Norway-Japan exchange program, “Workshop in Toyama”, was carried out
On June 11 2018, the University of Toyama (UT) held a workshop, where 7 graduate students and 3 teachers from UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø) and more than 10 graduate and undergraduate students from Faculty of Science of UT attended. UiT has concluded an exchange agreement with UT in 2016. This event was planned and implemented by Center for Far Eastern Studies, Organization for Promotion of Research, UT, with the support from Department of Environmental biology and chemistry (UT), National Museum of Ethnology, and National Institute of Polar Research.
At the workshop, students learned a lot about the functions and ecosystem diversities of mountains in Japan and Toyama, and considered sustainable use of forest resources in Northeast Asia by comparing the two countries. After listening to the lectures of five speakers in the morning section, students from both countries paired up to discuss each issue given, summarized and reported their opinions together.
A workshop is a type of interactive "problem-oriented” training, and participants work actively on issues. Students of UT, who had few opportunities to speak English in daily life, got help from the teachers of UT who became a facilitator, and repeatedly discussed the topics. As a result, they became much more open minded and got closer to each other. In the end, they made a great progress and could give such wonderful reports. To use English as a communication tool, it is required to understand each other's cultures and to deal with various problems that will become more serious in the future. The workshop brought the students mutual understanding of their common issues they should solve, and they got a great hint on how to practice internationalization of education. The development of further collaboration for their common interests is expected.
The video of workshop is now available on the following website.
Norway-Japan Workshop in Toyama (June 11)