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2022.07.07

Launch of English Skills Improvement Course

As one of the programs of the “Inter-University Exchange Project”, English course was launched in June 2022 with the aim of improving the English language skills of future exchange students. The course is intended for students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Graduate School of Engineering who wish to study or work abroad in the future. Of course, students who are simply interested in improving their English skills are also eligible for this course.

Lessons are offered every Wednesday at the 5th school period. The instructor is one of the international coordinators of the project. We conduct 30 minutes of TOEIC listening and reading preparation practice, and the remaining one hour is for listening, explanation, and discussion using programs from NHK World, CNN, BBC, TED Talk, etc. In particular, the topics cover not only technology, social issues, culture, and current news, but also anime, sports, and other topics of personal interest to the participating students.

The course’s atmosphere is very homelike and friendly. If you would like to study abroad but are hesitant to do so because you feel that you: “can’t understand English at all”, “can’t express what you want to say in English”, or “too embarrassed to speak up in English”, then this is the perfect course for you. After all, it is free of charge.

This course will be offered throughout the year. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

For inquiries, please contact: Office of Inter-University Exchange Project.

campus_asia@ml.nagasaki-u.ac.jp









2022.07.04

Call for applications for “Hybrid Short-Term Student Exchange Program” in academic year 2022

The program is open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students of the Faculty of Engineering and graduate students of the Graduate School of Engineering. The program will consist of about 30 online exchange study sessions every Saturday morning from the end of July to the end of October. The program also includes a study abroad trip to South Korea and Singapore, each for about five days.

For more information, four information sessions will be held for students who wish to participate or are considering participating in this exchange program.

① July 7th (Thu) 12:10~12:40
② July 8th (Fri) 16:10~17:10
③ July 11th (Mon) 12:10~12:40
④ July 13th (Wed) 12:10~12:40

【Pre-registration URL・QR code】
 https://forms.office.com/r/BiKMPFmFFU

We look forward to your participation.

2022.03.24

INTER-UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE PROJECT of the Graduate School of Engineering
“Asia Intercollegiate Cooperative Project for Nurturing Global Leaders in Sustainable Infrastructure Development” has actually started!!

The first consortium meeting for the “Inter-University Exchange Project”of the Graduate School of Engineering, which was adopted in November 2021, was held online on March 24, and the project was launched in full scale. The event was a great and successful start with more than 40 participants from the five participating universities. In addition to the three universities that continue from the 2nd Mode to the current 3rd Mode (Nagasaki University, Japan; Shandong University, China; and Sungkyunkwan University, Korea), Nanyang Technological University from Singapore and National University of Laos from Laos, also participated in the meeting.

At the consortium meeting, new agreements on the “Asia Intercollegiate Cooperative Project for Nurturing Global Leaders in Sustainable Infrastructure Development” were signed between the three universities. Nagasaki University’s Graduate School of Engineering, and both of Shandong University’s School of Civil Engineering, School of Qilu Transportation, and School of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Sungkyunkwan University’s School of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Based on these agreements, memorandums of understanding for student exchange were also concluded at the same time. Agreements are scheduled to be concluded among the five universities by the end of this academic year, including Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Laos.

At the opening of the consortium meeting, Nagasaki University’s Trustee Prof. Ito gave an opening address, expressing her enthusiasm for the success of the Global Human Resource Development Project. Later, Prof. Han Shenghao, Vice President of Shandong University, and Prof. Kyung-Soo Jun, Dean of the Graduate School of Water Resources, Sungkyunkwan University, as well as representatives from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Nanyang Technological University, and the Faculty of Engineering in National University of Laos delivered remarks. The representatives expressed their aspirations for the Campus Asia Project Mode 3 implementation and for strengthening collaboration among the five universities.

2022.03.07

~Promoting the Establishment of the Asian Higher Education Community (tentative name) – Participation in the Liaison Meeting of Participating Universities

On March 7, Associate Professor Suzuki, the faculty member in charge of our program, and two administrative staff members participated in a liaison meeting, which was held online by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for universities participating in the Inter-University Exchange Project.

