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Japanese language education

Kyushu University provides opportunities for international students and foreign researchers to learn Japanese at the International Student Center. The International Center offers a wide range of introductory to advanced classes through two types of Japanese language courses.

九州大学では、留学生センターで展開される2種類の日本語コースにより、入門から上級まで幅広いレベルのクラスを提供しています。これらのコースを通して総合的な日本語を学ぶことができます。

言語文化基礎科目・日本語
Japanese Academic Courses (JACs)
These are Japanese language classes for international undergraduate students who aim to earn credits for learning Japanese as part of their academic activities. Classes are offered at eight levels, ranging from introductory to advanced. Kyushu University will award credits and a grade to students upon completion of each course.

学術活動の一環として日本語を学び、単位取得を目指す学生のための日本語クラスです。学部留学生を対象に、入門から上級までの8段階の幅広いレベルのクラスが提供され、履修後には九州大学から単位と成績が授与されます。

大学院生を対象とする日本語課外補講コースJapanese Training Courses (JTCs) These courses are available primarily for international students - including those at both undergraduate and graduate levels and in the categories of student researchers and exchange students. These courses are designed for extra-curricular, training purposes; you may consider taking these courses if interested in learning Japanese language as a beginner or in continuing to develop your proficiency in Japanese while pursuing the regular academic work of your major or specialization. No credit will be awarded at Kyushu University, but a certificate of completion may be conferred at your request upon course completion.

九州大学に学習や研究をしている留学生(学部生・大学院生・研究生・交換留学生、含む)が主な対象です。専門分野に取り組む傍ら、日本語も初歩から学んでみたい、もしくは日本語力をさらに向上させたい学生などのための課外補講コースです

 

For details on these courses, please click the link below.

http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/center/f/japanese.html

 

In addition, the Faculty of Engineering and the affiliated International Education Support Center for Engineering offer their own Japanese language courses for undergraduate and graduate students belonging to the School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Engineering or the Graduate School and Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, from introductory level to advanced level. These courses meet the various needs and levels of the students for improving their Japanese in daily, academic or professional life.

これらに加えて、工学部では、工学部(府)及びシステム情報科学府に所属する学部生、院生を対象に入門から上級に至るまでの独自の充実した日本語教育プログラムを提供し、生活、科学技術、就職など、様々な学生のニーズに答えるコースをレベルに合わせて展開しています。

 

How to register / 履修方法

Please refer to the course requirements and register online via Campusmate.

履修要項を参考に、Campus mateを利用し申請してください。

 

 

Course Introduction / コース紹介

 

Survival Japanese Lecturer/講師: Natalie Konomi

Course period: First semester, second semester  Credits: 1

Language level: Beginner – Elementary (入門〜初級)

 

This course is a Japanese class covering basic Japanese for international students learning Japanese for the first time. The aim of this course is to build survival skills in Japanese supporting daily and academic life. The students will also gain knowledge about Japanese culture and society.

本科目は、日本語を初めて学ぶ留学生向けの日本語クラスである。日常生活で使う基本的な日本語の言葉や表現を学び、実際に日常生活や研究室生活で会話できるようになることを目指す。また、日本文化・社会についての知識を得ることも目的とする。


Active Japanese I, IILecturer/講師:M. Tamura

開講時期:前期・後期

レベル:初中級 (Pre-intermediate)

単位数:1単位

 

This course uses the Action-oriented Approach(AoA) as teaching methodology for learning Japanese language. In this method, communication is considered as a social activity designed to accomplish specific tasks and student are active participants in the learning process. By performing a set of tasks in a real-life situation, students will acquire solid speaking skills with which they can effectively communicate their thoughts and have meaningful interaction with the people around them.

概要: 本科目では、行動中心アプローチを通して、日本語で社会や人とつながる力を養成します。具体的には、「自分のことや自分の考えを伝える」、「相手と対話をする」ための日本語力を身につけます。様々な形式の会話練習を通して、効果的に日本語の運用能力を高めていきます。


Progressive Japanese (Lecturer/講師:M. Tamura)

開講時期:前期・後期

レベル:中級〜上級下 (Intermediate ~ Lower Advanced)

単位:1単位

 

The course is designed upon Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach where students learn a subject and a second language at the same time. All of the 17 goals of SDGs are covered and some Good Practices to tackle with the challenges will be explored in the class. The class being content focused, students are encouraged to think and learn in Japanese language.

