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“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.