【SJSU-Kyushu Joint Summer Lecture Series】Secure your Digital Future – High Growth Technology and Digital Transformation

 San José State University (SJSU) and Kyushu University (KYUSHU) are proud to present a summer lecture series on “Secure your Digital Future – High Growth Technology and Digital Transformation”. In the midst of our current global pandemic, cybersecurity threats are on the rise. At the same time, the career opportunities in the sector worldwide are growing tremendously.The seminars are free and held in English. There will be 4 sessions in total.

Session 1

Date:   June 23, 2021 (Wed), 10:00am-11:00am (Japan Standard Time)
June 22, 2021 (Tue), 6:00pm – 7:00pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Topic:  Data Resilience – the Next Evolution in Data Sustainability

Speaker:  F. Duane Watkins, MBA (Director – Offering Management for Data Resilience at IBM)

Second Session:

Date: July 7, 2021 (Wed), 10:00 – 11:00am (Japan Standard Time)

July 6, 2021 (Tue), 06:00 – 07:00pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Topic:Cybersecurity Technologies to Defeat Malicious Actors
Speaker: Jon Clay, Trend Micro

  • Third Session: 21st July, 10:00 – 11:00am (Japan Standard Time)
    Topic: Challenges and Opportunities of Reliability Engineering in the era of Data-Driven Intelligent Systems
    Speaker: Dr. Lei Ma, Associate Professor and Canada CIFAR AI Chair, University of Alberta, Canada Research Fellow at Kyushu University, Japan

Upcoming events

  • Fourth Session: 4th Augst, 10:00 – 11:00am (Japan Standard Time)
    Topic: IoT security and advanced penetration testing
    Speaker: Dr. Allakany Mohammed Attia Alaa, Academic Fellow, Cybersecurity Center, Kyushu University

For the details, please check “Grobal Gateways”.

Kyushu U 3MT Competition

What is 3MT?

This is an international competition in which participants give a three-minute presentation on their research in English, using only one slide. It started in 2008 at the University of Queensland (Australia), one of our partner universities, and has become a well-known and highly regarded competition with over 900 universities in 85 countries participating.
The 3MT aims to refine students’ academic research, presentation, and research communication skills. In addition, students are required to explain their research in a way that can be understood by non-specialist audience so that more people can learn about their research.

For more details, please refer to the link below

https://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/intlweb/en/event/3mt_competition

Event Flyer

【Inquiry】

Global Engagement, International Affairs Department, Kyushu University
Email: aw_inquiry@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp

March 2 – March 18, 2021COIL project with US students at San Jose State University (Japanese language skills required) (for free)

What is COIL? COIL stands for Collaborative Online International Learning.

This is an activity where people living in different countries learn collaboratively through online communication. A small group of about 4 people will have 6 sessions and will work communicating in a mixture of English and Japanese. Students at Kyushu University will use English as much as possible, and students at San Jose State University will use Japanese as much as possible. If communication gets difficult, you can switch to your preferred language.

It’s a good opportunity to learn about American society and the way American college students think. The more effort you put into it, the more COIL will be a satisfying experience.

Dates: March 2 – March 18, 2021 (twice a week, 6 times in total)

Time: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:50am-9:40am (Japan time)

Online tool: Zoom

Target: Japanese students and international students with Japanese language skills enrolled at Kyushu University

Number of applicants: about 12-15

Application: Please apply by filling in the Google form Application deadline: February 10, 2021 (Wednesday)

March 15 – March 19, 2021ZTO (Zero-to-One) Innovation Program – doing it the Silicon Valley way  (in Japanese language) (for free)

The ZTO (Zero to One) project, which is part of the ELEP (Engineering Leaders English Program), a short-term study abroad program for engineering students in Silicon Valley, USA, will be held online this year.

This is a one-week online program where you can experience virtual entrepreneurship while learning the basics of design thinking and accounting. This year’s topic is “How life changes within the next 10 years after the Covid-19 pandemic”. You can also participate in the online lectures in Event 1 above.