本科目では、ヨーロッパの複合言語主義を基盤とするCLIL(内容言語統合型学習)の枠組みで、社会や環境の問題と日本語を同時に学びます。日本語を学ぶだけではなく、日本語で考え、日本語で学ぶことを重視し、将来日本語で専門科目を学ぶための準備をします。教育の題材としては、SDGs(持続可能な開発目標)に焦点を当てます。


Business Japanese ABC (Lecturer/講師:A. Yamada)

開講時期

レベル:上級 (Advanced)

The main purpose of this course is to develop reading and writing skills in Japanese needed for getting job and performing well in workplace. Students will receive information about job hunting in Japan and will know how to get prepared for the necessary documents including resume and entry sheet etc.

この授業では、日本企業に就職し、日本企業で働くために必要となる日本語コミュニケーション力を育成する。また、日本で就職活動を行う上で必要な情報について、課題調査や書類作成タスクをもとに、学生が主体的に情報を得られるような指導を行う。

| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2020.10.15


The University of Queensland Japanese Program for Industrial Experience

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| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2020.08.18


UQ-JPIE(The University of Queensland-Japanese Program for Industrial Experience) 2019

Program

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 Motors Kyushu 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  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) YASKAWA Electric Corporation,Mirai-Kan  (Right)Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Structure Co.,Ltd

(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.

 

 

Thanks

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.

 

 

 

 

| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2019.09.05


Next Enhanced Education Program

Collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture “Faculty development for STEM education in English”

The Faculty of Engineering at Kyushu University (KU) together with the University of Queensland (UQ) have been engaged in the University of Queensland-Kyushu University Research and Education Exchange Project (“UQ-KU project”), coordinated by Prof. Kazuhiro Nogita of the UQ Mechanical and Mining Engineering department. Since 2015, students from KU have had the opportunity to spend several weeks at UQ through the “Q2PEC” program, and since 2017 the UQ-JPIE (University of Queensland-Japan Program for Industry Experience) has been implemented for UQ students visiting KU. In addition, in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture, young faculty have been dispatched to the University of Queensland for educational training since 2018, with the support of the New Education Enhancement Program (NEEP). Continuing the two-year NEEP program, a teacher training expert was invited from UQ to participate in the “Faculty Development for STEM Education in English” workshop on the 17th and 18th of December, 2019.

The first day of the workshop on the 17th of December was divided into two parts: “Teaching and learning in higher education in Australia” and “Extending the horizons of English medium instruction”. It was an opportunity to review the teaching methods for interactive lessons in English. Although it was a workshop on STEM education, in addition to the faculty members of the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture, faculty members of various other departments participated, including lively questions and discussion between the presenters and participants. It was an opportunity for participating teachers to learn various ideas that could be used for future education.

Prof. Kazuhiro Nogita

 

Prof. Lydia Kavanagh

 

Mr. Pablo Riveros

 

Dr. Fiona Wiebusch

 

In the morning of the 2nd day (18th of December), a workshop entitled “New Approaches in STEM Education”, titled “How to flip a classroom and land on your feet” was held by Prof. Lydia Kavanagh, a leading professor of blended learning for STEM subjects in a large classrooms with extensive experience at UQ. The workshop itself was an example of blended and active learning. UQ, with support from the Office of Learning and Education (OLT) of the Australian Ministry of Education, implemented a flipped classroom education development project specialising in science and technology from 2012 to 2017, and Professor Kavanagh was one of the main faculty members of the project. It was a very valuable opportunity for the attending faculty members to receive guidance directly from one of UQ’s leading educators.

In the afternoon, follow-up training was conducted for teachers who participated in education training at UQ in 2018 and 2019. Participating teachers were able to look back at the training they received then and acquire new knowledge and skills for conducting interactive classes in English. In addition, each teacher set goals for how to use what they learned in future classes.

The Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Engineering of Kyushu University were selected for the Internationalisation Development Project “Global 30” in 2010, and opened English-language bachelor courses ahead of other universities. Going forward, through such opportunities such as this faculty development workshop, we will continue to study to develop high-quality faculty members who can engage in world-level education practises.

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.

 

| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2019.01.31


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

Program

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 Motors Kyushu 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.

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  (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

 

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        Prof. Sho Matsumura,                                                               UQ Students                                                        Prof Yoshimi Sonoda,

              Vice Dean, Faculty of Engineering                                                                                                                        Vice Dean, Faculty of Engineering

                                        

Welcome Party

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

 

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Prof Masato Wakayama,                                                             Representative of UQ students and KU students

Executive Vice President, Kyushu University       

 

 

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 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.

