International Education Support Center for Engineering, Kyushu University

2019 UQ-JPIE


This program was held in July in 2019. It was an intensive 2-week program supported by the New Colombo Plan of the Australian government, 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, 15 students attended seminars on cutting-edge engineering research at Kyushu University and visited 9 leading companies from Japanese industry, based in or with a large presence in the Kyushu area, such as TOYOTA MOTOR KYUSHU,Inc. and YASKAWA Electric Corporation. This gave the 15 UQ students 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 July 1st. Mr. Ian Brazier, the Australian Consul-General of Fukuoka attended as special guest.

(Left) Opening address from Prof. Yoshio Hisaeda, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering  (Right) Greetings from Prof. Chiharu Kubo, President of Kyushu University

(Left)Greeting from Mr. Ian Brazier (Australian Consul-General Fukuoka)  (Right)Closing address from Prof. Yoshimi Sonoda, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Lunch Party

A welcome lunch-party was held after the opening ceremony to welcome the UQ students

(Left)Prof Masato Wakayama, Executive Vice President, Kyushu University  (Middle,Right)Greetings form representative of UQ students and KU students

Welcome party

Plenary Lecture

Australian Consul-General Fukuoka, Mr. Ian Brazier gave a lecture entitled “The connection of Australian and Kyushu economies”. UQ students had the opportunity to learn important background information about industry of the Kyushu area linked to Australia.

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

Industry pre-visit seminars

To prepare students for field trips, a series of 4 lectures from faculty specialist in relevant areas were given, such as a seminar about shipbuilding by Prof. Koji Gotoh. Students were able to gain important knowledge and the background understanding to enable them to get the most out of their industrial visits.

(Left)Assoc. Prof.Kenji Tahara gave a lecture about “Robotics Technology in Japan”.
(Right)Assoc. Prof.Kohei Higashikawa gave a lecture about “Electrical Engineering and Superconducting Engineering for Advanced Applications”.

(Left)Prof. Koji Gotoh gave students a lecture about “LNG Carrier and Hull Construction Process”, prior to the visit to the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.(Right)Students had a lab tour with Prof. Masaki Tanaka and Prof. Toshihiro Tsuchiyama.

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 tour with leading faculty members, including an introduction about the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) with Dr. William Potscavage  and an overview of the Ultramicroscopy Research Center with Prof. Syo Matsumura. Also, students could visit the hydrogen station with Assoc. Prof. Stephen Lyth.

(Left) Prof. Takahara Atsushi gave a lecture about “Fundamental Science and Engineering of Soft Materials for Next Generation Mobility”
(Right) Assoc.Prof. Aleksandar Staykov gave a lecture about “Chemical Processes at Surfaces and Interfaces. Insights from the Theory”

(Left)Dr. Potscavage explained to students during a tour of [OPERA].
(Right)Assoc. Prof. Stephen Lyth gave a lecture on HYDROGENIUS. After the lecture, students visited the Hydrogenius station.

Hydrogenius station
Prof. Syo Matsumura gave a lecture about “Advanced Electron Microscopy Revealing the Atom’s Wondrous World”. After the lecture, Prof. Matsumura guided students to the Research Laboratory for High Voltage Electron Microscopy.

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. Martin Schröder gave a lecture titled “Introduction to Japanese Industries & History of Japanese industries” and “Introduction to the Toyota Production System & Impact of ASEAN Economic Integration on Automotive Supply Chain Organisation”.

(Left)The lecture of Introduction to Japanese Industries & History of Japanese industries by Prof Masamichi Kohno.(Right) The lecture of Introduction to the Toyota Production System & Impact of ASEAN Economic Integration on Automotive Supply Chain Organisation by Assoc. Prof. Martin Schröder.

Business Japanese

As part of its rich cultural heritage, Japan has developed a 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, Assoc. Prof. Natalie Konomi gave a lecture “Japanese Business Communication”. After the lecture, some students exchanged their own business cards in Japanese business manner style with the staff of the factories they visited.

Assoc. Prof. Natalie Konomi 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 Corporation Kitakyushu Plant, TOTO LTD., YASKAWA Electric Corporation, J-POWER(Electric Power Development Co. Ltd.), SUMCO CORPORATION, Nippon Steel Corporation, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Imajuku Power Device Factory.

(Left)Bridgestone Corporation Kitakyushu Plant  (Right) TOYOTA MOTOR KYUSHU INC.

(Left)Bridgestone Corporation Kitakyushu Plant  (Right) TOYOTA MOTOR KYUSHU INC.

(Left) TOTO LTD.  (Right)J-POWER(Electric Power Development Co. Ltd.)

Buddy Meeting

We arranged a special meeting for the participant of UQ-JPIE program2019 and Q2PEC program 2019. Both programs aim to exchange research and education expertise through student exchanges. This was a great opportunity to communicate between our two universities.

The UQ-KU Student Workshop & Closing Ceremony

The UQ-KU student workshop was held on the 12th of July; the last day of this program. 5 groups of UQ students and 5 KU students shared their experience and perspective through the UQ-JPIE and Q2PEC programs. Each group gave a meaningful presentation and after the presentation, students asked many questions.

(Left)Prof. Syo Matsumura,Vice president of Kyushu university, gave a speech at the Workshop.
(Right)The presentation of UQ students

(Left) Awarding of Certificate of Participation  (Right)UQ students gave a present to Prof. Yoshio Hisaeda, Dean, Faculty of Engineering

(Left)The speech on behalf of KU students   (Right)The closing remarks (Prof. Yoshio Hisaeda, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering)

Farewell Party

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 dinner.


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. 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.