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2024.01.26

CAMPUS Asia Winter Short-Term Exchange Program in NAGASAKI

Six graduate students from Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Korea came to Nagasaki University (NU) to participate in “CAMPUS Asia Winter Short-Term Exchange Program in Nagasaki” from January 15th through 26th, 2024. The program was designed as part of CAMPUS Asia Program and those SKKU graduate students were accepted as “special research student” for two weeks.

The program mainly consisted of three parts: 1) lectures, 2) site visits, and 3) practical exercises at laboratory, and key themes were on Japan’s natural disaster and its reconstruction efforts, and also, watershed, soil and environment protection and management. After obtaining basic knowledge with lectures, students made a field trip to disaster-stricken Shimabara (volcanic eruption occurred in 1990) and Kumamoto (earthquake occurred in 2016) and witnessed the magnitude of natural disasters and learned how Japanese people responded and restored with advanced technologies to cope with the situation. Students were also assigned to two laboratories, i.e. Watershed Environment Lab and Structural Engineering Lab, and experienced practical exercises such as field study, experiment and data analysis.


Besides the lectures and lab exercises, cultural programs such as Japanese language lesson, Japanese food cooking, and student exchange session with NU students were also organized for better understanding of Japanese culture. During the private time, students were busy exploring Nagasaki and enjoyed eating Japanese cuisine, taking street cars and wandering around the city on their own.



On the last day of this program, three faculty members of SKKU attended in person to observe final presentation session, and students made group presentations on what they have learned and experienced during this program and how the program contributed to stimulate their intellectual curiosity. As some of them already expressed their interest in pursing their study-abroad in the future, we hope that many students at SKKU will become more familiar with CAMPUS Asia Program and participate in the program in the future.

2023.11.30

The 3rd Consortium Meeting for Nurturing Leading Infrastructure Engineer

The 3rd Consortium Meeting for Nurturing Leading Infrastructure Engineer was held on November 13, 2023 at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea and representatives from Sungkyunkwan University (Korea), Shandong University (China), National University of Laos (Laos), and the Graduate School of Engineering, Nagasaki University, participated in the meeting to discuss and exchange opinions on Campus Asia Program.

To begin with, the implementation report on FY2023 “Hybrid Short-Term Exchange Program” was made by this year’s host university, Shandong University. The overall result turned out to be a success with increased number of participants, and moreover, all the participants were able to travel to two other countries for taking part in the program in-person, and feedbacks from the students were overall favorable ones. Also, program report on FY2023 Double Degree Program was made by Nagasaki University, followed by an active discussion as to the current implementation status as well as some challenges and proposals related to Double Degree Program and Hybrid Short-Term Exchange Program.

As to the plan for 2024, all representatives agreed to launch the new program “ASEAN Expanded Short-Term Exchange Program” from FY2024 including Nanyang Technology University (Singapore) and National University of Laos, while continuing the existing Double Degree Program and Hybrid Short-Term Exchanging Program. Having the MOA between Nanyang University and Nagasaki University been concluded this year, Nagasaki University now plans to send two students to Nanyang University on trial basis starting from 2023.

Finally, the representatives discussed on “International Collaboration Laboratory”, which is a resource sharing system among participating universities, proposed by Assoc. Prof. NISHIKAWA of Nagasaki University to solicit effective utilization of resources, joint research, as well as co-hosting of symposium, etc. Representatives from China, Korea and Japan agreed to sign on the agreement by the end of 2023, and once this agreement is concluded, it is much-anticipated to boost the active research exchange not only among students but also among faculties of all participating universities.

2023.09.15

Double Degree Program students arrived in Japan!

In early September, three Double Degree exchange students from Shandon University, China arrived in Nagasaki to study for one year in the master program at Nagasaki University. This is the fourth year in a row that Nagasaki University accepts Double Degree students as part of CAMPUS Asia Project. On September 4, orientation was held to provide an overview of Nagasaki University, the schedule of classes to be held at Nagasaki University, and introduction of faculty members. In addition, the international coordinators explained in detail the procedures and important points to keep in mind for daily life in Japan.

Since the launch of the second mode, a pre-entrance education program has been held in every September for all international exchange students to enable them to smoothly attend lectures starting in October. As done in the previous year, elementary level Japanese language course as well as recreational activities with Japanese students were conducted to familiarize them with Japanese life. We are also planning Japanese infrastructure construction sites visits for the inbound international exchange students in the future, and we will do our utmost to support the students and make their education and research experience at Nagasaki University more valuable.

