Begin On-campus Teacher Training for inaugural students in Global Rotation Program for Engineering Education Centered on ASEAN and African countries
05 Jul 2019
In order to promote higher education in ASEAN and African countries, TUT welcomes local faculty members who are yet to earn a degree as doctoral program international students and provides a special education program for educating these faculty members (MEXT 2017 selected program "Special Program for Priority Placement of Government Funded International Students"). In 2018 October, TUT accepted eight exchange students from Rwanda, Tanzania and Indonesia as inaugural students of this program.
Teacher training was conducted as a component of lectures on applied linguistics (run by Prof. Mineo Ikematsu).
During the lecture, the invited faculties from ASEAN and African countries discussed issues relating to sustainable development goals (SGDs) in their countries, and groups of international students and Japanese students discussed ways of dealing with these issues.
The following week, the groups gave presentations on the solutions that they had discussed.
Topics relating to SDGs, such as water shortages and natural disasters, are problems that affect all of mankind regardless of culture. For the students, these activities were a great opportunity to deepen their understanding of multifaceted problems and intercultural issues.
The program also gave students an opportunity to learn about teaching methods for students with different cultural backgrounds while becoming more familiar with Japan's education system.
The program is expected to continue for three more years.