Successful exchange with students from seven overseas universities at YOSAKOI Summer School
The 6th YOSAKOI Summer School was held from August 4 to 13, 2017, with the support of the 2017 Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Science Plan) hosted by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
The summer school program began in 2012 as one of the university's globalization strategies. By inviting foreign students from overseas partner universities, we have initiated various exchanges for our students.
Seven overseas universities participated this year: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Germany's University of Stuttgart, Czech Republic's University of Hradec Králové, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Harbin Engineering University and Myanmar's Pathein University. There were a total of 14 overseas participants, two from each university.
Twenty-six KUT undergraduate students participated in the program: to enrich the exchange, three to four KUT students served as buddies for each university.
The overseas participants seemed to be greatly interested in Kochi Prefecture and in KUT's prominence in science and technology. Some students expressed a desire enter KUT's master's program after they graduate from their home university.
On August 11th, all members participated in the Yosakoi Festival, forming the "Yosakoi International Exchange Team" to experience Kochi's Yosakoi culture. One Czech student who participated as a dancer was fascinated by the festival despite the severe heat. She said "I realized that this is a world class festival to be proud of. I want to dance again."
After their ten-day stay in Kochi, the overseas participants seemed to have enjoyed their time and certainly felt the charm of Kochi and KUT. They all said they want to come back to Kochi and reconnect with the Japanese students who so kindly supported them.
On the other hand, the Japanese participants were also motivated to enter future international exchange activities to sustain the experience, friendships and confidence they gained in this program.
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