2023.09.01

Hybrid Short-Term Academic Exchange Program was Conducted

Hosted by Shandong University (China) in collaboration with Nagasaki University (Japan), Sungkyunkwan University (Korea), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and National University of Laos (Laos), the “Hybrid Short-Term Academic Exchange Program 2023” was conducted both online and in-person from July 15 through August 23, 2023. The number of participating students totaled to 28, including eleven from Shandong University (School of Civil Engineering, School of Qilu Transportation, and School of Environmental Science and Engineering), eight from Nagasaki University, eight from Sungkyunkwan University, and one from National University of Laos.

This program is one of the main features of Campus Asia Project, which deepens students’ insight into different cultures and other countries’ infrastructures through an academic exchange program that combines online study and actual travel abroad. In the first half of the program from July 15 to August 6, online lectures were delivered by faculty experts of the sustainable social infrastructure development in China, Japan, Korea and Singapore. Then, students actually traveled abroad to continue the second half of the program from August 6 to August 23, 2023. They visited Nagasaki University, Sungkyunkwan University, and Shandong University in sequence. Visiting multiple destinations is one of the unique benefits that the program offers.

From August 6 through 10, program delegates (eight students from Sungkyunkwan University, eight students and one staff member from Shandong University, and one student from National University of Laos) stayed in Nagasaki. Japanese students and eight alumni members from the second mode of Campus Asia Project had volunteered to support in planning and organizing the student-oriented program. It consisted of a special lecture on infrastructure, Japanese language lessons, lectures on Japanese history and culture, as well as group-working sessions. While acquiring specialized knowledge in the current status of infrastructure maintenance in Japan, the students enjoyed multicultural experience and got familiar with other participants and alumni members. Students from Nagasaki University took the leadership in the local city tour, visiting cultural and infrastructure-related sites in Nagasaki. Unfortunately, due to the typhoon, they had to cancel the visit to Mt. Unzen and Disaster Memorial Hall, but they had a great opportunity to experience Japanese culture and understand the social background of infrastructure development/maintenance in Japan.

Next, delegates (eight students and one staff member from Nagasaki University, and eleven students and one staff member from Shandong University) traveled to Korea to visit Sungkyunkwan University from August 11 to August 15. As part of a site tour of infrastructure-related facilities, the students visited the Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station. For the cultural experiences, they went on tour around Seoul’s ancient palace, Gyeongbokgung, and Bukchon Hanok Village which is known for traditional Korean style buildings. They also enjoyed the view from Namsan Seoul Tower, which helped them understand how the city has been developed, and visited some facilities within Sungkyunkwan University campus. The students were eager to learn about different cultures during their study abroad and actively interacted with students participating in Campus Asia Project, gaining valuable experiences.

Finally, delegates (eight students and one staff member from Nagasaki University, and eight students from Sungkyunkwan University) visited Shandong University, the host university of the program this year. At Shandong University, in addition to Chinese language and culture class, students attended professional lectures on civil engineering, irrigation engineering, and geotechnical engineering which were conducted based on the combined technical and practical expertise actually applied in China, Japan and Korea. A unique cultural program was also organized to visit Shandong University Museum, Chinese Traditional Culture Experience Center, Shandong Museum, and Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu, which facilitated deeper understanding of the history of Shandong University and its influential educational philosophy. Furthermore, visit to the Jinan Metro construction site and laboratories served as a great opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge in their professional field and gain insights into the future with a clearer understanding of the similarities and differences in the basic process of infrastructure construction among the three countries.

In the afternoon of August 22, group-work and presentation sessions were conducted, with online and offline participants and representatives from Japan, China and Korea. Students shared their experience and lessons learned through this hybrid program. After reviewing all individual and group presentations, one group and six members were selected and awarded with certificates.

This hybrid program was certainly a wonderful experience for participating students. A survey is being conducted, of which results will be posted on the website in a timely manner. It is hoped that these students will be further engaged in other programs, i.e., the “Hybrid Short-Term Exchange Program,” “ASEAN Expanded Short-Term Exchange Program,” and “Japan-China-Korea Double Degree Program” in the future.

2023.08.18

Presentation Session by Three Inbound DD Students

On August 2, 2023, three international students accepted from Shandong University based on the Double Degree Program (“DD Program”) as part of Campus Asia project delivered presentation on their achievement. Their supervisors, other faculty and administrative staff members concerned, as well as other students in the same laboratory attended in this presentation session.

