From ETU to Japan: cooperation with engineering universities in Asia
ETU delegates will take part in the Joint Workshop for Global Engineers in Asia at Ritsumeikan University in Japan.
Ritsumeikan University (Shiga Prefecture, Japan), specifically Biwako-Kusatsu Campus, is the place where the Joint Workshop for Global Engineers in Asia will take place on July 23–28th 2018. Five Asia-Pacific engineering universities are attending: Ritsumeikan University (Japan), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia), Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia) and King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok (Thailand). The only participant from Russia and Europe will be St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”.
The workshop will be promoting mutual networking and exchange between staff, researchers and students of the five universities. It will be aimed at supporting and developing communication, leadership and planning skills in students who speak different languages, with different cultural backgrounds and research interests. Student-participants will be able to improve their recognition and knowledge of Japanese culture as well as their English abilities.
The ETU delegation will consist of professors, under- and postgraduate students: Maria A. Kiseleva, Head of the International Academic Mobility Department; Anna Y. Glazova, Assistant of the Biomedical Engineering Department; Ilya N. Skrigan, Postgraduate student of the Electrotechnology and Converter Engineering Department; Bair S. Buyantuev, Postgraduate student of the Department of Radio Microelectronic and Radio Equipment Technology; Andrey Tabakov, student of the School of Computer Science and Technology (Department of Computer Science and Engineering); Nikolai Kuznetcov, student of the School of Electronics .
Participants of this workshop will make reports on topical issues of engineering education and state-of-the-art technological development, take part in thematic parallel sessions and discuss perspectives of joint research. Excursions to laboratories, campus and an industrial visit are also on the agenda.
Maria A. Kiseleva, Head of the International Academic Mobility Department is listed as a speaker of the “Life Shift Workshop” named after Lynda Gratton’s the 100 Year Life. The workshop will give the participating students a unique opportunity to share the stories from 5 different cultures: Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia and Thailand. The students majoring in science and engineering will mingle and discuss their life strategies while long life can provide for more diverse options and possibilities.
Young researchers and students from ETU will present their reports on state-of-the-art R&D in biomedical engineering, terahertz technologies, nuclear security modeling and other priority R&D areas of ETU. Moreover, they will be able to upgrade their cross-cultural communication skills during discussions with people of different nationalities, as well as during excursions and leisure activities.
ETU managed to receive such an important invitation to this international event by establishing new inter-university contacts at the APAIE (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education) Conference & Exhibition 2018.
“Japanese people do not usually engage with foreigners easily. However, our knowledge of Japanese culture and experience of international negotiations helped us to attract attention of Ritsumeikan University. As a result, we signed an agreement during the APAIE Conference and Exhibition.“
The cooperation agreement between Ritsumeikan University and ETU establishes staff and student exchange, joint conferences and research projects. The first step in this direction was participation of 5 under- and postgraduate students in the Joint Workshop for Global Engineers in Asia hosted by Ritsumeikan University. The participants were selected by competition held at engineering schools of ETU.