 

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Visitors from Rhode Island University

On the 25th of May 2018 we welcomed a group of visitors from Rhode Island University (RIU), USA, to the school of engineering here at Kyushu University (KU). The visitors were Prof. Maling Ebrahimpour (the head of the economics department), Prof. Shaw Chen (deputy-head of the economics department) and Prof. Shingo Goto. On the Kyushu University side, vice-director Prof. Koichiro Watanabe, vice-dean Prof. Syo Matsumura and school of engineering international education support centre director Prof. John Chen along with two students from Queensland University (QU) in Australia participated in the discussions. Afterwards, there was a tour of the campus, including newly-opened buildings on the Ito campus.

We are looking forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship between our universities' economics and engineering departments.

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Top row, from left: Prof. J. Chen (KU),  Rhianna (UQ),  Clint (UQ), Prof. Matsumura (KU)

Bottom row, from left: Prof. Goto (URI), Prof. Ebrahimpour (URI), Prof. S. Chen (URI), Prof. Watanabe (KU)

 

 

 

| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2018.06.01


UK Japan Engineering Education League Workshop 2018

Event information

PDF Flier: Download

Dates: 3rd to 5th of September 2018

Location: Fukuoka, Japan

Student Workshop: Doctoral students’ work group on Future Materials and Properties

Faculty Round-table on Active Learning in Engineering Education

Sponsors

Abstract submission

The period for submitting abstracts closed on the 23rd of July. No new abstracts can be accepted.

Theme: Papers welcome on a wide range of topics related to future materials and properties, including experiment, theory and simulation of solids, liquids and gases, considering either the properties of the materials themselves or their application.

Format: One-page abstract to be submitted in PDF format. Templates: Google docs, Microsoft Word.

Registration information

Click here for registration

Deadline: 31st of July (JST)

Registration is 35,000 yen, including lunch and dinner during the workshop and lunch during the field-trip, transportation during workshop, the field trip and proceedings.

Tentative program

On the 3rd and 4th, the program will be held in Nishijin-plaza, except for the tour on the 4th which will be at Kyushu University's Ito campus.

Access information for: Nishijin-plaza, Ito campus

 

| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2017.10.23


Visit by University of Queensland Students to Kyushu University on the Japan Program for Industry Experience

A group of 15 University of Queenland students spent 2 weeks on the Japan Industry Experience Program at Kyushu University from the 3rd to the 14th of Juy, 2017, supported by the New Colombo Plan initiative of the Australian government. During this time the students had the opportunity to learn about the world-leading research and industries of Japan and attend seminars on cutting-edge engineering research at Kyushu University. Students conducted visits to leading Japanese industries, either based or with a large presence in the Kyushu area, such as Toyota Motors Kyushu and YASKAWA Electric Corporation. Furthermore, the students had the opportunity to study about Japanese Business Culture.

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| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2017.07.17


Visit by students from Chungnam National University, Rep. of Korea

On Monday the 26th of June, a group of 15 graduate students from Chungnam National University, Rep. of Korea, visited Kyushu Univeristy. In addition to touring the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) on Kyushu University's Ito Campus, a presentation by Assoc. Prof. James Cannon, deputy director of the International Education Support Center for Engineering, introduced the students to the School and Faculty of Engineering and the procedures for applying to and entering Kyushu Univeristy on either short-term exchanges or for full-time study. It is hoped that this visit will contribute to the strengthening the decades-long relationship that has existed between our two universities.

 

 

| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2017.06.27


Boeing Externship Program

Boeing Japan is runs a seminar series called the "Boeing Externship Program". Currently several universities participate: The University of Tokyo, Kanazawa University, Kyushu University, Hokkaido University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. This program consists of 5 lectures (in both English and Japanese) as well as a special summer seminar held in September. In this seminar, students have the opportunity to give a presentation to Boeing staff, in English. The students decide themselves about the theme of the presentation and compete against the other participating universities.

Kyushu University has been participating since 2016. During the 1st year, 13 students attended the lectures and 4 students participated in the special summer seminar, winning the presentation competition.

Information about how to participate in this year's summer seminar competition can be found here.

