Academic Exchange with Hiroshima University Motivates ME Undergraduates

30 September, 15 Japanese students gave group presentations on their impressions about NCU andTaiwanin a conference room of Mechanical Engineering Building.


Most of them are mechanical engineering majors fromHiroshimaUniversity; for the past two weeks, they have been studying and living on campus with NCU professors and students of Mechanical Engineering Department.


Two months earlier, it was a group of 16 NCU students visitingHiroshimaUniversity. They have attended lectures, toured in enterprises and local factories; before leaving the country, they have also presented their research projects prepared during a whole semester to Japanese students and teachers.


This mutual academic exchange program between the two colleges of engineering was brought into being in 2007, after several academic visits made by Mechanical Engineering professors in westJapan.


Funded by “The Top University Project” of Ministry of Education, the program focuses on providing undergraduates with occasions to go abroad in the hope of sharpening their English skills and broadening their horizons.


Teamed up in pairs, students who take Seminar in their course schedule should come up with ideas about their future project and refine it progressively. Towards the end of the semester, they’ll bring forth a fully-developed one, presented in English, and then be evaluated by the members of Course and Teaching Committee.


To make students well-prepared for both the evaluation and the possible visit abroad, extra courses concerning English skills are also available for them. Professors will instruct the techniques about writing abstracts and how to excel in English speaking when it comes to project presentation.


According to Professor Shu-San Hsiau (蕭述三), Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department, the program, highly-acclaimed among past participants, has attracted more and more students over the years. It is very delightful to see that students become much more motivated and devoted to their studies.


Hiroshima University representatives also regard highly of the mutual communication. After the final presentations, Professor Yamada expressed gratitude for the hospitality they enjoyed on campus, and hoped that the program would continue the academic and cultural exchange, with extensive cooperation between both universities for the future.