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SAKURA Science Plan 2015

              From July 26th to August 4th, a group of 4 undergraduate students and 6 graduate students from engineering departments of Shanghai Jiao Tong University have visited Chiba University. This study abroad program was organized by SJTU-CU ICRC in Chiba University with financial support by JST Sakura Science Plan. The program aimed to provide talented Chinese students who will play an important role in future science and technology in China with opportunity of international communication with Japanese students and faculties, site visits of Japanese national research institutes and local industries, and experience of Japanese traditional culture in order to promote their understanding of Japanese science and technology and culture that will lead to the basis of friendly relationship between both countries.

SJTU students in front of the main gate of Chiba University

              The program consisted of scientific lectures in English by SJTU-CU ICRC faculties, lab tours, research presentation session with Japanese students, experience of Japanese traditional culture, and site visit outside the campus. Welcome party was also hosted by the Japanese students and students from both universities communicate in English in casual style. 

Scientific lectures in English (left) and research presentation session with Japanese students (right)

              For Japan culture experience, a workshop of Japanese summer kimono and Origami was hosted by Chiba University Lifelong Learning Group “Keyaki Club” and Chiba University International Education Center. 

A workshop of Japanese summer kimono and Origami by “Keyaki Club”

              We went outside the campus and visited RIKEN Advanced Center for Computing and Communication, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Kikkoman soy sauce museum, TEPIA, and Miraikan, where they learned Japanese science and technology in researches and industries.

Visit to TEPIA (left) and RIKEN (right)

              Even with extreme heat during the program, the weather was always fine and the program safely ended. According to answers for follow-up questionnaire, there are a lot of voices willing to visit Japan again. We believe that the aim of this program of harvesting understanding of Japan and friendly relationship between China and Japan has been successfully achieved. In addition, this program was valuable opportunity of international communication not only for SJTU students but also for CU students who participated in the presentation session and supported site visits. We sincerely appreciate JST, Chiba University, and all the participants in this program. 

SJTU students and CU students and professors at a farewell party