Dates: March 15, 2021 (Monday) – March 19, 2021 (Friday) (*)

Time: 9:00 – 16:00

(*) There will be an additional lecture on accounting held by a guest lecturer from Silicon Valley on February 22, 2021 (Monday)

Online tool: Zoom

Target group: Japanese students and international students with Japanese language

skills enrolled at Kyushu University

Number of applicants: about 10

Application: Please apply by filling in the Google form Application deadline: January 31, 2021 (Sunday)

February 16 – March 13, 2021 (every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday)Guest lectures by entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley (Japanese language) (for free)

From Feb 16 – March 13 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) we welcome guest lecturers from Silicon Valley to give online lectures.

Our guest lectures are from Google・LinkedIn・Sourcenext・Rakuten USA・Honda R&D・Stanford University telling about their life, experience, success and inside stories. It’s a great opportunity to learn about startups online.

Click here to apply 

Schedule

2020 NEEP

UQ-KU Education Forum 2020

Through a grant from Kyushu University’s (KU) new enhanced education program (NEEP), the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture at Kyushu University dispatched young faculty members to the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 and 2020, faculty development workshops were conducted at KU, including the visit of 2 faculty members from UQ in 2019. The first was entitled “New Teaching Approaches in STEM Education through english-medium instruction”. The 2nd was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was held for 2 days on the 10th and 11th of December, 2020 called the “UQ-Education Forum 2020 − Teaching effectively in the time of COVID-19”. Many faculty members from both universities attended.

On the first day (10th December), representative faculty members from both sides first introduced their university’s education efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. From KU, Professor Satoko Fukahori, vice president of the university education innovation initiative and deputy director of the office of institutional research at KU made a presentation entitled “Moving towards a learning systems paradigm with and beyond COVID-19”. After this, Professor Lydia Kavanagh from UQ, deputy associate dean academic at the faculty of science and academic lead and project manager at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) talked about “Responses to COVID-19: evaluation of student performance and issues”. After this, two faculty members from the UQ Faculty of Science presented case studies of the latest educational practices during the “with-corona” era. First, Lecturer Sara Herke made a presentation entitled “Teaching large classes in flexible mode” about hybrid large classes. After that, Prof. Jack Wang introduced an example of his lesson on the methodology of building experimental skills using a video library.

On the 2nd day (11th December), Professor Kazuhiro Nogita of the Faculty of Mechanical and Mining of UQ first described the activities of the “UQ-KU Research and Education Exchange Project”, aimed at strengthening research and educational cooperation between UQ and KU, and international research between Australia and Japan more generally. After that, examples of educational practice were introduced by 4 faculty members from both universities. First, from Kyushu University, Professor Satoshi Watanabe from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Professor Satoko Fukahori reported on “Assessment of Program Level Learning Outcomes” regarding program-level educational practices in the department of mechanical engineering in the faculty of engineering. Lecturer Joel Corney also made a presentation entitled “Teaching laboratories online in physics” about the teaching of online physics experiments. Associate professor James Cannon of the faculty of mechanical engineering then introduced his practical experience of online lessons in his talk entitled “Teaching Technical Subjects Online”. After that, an online exchange meeting called “Opportunities for collaboration” was held with the participation of UQ and KU faculty members.

Similar to last year, faculty members from departments outside the Faculty of Agriculture and Engineering also participated from KU, and lively questions were held on both days. Through this forum, there was an opportunity to learn about new educational methods in anticipation of the after-corona era. NEEP will reach its end this year, however we will continue to promote projects to improve the quality of education, in collaboration with UQ.

2019 NEEP

Collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture “Faculty development for STEM education in English” (2019)

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.

2019 UQ-JPIE

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 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.

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.

2018 UQ-JPIE

UQ-JPIE(The University of Queensland-Japanese Program for Industry 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 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 Inc.is 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.

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. 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.

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.