I was given an opportunity to go to Kyushu Institute of Technology (KYUTECH) for a mobility programme during my last semester and at the same time I need to do an internship under Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. The programme was designed as a 3 months period, and I should attend the programme from early of February until end of May. But since the pandemic of Covid-19, I just stayed at Fukuoka, Japan for about two months only.
When I arrived at the Fukouka Internatinal Airport, one of the labmates in KYUTECH fetched me and he introduced me to the area and dropped me at one of the apartment near the institute given by KYUTECH for me to accommodate there. The supervisor that supervised me during the internship was Prof. Dr. Yoshito Ando, and there were a few Malaysian postgraduates there and they helped me a lot during my stays there. I was assigned a project that I need to complete before going back to Malaysia and the project that I did as to synthesize a Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) for a few interesting applications. I managed to learn on how to handle a few analytical instruments that I cannot access easily and not available at my faculty such as XRD, FESEM, TGA and FTIR. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn research a project in a different country and climate for more than 8 weeks, and I enjoyed seeing the similarities and nuances in laboratory practice. Here I must plan for tasks and presentations individually compared to when I’m doing a group assignments and the same time a good thing for me as I could learn on how to work independently in the real working life later. I think I can solve problems myself and I have gained trust. The programme was an eye-opener and helped me to develop my knowledge of research application and methodology. I would certainly apply what I have learned in my future career. The putting together of qualitative and quantitative methods to advance my career in the future is one of the main methodological challenges facing the field of international education.
Japan is, to me, a land of inspiration. Beauty lies in everything, from the Japanese language to elegant types of art, but on the surface this beauty is not apparent. To fully understand it, one must carefully observe and learn about Japan. Since I went there during winter, I managed to experience a very cold weather and enjoyed my first snowflakes ever! The weather makes me shivered every night and I really enjoy the differences between Malaysia and Japan weather. My new friends introduced me to Japanese food and the most famous food that I really enjoyed is sushi. I was excited about Japanese nature's beauty and diversity and fulfilled my dream of exploring the world. Once again, all my senses are awoken, as if I were seeing the beautiful pink sakura flower of winter, eating a plate of fresh sushi and meditating in a peaceful temple. I want to be a global citizen. I enjoy discovering various cultures, knowing different customs and learning languages and engaging in them. My experience gave me confidence boost. I learned to live on a budget and to be more attentive to my surroundings so as not to get lost. At the end of the day it's a balance between learning, handling yourself and social life. The joy of being alone is still there, what most people fear. Being happy when alone frees you. One way for me to develop, mature and learn to become more independent adults is to participate in an exchange programme.
This programme provides me a global experience for international student like me which will improve my adaptability. It also helps to increase cross-cultural skills in international networking, and promotes critical thinking and learning. Participation in mobility programmes allows me to abandon my comfort zone. The internationalization of Japanese curriculum and students is gradually emphasized by universities. This growth is in line with developments in tertiary education in a globalized world that recognizes the importance of an international perspective and cross-cultural competences. Hence, even though I have a difficulties communicating with them due to language barrier, but the students and lecturers tried to make me understand each of every thing they taught me clearly.
This programme enable undergraduate and postgraduate students to attend short-term training abroad and to gain an international perspective in the context of their curriculum. In addition to being a domestic approach to internationalisation, mobility is also a catalyst of compatibility and benchmarking with international standards in terms of delivering education and student facilities, teaching standards, and accreditation of courses and degree programmes. Local students are given the opportunity to connect with international students from different socio-cultural and educational backgrounds through inbound mobility activities , particularly one-semester mobility activities. The experience of those in class can be influenced by the presence of only a few foreign students. Mobility programmes support the internationalisation goal of an institution, enhance inter-university partnerships and increase the presence of the institution abroad.
As a Malaysian student, it's the experience of information sharing and cultural exchange. Inbound mobility students for the universities add to the diversity of foreign students on campus and boost the institution's profile. Knowledge-sharing and cultural exchange between students are also beneficial to the university, which is more evident through research collaboration. Regardless of whether the student is an outgoing or incoming mobility researcher, the student mobility programme provides participants with a number of advantages. As part of a degree programme, overseas exposure will enrich the university experience of a student academically and socially, expand perspectives and increase job prospects. This mobility programme is tailored to the objective of the university participating abroad. This is to ensure that students have a unique and advantageous experience in the relevant field of research, from cultural exchange to best practices. The advantage of student mobility programmes goes beyond academics, since they are not only limited to in-class learning but are intended to introduce students to a different curriculum and cultural background.
This is how I remember Japan in a few words: stunning natural scenery, entrancing old streets and buildings, special and exciting culture and delicious food. Speaking of them in the past will carry me back to a certain point in time.
Date of Input: 03/11/2020 | Updated: 25/11/2020 | sitiafiqah
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