2017 schedule

 

Date

Subject

Presenter

1

April 28 (Fri)

08:00-09:30

Environment

BCA Environment team

2

May 12 (Fri)

10:30-12:00

Boeing Overview

Miwa Kobayashi

3

May 26 (Fri)

10:30-12:00

Commercial Aviation Service

Hiroaki Inuzuka

4

June 9 (Fri)

08:00-09:30 or 10:30-12:00

CMO (Current Market Outlook) and communication

Steve Hahn

5

June 23 (Fri)

08:00-10:30

Technology

Rob Henderson

 

Location:  AMS lecture room 1 (General Education Plaza, 2nd floor, room 207)

 

| 九州大学工学系国際交流センター | 2017.05.19


Boeing externship presentation competition

A selected team of students will have the opportunity to present an idea to staff of Boeing-Japan as part of the Boeing Externship Program. The presentation details are as follows:

  • Presentation subject: Any idea related to aerospace, keeping in mind the economic realities of the industry.
  • Team size: 5~6 people
  • Date: September (date to be confirmed) – you must be available during this month
  • Location: To be confirmed
  • Travel cost may be supported by Kyushu University (to be confirmed)
  • Language of presentation: English

Application details

Students who are interested to apply will need to do the following:

  1. Register your interest by 12:00 midday on Monday the 29th of May by sending an email with the subject “Boeing externship presentation application” to cannon@mech.kyushu-u.ac.jp containing the following:
    • Your name
    • Your student ID number
    • Your department
    • Your year of study (B1~4, M1~2)
    • Your availability for a pitch presentation (see item (2)) at the following times:
      • Tuesday 30th May, periods 3 and 4.
      • Friday 2nd June, period 3
  2. Prepare a 5-minute pitch presentation outlining your proposed idea.

Applicants will be notified of the date and time to come to pitch their idea to a panel of judges. The top 5~6 applicants will be selected to form a team that will present a new idea to Boeing-Japan in September.

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The University of Queensland-Japan program for Industry Experience (UQ-JPIE)

Overview

This was an intensive 2-week program supported by the New Colombo Plan of the Australian government and held in July 2017, 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 conducted visits to leading Japanese industries, either based or with a large presence in the Kyushu area, such as Toyota Motors Kyushu 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 3rd of July. Distinguished guests present included Prof. Chiharu Kubo, president of Kyushu University and Mr. Ian Brazier, Australian Consul-General Fukuoka.

            

(left) President of Kyushu University, Dr. Chiharu Kubo, gives a speech at the opening ceremony; (middle) Dean of the School of Engineering, Prof. Hiroshi Takamatsu, gives a speech at the opening ceremony; (right) A small lunch-party held after the ceremony to welcome the students.

Lectures: Industry pre-visit seminars

To prepare students for site visits, a series of 4 lectures from faculty specialist in relevant areas were given, such as a seminar about the Steel Industry by Prof. Ko-ichiro Ohno and Prof. Noritaka Saito. Here students were able to gain important background understanding to enable them to get the most out of their industrial visits.

    

(left) Students with Prof. Ryo Kurazume and a robot during the robotics pre-visit seminar; (right) A demonstration during the seminar by Prof. Katsuro Hayashi about ceramic technology.

Prof. Koji Gotoh gives students an introduction to LNG carriers and hull construction, prior to the visit to the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Lectures: 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 to urban Engineering and management with Prof. Shunsuke Managi and an overview of the mining history of Japan with Prof. Koichiro Watanabe.

    

(left) Dr. Potscavage explains to students during a tour of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA); (right) Prof. Syo Matsumura gives a lecture about electron microscopy research being carried out at Kyushu University.

Students have a lab tour with Assoc. Prof. Stephen Lyth, including a visit to Hydrogen storage facilities.

Special lecture series on Japanese industry

In addition to lectures related to the specific industries to be visited by the students, Prof. Kazuhide Ohta gave a 5-part mini course covering the history of Japanese industry and its context in the modern era.

Professor Kazuhide Ohta gives a lecture on Japanese industry.

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 double-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 (center) with the University of Queensland students following their lecture on Japanese business customs.

Visit to the Kyushu Economic Federation

In order to gain in-depth knowledge about industry in the Kyushu region, students were kindly welcomed by the Kyushu Economic Federation in Tenjin to take part in the Kyushu Experience and Explore Program. Here the students had the opportunity to learn important background information not only about the Kyushu area and its industry but also its links to Australia, as outlined including a lecture by Mr. Ian Brazier of the Australian Consul-General Fukuoka. Time was also given over to free discussion and networking.

Mr. Masaki Nishi from Kyushu Electric Power Co., INC., gives a short lecture on the energy services business sector.

Students gather for a group photo with the Mr. Yutaka Aso, Chairman of the Kyushu Economic Federation (front row, third from left), Mr. Masaki Nishi of Kyushu Electric Power Co., INC. (far left) as well as Prof. John Chen, director of the International Education Support Center for Engineering at Kyushu University (far right).

