2017.11. 7About KUT / Academics / Research / Students Life

The 6th International Symposium on Frontier Technology (ISFT) was held

The 6th International Symposium on Frontier Technology (ISFT) was held at Kochi University of Technology on November 5th-6th.

Kochi University of Technology (KUT) started Special Scholarship Program (SSP) in 2003 to support the advanced research of the university by enlisting the help of highly capable doctoral students especially from foreign countries. The Chinese branch and Thai branch of KUT Alumni Association were established in 2006 when the first SSP students graduated. After one year later, the Chinese branch held the first International Symposium on Frontier Technology (ISFT) in Shenyang, China. At present, over150 SSP graduates are playing active roles in various academic fields in many countries, and the network has most certainly become larger and larger. ISFT is held every two years to provide a place for the exchange of innovative ideas and cutting-edge information among SSP graduates and many researchers from all around the world. In 2017, the Chinese branch, the Thai branch and KUT jointly hosted the 6th symposium in KUT to celebrate the special occasion of the 20th anniversary of KUT as well as to offer the chance to explore international or interdisciplinary collaboration among participants.

More than 50 SSP graduates and their family and good friends from our partner universities came from overseas and there were more than 120 participants including KUT professors and currents students.

The symposium started with opening remarks by KUT President Masahiko Isobe, Representative of China Branch, KUT Alumni Association Prof. Liu Tao, and Representative of Thai Branch, Dr.Saratchai Ongprasert. Then, Prof. Cheon, Dean of KUT Graduate School of Engineering gave the opening speech titled by "KUT now and then". Seven parallel sessions were concurrently held. At each session, participants discussed enthusiastically about their latest research and exchanged their opinions.

On November 6th, study tour was also held. They visited new Eikokuji campus, KUT and Kochi's famous sightseeing places. They were curious with exploring Eikokuji campus which were not built yet when they were students. And, they enjoyed visiting Kochi's tourist spots with the memories of the good old days.

KUT will continue to accelerate to international exchange and produce graduates who can play active roles in various fields all over the world.