Looking back on the past year at Nagasaki University, three international students shared their academic and research experiences, particularly the research activities and achievements on their master thesis work, and the status of progress in preparing for the interim report. They also talked about their personal memories with many photographs, including distinctive food they had tried in Nagasaki, daily life in the dormitory, their impression on Nagasaki in general, and how much they enjoyed traveling other cities in Japan.

In the survey conducted after the program, the students responded “satisfactory” or “good” to all questionnaire items. When asked about the changes they recognize before and after the program, they commented as follows: “This experience has changed my life tremendously. Through the exchange life, I gained opportunities to acquire basic English skills, meet many new different people, and learn about the world.” “In the international exchange, I have been blessed with many academic and research opportunities and have significantly improved my abilities in cross-cultural communication as well as Japanese language skills.” The survey result demonstrates that the exchange program at Nagasaki University has contributed to their personal growth and inspired them to explore the possibilities of studying in the doctoral course. It is a privilege for staff to see the positive impact of Campus Asia project.

At the conclusion of the session, Professor Tanabe, Head of the Water and Environmental Science Program, delivered a speech to appreciate the hard work and achievement of the international students. It is hoped that their experience at Nagasaki University will be a lifelong asset for their future, helping them to contribute to society as a bridge among Japan, China and Korea in the infrastructure industry. The students in the DD Program are expected to graduate from Nagasaki University in March 2024 after completing their master thesis in close collaboration with supervisors in both universities.

2023.07.26

4th Campus Asia Round Table Meeting

The 4th working-level round table meeting on Campus Asia project was held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on July 26, 2023. This meeting was conducted in a hybrid-style, with both in-person and online participants. Working-level representatives from Shandong University, Sungkyunkwan University, Nanyang Technological University, and National University of Laos, as well as faculty and staff members from the Graduate School of Engineering and the International Planning Division of Nagasaki University, participated in the meeting and actively discussed and exchanged opinions. For the first time since Covid-19 pandemic, faculty members from Shandong University were finally able to attend such an in-person meeting.

At this meeting, various topics were covered, including online lectures being conducted as part of the “Hybrid Short-term Program” this year. The attendees exchanged ideas on how to encourage the participating undergraduate and graduate students from various academic backgrounds to deepen their understanding of the lectures. Another challenge discussed was about whether the financial support could be provided to students from ASEAN universities to cover their travel expenses. Furthermore, with students from Shandong University participating in person for the first time, this year’s program is expected to bring more international exchange opportunities than ever. Other topics discussed included the number of exchanged students as well as the implemention status and challenges in the “JCK Double Degree Program” and the “Hybrid Short-term Program.”

Since the launch of the “International Collaboration Laboratory” office, Nagasaki University and Shandong University engaged in detailed discussion prior to entering into an agreement. Sungkyunkwan University also expressed its intention to join the agreement. Further preparation will be arranged to conclude the agreement before the end of this academic year. The “International Collaboration Laboratory,” as one of the key highlights of this program, is expected to play a vital role in promoting and expanding research among DD students and faculty members.

2023.04.17

Implementation Report for Academic Years 2021・2022 is published.

Two years have passed since “Mode 3” of this project was adopted, along with the worldwide spread of COVID-19 pandemic since 2019. While it has been difficult to study abroad, through trial and error among the five universities, more than 60 students have been able to participate in this project over the past two years. We strongly hope that these international activities of Nagasaki University will be widely recognized and appreciated, and that this will eventually lead to appropriate and sustainable mutually beneficial relations among Japan, China, South Korea, and ASEAN countries. We are pleased to present our implementation report for academic years 2021 and 2022. For details, please refer to the attached report.

The English Version of the Implementation Report for 2021・2022 is available here.

2023.04.13

Invitation to Information Sessions and Call for Applications of the following programs: “Japan-China-Korea Double Degree Program”, “Hybrid Short-Term Academic Exchange Program”, and “English Skill Improvement Seminar” in the Academic year 2023.

We will hold information sessions on the ” Japan-China-Korea Double Degree Program,” “Hybrid Short-Term Academic Exchange Program”, and “English Skill Improvement Seminar” of the Campus Asia Program, which will be implemented in 2023 Academic year, on the dates below. You are most welcome to join if:
– you are considering studying abroad, or
– you want to be able to speak English for studying abroad, or,
– you want to be able to speak English but not interested in studying abroad.

For more information, five information sessions will be held as follows. Advance application is required.

