Apr. 23, 2021
Theory and Experimentation — pursuing international exchange on our own terms
Internationalization at the School of Science and Technology has been cultivated by the steady efforts of our teachers. Especially in recent years, education that embraces international exchange has been proceeding rapidly, with links set up with universities in South Korea and Malaysia. Our links with universities in South Korea have centered on collaborations on research reports and research exchanges at the postgraduate and staff level. International exchange with Malaysia has been proceeding with the opening of a transfer system for students from a school in Malaysia known as JAD. In addition to this, we have offered assistance to IT education at the National University of Laos in South–East Asia, and set up exchanges of education and research in India and Vietnam.
We are also developing staff research exchanges with countries such as Britain, France, Germany and Finland, in addition to continuing exchanges already in place with the USA, Australia and New Zealand. These exchanges might be small in scale, but they are exchanges which have built up close ties between the researchers, and have the potential to lead to greater things as we go into the future. The Global 30 project which we entered into last year, has given us the opportunity to put in place a board for the promotion of international collaboration within the school, and thanks to consensus right across all departments in the school we will be able to make major advances in the results which we have achieved so far.
We are seeking to achieve international exchanges which are unique to our school, and unlike those at other schools. Last year Meiji University opened its first satellite office at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and from there we are proactively showcasing the type of research we do at this school to attract local Asian study abroad students with efforts such as the MIMS showcase and the MEIJI–UTM Academic Forum. In addition to these efforts, the School of Science and Technology supported undergraduate students from Malaysia’s Petronas University of Technology and UTM when they visited Japan on the Japan Training Program. This year we also welcomed a group of seven science and technology teaching staff from Linköping University, one of Sweden’s national universities, who exchanged information across all departments at the School of Science and Technology.
As well as theory, our curriculum also puts a strong emphasis on experimentation, and going forward we also believe it is essential to deliver a hands–on English language curriculum that aims towards internationalization. Other schools in Meiji University are redeveloping the usual type of English lessons which concentrate on foreign countries, and it is essential for us too at the School of Science and Technology to actively pursue a program whose contents are suitable for us.