Engennering, gave a speech.  (right)The farewell luncheon marks on great opportunity for new friendship.


The staff of the International Education Support Center for Engineering would like to sincerely thank the lecturers for their kind support of this program and the companies involved for allowing us to visit their factories and museums, helping to make this program a great success. We also thank the representatives and tour-guides for taking the time to introduce the facilities and answering questions from students. Special thanks are also directed to the distinguished guests and members of the Australian Consul-General Fukuoka who made time in their busy schedules to help inspire the visiting students and ensure that all could take home comprehensive understanding of Kyushu; both the University and the region as a whole. This year, despite starting under unusually poor weather conditions, the participating students were able to attend lectures and visit representative industries in Kyushu, covering a wide range of engineering fields. The students were able to gain a sense of the current status of Japanese engineering technology and the history of its development, as well as learning about Japanese business culture.