The 9th International Summer School in Biosphere Science was held from September 7 to September 13, 2016, aiming to share up-to-date scientific knowledge and techniques in the biosphere sciences with students and young academic staffs from MOU universities and partner universities of our graduate school.
This year, a total of 14 students or young academic staffs joined from Pukyong National University (South Korea), Chonnam National University (South Korea), Tunghai University (Taiwan), Airlangga University (Indonesia), Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), Nong Lam University (Viet Nam), Myeik University (Myanmar), University of the Philippines Visayas (Philippines), University of Brothers Mentouri (ex. Constantine 1) (Algeria) and University of Malawi (Malawi).
This year’s international summer school was approved as a Japan Science and Technology Agency project “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science” same as the last two years.
On the first day, September 7, a welcome ceremony was conducted. The summer school participants and students of the Graduate School of Biosphere Science introduced themselves.
In the afternoon, they visited some laboratories of the Graduate School of Biosphere Science.
After visiting laboratories, an international exchange reception party hosted by HU students was held. The participants made a presentation regarding their countries and universities at the party.
For the following two days, they selected and joined one of the scientific program works (Fisheries and Marine Biology program, Domestic Animal Science program, Food Chemistry and Nutrition program, Applied and Cellular Biology program), learning and experiencing cutting-edge knowledge and techniques in related scientific fields with the help of Japanese student assistants.
< Fisheries and Marine Biology program >
< Domestic Animal Science program >
< Food Chemistry and Nutrition program >
< Applied and Cellular Biology program >
On September 10, a study tour to two UNESCO world heritage sites (Atomic-bomb dome in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima Island) was conducted to learn about Hiroshima’s elegant and tough history.
Study tours to private companies were also conducted.
On September 12, they visited Otafuku Sauce Co., Ltd which is the top company manufacturing and selling of sauce used for Japanese traditional food ‘Okonomiyaki’.
Before visiting the sauce factory, they had an experience of Okonomiyaki making at this special facility in the Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Building. It was first time for everyone to cook and have Okonomiyaki. They enjoyed Hiroshima's local dish very much. Then, they visited the sauce factory and observed the most advanced technology for sauce production.
On the final day, September 13, the information session was organized to introduce the Graduate School of Biosphere Science. In the session, admission information was provided and an international student of our graduate school and a researcher of Hiroshima University talked about their experience of studying and campus life at Hiroshima University.
After the information session, they visited Stake Corporation in Higashi-Hiroshima City, which is a leading company for manufacturing grain processing machineries, and observed the most advanced technology for their production.
In the afternoon, a farewell ceremony was conducted, and a certification was handed by the Dean.
Finally, the summer school was closed by the Farewell Party at the modern university cafeteria "La Place".
After spending fruitful time in Hiroshima, the participants left Japan for their country with lots of memories.
< Comments by the summer school participants >
* I am very interested in this program and I got many information and knowledge here. I hope I can get the opportunity to come here again and join in other programs. I am very happy to join in the Food Chemistry and Nutrition program. (Indonesia)
* The 9th International Summer School of the Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University is absolutely good program for international student exchange. It is very well-organized. I’ve gained valuable knowledge and experiences. I hope that I will have a chance to go to Hiroshima University to study Ph.D program in food science field. (Vietnam)
* I like this exchange program that gave me many experiences. We can contact people from different countries, exchange culture and then we can learn Japan living standard and their concentration on their job. I imagine Japanese spirits. All are very kind, smart and all persons keep a gentle smile on their faces. I appreciate that. The most interesting thing is laboratory works and complete facilities. I hope to join in Hiroshima University in the future. (Myanmar)
* I really had a great time here in Hiroshima. I leaned about Japanese culture and the culture of other countries as expected from this summer school. I especially like our program works in Fisheries as we learned about the traditional and conventional ways of research. Our stay here was even made more special by the students who welcomed us warmly.
All in all, I am more than happy to be here and will definitely think about going to the Graduate School here. I thank everyone who made this summer school possible. (Philippines)
* All the program works and study tours were very amazing and helpful to us. In my opinion, the overall program really encouraged me to study in Japan, especially at Hiroshima University. The study tours helped me appreciate the culture, tradition and the common things revolving around Japan. Even for just a short time, I really did enjoy. I learned tons of things and I’m very amazed with the laboratory facilities in Hiroshima University. Japanese people are so polite and kind. Generally, I have a very good experience and I definitely wish to come back here in Japan and to study at Hiroshima University. (Philippines)
* The exchange program was great and inspiring. The information given was very motivating. I enjoyed the laboratory experience and study tours. Making of Hiroshima Okonomiyaki was a highlight. I suggest a small session of Japanese language, just to introduce some words to the foreigners (eg. How to say Hello). The whole program was a success. Thank you! (Malawi)