The 3rd Mode of the Inter-University Exchange Project has started this academic year. In addition to the previously participating three countries (Japan, China, and Korea), the project is now expanding its efforts to include new partnerships with universities in ASEAN countries. The main purpose of this meeting was to share issues and points to be improved among the participating universities in order to further accelerate and develop the project initiatives.

At the liaison meeting, representatives from MEXT, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS), and the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE), as well as the 17 selected universities participating in the 3rd Mode presented their programs and shared information and exchanged opinions about difficulties and challenges, especially regarding the 3rd Mode applications.

In the current situation of the spread of corona infection, issues such as online joint degrees, student activeness, and government support for ASEAN countries are common issues in the implementation of the program, and at Nagasaki University we found this meeting is very meaningful to help develop the program in the future.

2019.09.30

Nagasaki University welcomed three long-term exchange students based on the Double Degree Program and two short-term exchange students based on the Credit Transfer System.

Following the departure of outbound students in early September, Nagasaki University accepted five exchange students including three DD students from Shandong University, China and two short-term students from Sungkyunkwan University, Korea.

In a similar way as last year, an introductory program was organized in September for all exchange students before the third quarter began. On September 5, the students attended an orientation hosted by Associate Professor Seiji Suzuki to learn about the university in general and to be informed on their class schedule and assignment of their supervisors and laboratories. International coordinators of this project warmly welcomed the students and provided more detailed information such as necessary procedures and precautions on daily life in Japan.

As part of the introductory program, basic Japanese lessons as well as recreational activities and off-campus tours with Japanese students were offered to help the students get accustomed to life in Japan smoothly. In addition, the exchange students participated in a field trip to visit infrastructure construction sites in late September with the third graders of the School of Engineering. This overnight trip was organized to visit two sites a day, or four sites in total: Shinhimi-Tunnel construction site, Koishihara River Dam construction site, Hakusui Reservoir Dam and Kumamoto Earthquake restoration site (Aso Bridge area). It must have inspired those students in civil engineering to see the technology and ideas behind infrastructure maintenance in Japan, which aim to prevent and recover from disasters. The trip also served as a great opportunity to make friends with Japanese students, including those who had participated in the Summer School Program in FY2018.

Nagasaki University will continue to support the exchange students to make their study and research at Nagasaki as meaningful as possible in the next six or twelve months.


2019.09.01

Two Japanese students started the short-term exchange program based on the credit transfer system.

The student exchange for the CAMPUS Asia Program 2019 has been fully started in September. In the middle of rainy days in early September, two Japanese students accompanied by international coordinators departed from Nagasaki for Shandong University, China and Sungkyunkwan University, Korea respectively.

After going through the administrative procedures for course and dormitory registration, each student paid a visit to his supervisor and other staff members who would support his student life during the exchange program. Both students were greeted with warm welcome from host universities, which seemed to have reduced their initial tension. They are currently leading a fulfilling student life without any problem. Nagasaki University will continue to provide assistance to contribute to their fruitful experience during the six months’ program.


2019.08.18

The 11th Round Table Meeting for the CAMPUS Asia Program was held at Qingdao campus of Shandong University.

On August 18, 2019, the 11th Round Table Meeting for the CAMPUS Asia Program was held at Qingdao campus of Shandong University, China. Six representatives from Nagasaki University, led by Professor Akihide Tada, participated in the meeting. Five representatives led by Professor Kyungsoo Jun from Graduate School of Water Resources, Sungkyunkwan University, also attended the meeting with many staff members of School of Civil Engineering and School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University.

The meeting covered various topics, including, among others, updated status of student mobility in FY2019, progress of the joint curriculum “International Course in Civil Infrastructure Maintenance,” and master thesis review policy for the Double Degree Program. Furthermore, Shandong University shared the final report of Monitoring+ conducted by the Ministry of Education in China, which led to active discussion on the future development of the project. After the meeting, outbound students in FY2018 and their supervisors talked in-depth about their research progress.