Date & Time:4/24 (Mon), 4/25 (Tue), 4/26 (Wed), 4/27 (Thu) 12:10-12:40
   4/28 (Fri) 16:10-17:00
Venue:Civil Eng. Course Meeting Room, 3rd floor, Engineering Bldg. No. 1, Faculty of Engineering
Eligibility:All students of Faculty of Engineering and Graduate School of Engineering.

※The information session is open to all students from 1st year undergraduates to M2 students.
※The DD program is for M1 students, while the Hybrid Short-Term Program and English Seminar are available for students of all grades.
※English skill improvement seminar will be offered throughout the year.

【For pre-registration in information session URL・QR code】
https://forms.office.com/r/ngsxsCg2zy

We are looking forward to meeting you

For Inquiry:Please contact Campus Asia Secretariat
        campus_asia@ml.nagasaki-u.ac.jp
2022.09.22

Double Degree Program and Short-Term Study Abroad Program students came to Japan!

In early September, four Double Degree exchange students in total arrived in Nagasaki. Three students from Shandong University in China, and one from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea Will study at Nagasaki University for one year, and six months, respectively.

On September 5, orientation was held to provide an overview of Nagasaki University, the schedule of classes to be held at Nagasaki University, and introduction of faculty members. In addition, the international coordinators explained in detail the procedures and important points to keep in mind for daily life in Japan.

A pre-entrance education program was held during September for all international exchange students to enable them to smoothly attend lectures starting in October. Mainly elementary level Japanese language course was provided, as well as recreational activities with Japanese students to familiarize them with Japanese life.

We are also planning Japanese infrastructure construction sites visits for the inbound international exchange students in the future, and we will do our utmost to support the students and make their education and research experience at Nagasaki University more valuable.

2022.09.20

Start of Hybrid Short-Term Academic Exchange Program

The “Hybrid Short-Term Academic Exchange Program”, which is added in the third mode, finally started in August. This program is one of the main features of Campus Asia Project, which deepens students’ insight into different cultures and other countries’ infrastructures through an academic exchange program that combines online study and actual travel abroad.

This year, while taking into consideration the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic, we planned to conduct lectures and exercises both online and optionally in person. About 30 students from Shandong University (China), Sungkyunkwan University (Korea), Nagasaki University (Japan), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and National University of Laos (Laos) are participating in the program, and a total of 34 lectures are planned.

From August 21 to 26, six students and five faculty members from Sungkyunkwan University and two students and one faculty member from National University of Laos visited Nagasaki. Two alumni from the second mode of Campus Asia also participated and cooperated in arrangements and planning of the trip contents and hosting of inbound student participants. There was student exchange meeting in English in which there was an overview about the status of infrastructure development and introduction of the activities of alumni after graduation. and conducted a site tour of the city under the planning of Nagasaki University students. Nagasaki University students planned and guided visitor students in a tour to sites in Nagasaki city. During the site visit, participants visited infrastructure construction sites such as the Honmyo River, the Unzen Fugendake volcanic disaster restoration construction site, and the Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall, providing an opportunity to understand the social background of Japanese infrastructure and Japanese culture. During the exchange meeting among the faculty members, there was a lively exchange of views on the project, its progress, and future challenges for student exchange. During the exchange meeting among faculty members, there was a lively exchange of views on the project, its progress, difficulties, and future challenges for student exchange.

On the other hand, four undergraduate and graduate students went from Nagasaki University to Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from September 8 to September 15, and three undergraduate and graduate students went to Sungkyunkwan University in Korea from September 14 to September 19. During the study abroad period in Singapore, outbound students visited modern infrastructure facilities in the city and learned about systematic urban planning. At Nanyang Technological University, our students exchanged views with host doctoral students from the graduate program and visited experimental facilities and laboratories related to the latest infrastructure technologies. During the study abroad period in Korea, students visited infrastructure-related facilities, Gangcheonbo Reservoir and Chungju Dam. For the cultural experiences, the students went on tour around Seoul’s ancient palace, Gyeongbokgung, and old town of Bukchon, as well as Sungkyunkwan University and Hwaseong Fortress. The students were eager to learn about different cultures during their study abroad this time and actively interacted with students participating in Campus Asia at Sungkyunkwan University and Shandong University, gaining valuable experiences.

Unfortunately, students from Shandong University were unable to participate in the actual travel exchange activities due to the restrictions related to the pandemic. However, students from Nagasaki University and Sungkyunkwan University, who participated in actual travel exchange activities shared what they learned in their trips abroad with other students who could not participate.

There will be presentations of the results of the program, where students will present what they experienced and learned through the online lectures and the in-person study abroad program.