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 Hitachi Ltd. Rail System Company, Kasado Works and TOYOTA MOTOR KYUSHU, INC.

    

(left) Students compete against a robot in the YASKAWA Electric Corporation Miraikan; (right) Group photo at Hitachi Ltd. Rail System Company, Kasado Works.

TOYOTA MOTOR KYUSHU, INC. is home to the Lexus, and students had the opportunity to see this car being produced and learn about the philosophies underlying the construction process.

Students not only had the opportunity to visit the TOTO LTD. to see the ceramic products being built, but also had a tour of the recently-opened  TOTO museum, showcasing the history of TOTO LTD. since its founding over 100 years ago.

Students pose with large cranes at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Students also had the opportunity to visit NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION YAHATA WORKS in Kitakyushu city.

Introduction to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering course at Kyushu University

In addition to learning about the wide variety of industry in Japan, students also learned about the host institution, Kyushu University, and the courses and laboratories in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Prof. Shigero Aso gives an overview of the Mechanical and Aerospace course on offer Kyushu University

Special lecture by Prof. David Mee of the University of Queensland

Prof. David Mee of the University of Queensland gave a special lecture to Kyushu University Aerospace students.

Prof. David Mee gives a special lecture to Kyushu University students.

Group presentations and closing ceremony

University of Queensland students were given the opportunity to make a short presentation about their thoughts and experiences during their two week stay in Japan. In addition, a closing ceremony was held and certificates of participation were awarded by the Director of the International Education Support Center for Engineering, Prof. John Chen. This was followed by a short farewell party.

(left) Students from the University of Queensland reflect on their 2-week experience on the JPIE program; (right) One of the University of Queensland students receiving their certificate of participation from Prof. John Chen, Director of the International Education Support Center for 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 share their experiences and thoughts with each other during the buffet lunch.

The farewell party marks an opportunity for new friends to exchange gifts.

Participants of the farewell party gather for a final group photo.

Thanks

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 Kyushu Economic Federation 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.

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International Education Support

There are four International Undergraduate Programs in English: Applied Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer science, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Following one and a half years of general "KIKAN" education, students specialize into their chosen course of study. This curriculum gives students from all over the world the chance to experience the strong education and research environment of a top Japanese university, in English, while becoming familiar with Japanese culture.

For more information, please visit here.

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International center staff

Add “.kyushu-u.ac.jp” to all email addresses.

For international calls, remove the first 0 of the telephone number and use country-code 81.

Directors and faculty members


Prof. Qiang Chen
Director
chen@mech
092-802-3286

Prof.  Masamichi Kohno
Deputy director
kohno@mech
092-802-3099

Assoc. Prof. James Cannon
Deputy director
cannon@mech
092-802-3242

Prof. Hemanta Hazarika
hazarika@civil
092-802-3369


Assoc. Prof.  Andrew Robertson
robertson@mail.cstm

Assoc. Prof. Kohei Higashikawa
kohei@super.ees
092-802-3684

Assoc. Prof. Darren Wall
wall@aero
092-802-3034

Assoc. Prof. Mika Tamura
mikatamura@mail.cstm
092-802-3872

Assoc. Prof. Natalie Konomi
konomi.natalie.909@m
092-802-3893

Assis. Prof.  Akiko Yamada
yamada.akiko.623@m

Staff

Telephone: 092-802-3870

Yumi Mizutani
mizutani.yumi.600@m
Rie Haraguchi
haraguchi.rie.345@m
Chika Sonoda sonoda.chika.468@m

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Visit from Chengdu University

On Friday 11th of July, Chengdu University made a courtesy call on Faculty of Engineering. The group from Chengdu University including Mr. Song Hui, Council Vice-Chairman and a group of faculty members of Kyushu University attended the meeting. The groups had an active discussion regarding student exchange between the the two universities.
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Contact Us

For International Students and Researchers

For questions regarding visas, housing, daily life
→The International Student and Researcher Support Center
Telephone: +81-92-802-2196, +81-92-802-2197
Fax: +81-92-802-3874
http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/supportcenter/en/
 

For faculty, staff, and students

For inquiries about international exchange
Telephone: +81-92-802-3870
Fax: +81-92-802-3874

 

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Campus Map

Address:West-4 , Room 203 (located in the Student Affairs Division) , 744 Motooka
Nishi-ku Fukuoka 819-0395,Japan
Tel:+81-92-802-3870
Fax:+81-92-802-3874

Directions to Ito Campus and map

https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/campus/ito

 

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Links

Kyushu University

Kyushu University School of Engineering

Kyushu University, School of Engineering, Degree Programs in English

Student Website-International Undergraduate Programs

This website was designed to provide up-to-date information of what is happening inside campus and to promote a sense of belonging among the students of International Undergraduate Programs in Engineering.