In FY2019, 62 students from three universities in total have participated in this project, including Summer School Program, Long-Term Exchange based on the Double Degree Program and Short-Term Exchange based on the Credit Transfer System. Their common objective is to learn about infrastructure maintenance and management in each country through deep interaction with faculty and students in partner universities.

During the meeting, three universities agreed to start preparing for the joint curriculum “International Course in Civil Infrastructure Maintenance” in FY2020, which will offer special lectures by invited lecturers from other universities. Another consensus was made as to the master thesis review policy including time schedule, review requirements and practical method, for the first DD students who will graduate in FY2019.

Since the Double Degree Program is one of the highlights of the project, it is highly expected that the DD students will successfully complete the program by submitting two master thesis and passing the final oral examination. We also look forward to their future career as global leaders.


2019.07.31

Pre-departure orientation was conducted for students participating in the Summer School Program in China and Korea.

On July 31, 2019, a pre-departure orientation was conducted for nine students participating in the Summer School Program at partner universities. This year, two undergraduate students from Nagasaki University will participate in the Summer School in Shandong University, China from August 13 to August 25, 2019. In the meantime, seven undergraduate students will be sent to Sungkyunkwan University, Korea from August 10 to August 21, 2019.

Following the encouraging comment from Professor Akihide Tada, Program Manager of the Graduate School of Engineering, Nagasaki University, international coordinators provided detailed explanation about their stay in China and Korea, including life tips, daily schedule and some items to prepare before departure. To be better prepared for risks of studying abroad, the students were encouraged to read through the “Risk Management Guidebook” provided by Nagasaki University along with an emergency contact list. Further information about credit transfer system was given by an administrative staff at academic department.

Through cooperation and information sharing with host universities, our international coordinators will continue to provide flexible and tailored support to meet the students’ needs and to address their concerns about risk management and studying abroad in general.


2019.07.22

“Summer School Program on Infrastructure” was held at Nagasaki University.

Nagasaki University hosted the “Summer School Program on Infrastructure” for ten days from July 11 to July 20, 2019, with the main purpose of securing graduate students who will participate in the project after 2020. The Summer School was attended by 18 students from Shandong University, China and 12 students from Sungkyunkwan University, Korea. The participating students were graduate students or fourth grade undergraduates. They learned about the current situation of infrastructure development and maintenance in Japan though lectures all given in English. They were also very interested in the field trip to visit infrastructure related sites such as disaster restoration site at Mt. Unzen, unmanned work site at Mizunashi River and Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall. Some participants said that the trip gave them an opportunity to learn more deeply about the disaster experience unique to Nagasaki. Others said that their own experience of having visited these sites before class started had gave them an advantage in understanding the lecture contents much better.

In addition, Japanese language lessons were offered by international coordinators. Exchange opportunity was also organized to meet with Japanese students who would be sent to Shandong University and Sungkyunkwan University in August 2019 as part of the Summer School Program held at each university. For the purpose of understanding Japanese culture, the Chinese and Korean students experienced wearing kimono and attended a special lecture “Tezuka Osamu and Japanese Animation” by an invited lecturer from Nagasaki Prefectural University.

Despite the short period of ten days, the summer school participants have learned about the current situation of infrastructure development in Japan and enjoyed interacting with Japanese students and experiencing Japanese culture.


2019.07.11

Japanese outbound students attended the third TOEIC seminars.

From June 19 to July 10, 2019, a series of TOEIC seminars took place for four times at Bunkyo campus of Nagasaki University, led by an AEON English teacher. Seven outbound students who are going to take TOEIC tests on July 28, 2019 attended the seminars to improve their English skill. Two graduate students will start the Short-Term (six months) Exchange Program based on the credit transfer system from September 2019. The other five undergraduate students will participate in the Summer School Program on Infrastructure, starting on August 10 or 11.

Based on the distributed study materials in each seminar, students were asked to read out questions and check their answers each other. The lecturer then gave a detailed explanation. The focus of this seminar was to give practical exercise through repeated practice in answering actual TOEIC questions. Besides the TOEIC test preparation, dictation and shadowing practice was incorporated into the lecture as applicable. Many students said that the seminars had helped to dispel concerns about their English skills before studying abroad.