Double Degree Program

Information about the Double Degree Program between Lund University (the Faculty of Engineering LTH) and Kyushu University (the Graduate School of Engineering)

Kyushu University International Affairs Department

Kyushu University International Student and Researcher Support Center

Information for international students and researchers accepted to the university. Includes visa information, housing, and translation in order to make the transition to Japan

Partner Institutuions

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Double Degree Program

Kyushu University started a DDP with Lund University in 2010, which enables students to obtain Master’s degrees from both universities after they spend a total of three years at Kyushu University and Lund University. The program provides opportunities for students to obtain Master’s degrees from universities in two different countries as well as to have higher education in a different cultural area, in Sweden in Northern Europe (for Kyushu University students) and in Japan in the Far East (for Lund University students), and it aims to train students to become highly-skilled people who will take a proactive role in the international society in the future.

 

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Q²PEC(Qshu-Queensland Program for English Communication)

The Q²PEC is a short-term study abroad program for engineering students. It consists of English classes with students from all over the world at the University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ). The University of Queensland is one of Australia’s leading universities. The program provides site visits, workshops, and lectures in the engineering field.
The program aims to enable participants to improve their English language skills, and encourages them to cultivate a global mindset and to study for a degree abroad in the future.

 

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ELEP (Engineering Leaders English Program)

The ELEP is supported by Kyushu University California Office and is a short-term study abroad program for engineering students. It consists of English classes at San Jose State University’s I -Gateways. It offers special lectures by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and field trips to universities and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley.
The program aims to enable participants to improve their English language skills, learn about entrepreneurship and understand how innovation occurs.

 

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About the International Center

About the School of Engineering International Center

The Faculty of Engineering in Kyushu University established the International Relations Office, School of Engineering in 2010, to help international students and researchers solve various problems to make the most of their academic and research life. Since 2016 this became the School of Engineering International Center. Since its inception, the center has provided a range of support to international students and researchers, including offering Japanese classes, career counseling, and international exchange parties. The center has also supported study-abroad and training programs for Japanese students and researchers. Recently, it has been dedicated especially to supporting the planning and operating of short-term study abroad programs which aim to encourage Japanese students to cultivate a global mindset and take a proactive role in international society in the future. It also provides training programs on the advanced methodology of teaching in English for faculties, and the academic exchanges between Kyushu University and universities overseas such as the Double Degree Program.

Message from the Director

Kyushu University is one of the forerunners in the internationalization of Japanese universities. Within the university, the School of Engineering puts a major emphasis on internationalization. In 2009, Kyushu University was selected as one of the core universities for the Project for Establishing Core Universities for Internationalization (Global 30), and the School of Engineering and the School of Agriculture led the nation in establishing international undergraduate programs. In September 2014, the 15 first students completed the programs. 
In 2010, Kyushu University was selected as one of the centers for the World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative funded by the Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), which has brought a growing number of international researchers to our Ito campus. In addition, it was accredited as a Top Type university (Type A) for the Top Global University Project in 2014 and has promoted further reform in education and research. With rapidly progressing internationalization of the university, over 3,000 international students are expected to be seen on the Ito campus in 2021 when the relocation of the Hakozaki campus is completed.
The International Center is here to help international students and researchers make the most of their academic and research life, solve any problems during their stay at Kyushu University, and interact with all students and researchers from different backgrounds and different cultures.

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About the International Education Support Center for Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering in Kyushu University established the International Relations Office, School of Engineering in 2010, to help international students and researchers solve various problems to make the most of their academic and research life. In 2017 this became the International Education Support Center for Engineering. Since its inception, the center has provided a range of support to international students and researchers, including offering Japanese classes, career counseling, and international exchange parties. The center has also supported study-abroad and training programs for Japanese students and researchers. Recently, it has been dedicated especially to supporting the planning and operating of short-term study abroad programs which aim to encourage Japanese students to cultivate a global mindset and take a proactive role in international society in the future. It also provides training programs on the advanced methodology of teaching in English for faculties, and the academic exchanges between Kyushu University and universities overseas such as the Double Degree Program.

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