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Overview of “Tokyo Institute of Technology International Research Opportunities Program (TiROP)” - Season One: 2012 Jeffrey S. Cross, Kikuo Kishimoto, Masahiko Hara, and Hisakazu MiharaIn the fall of 2011, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) issued multimilliondollar awards to fund the establishment of programs between Japanese universities with Asianuniversities (Type A grant) and American/European (Type B grant) institutions under the “Re-inventing Japan Project”. The objective of the project is to create model programs thatultimately will increase the number Japanese students studying overseas because it hasdecreased by half over the past 10 years. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) was one ofseven Japanese institutions that received a 5 year grant to promote bilateral student mobilitywith US/EU/Asian research universities under project entitled, “World-Class UniversityAlliance for Educating Techno-Scientific Leaders”. The timing of this grant was fortuitousbecause American students are showing greater interest in studying Japan. (For example,approximately 7000 American students study in Japan yearly with a 10%/yr growth rate.) Thegrant led to the formation of the Tokyo Tech International Research Opportunities Program(TiROP) within the international office. A 10 week summer program was created that consistedof special lectures, Japanese language instruction, off-campus activities such as factory tours,joining a faculty members’ laboratory to conduct a research project and orally presenting theresults of the research. The student’s travel, housing and living expenses were provided by thegrant. The first cohort of 15 summer exchange students came to Tokyo in June 2012. A website(http://www.ipo.titech.ac.jp/tirop/) and closed-group facebook page were launched to provideinformation as well as to serve as a program archive. Tokyo Tech’s Japanese and internationalgraduate students were assigned to host the exchange students and provide support. Theexchange students’ evaluation of the summer program revealed a high level of satisfaction butalso noted areas for improvement particularly a need for pre-arrival Japanese languageconversational ability, a need for joint activities with Japanese students, and more Japanesecultural activities. Japanese students that hosted the exchange students noted they need toimprove their English conversation ability. Simultaneously, 15 Tokyo Tech Japanese studentshave been dispatched to overseas universities in 2012. In this paper, the learning outcomes forthe 2012 program and plans for the 2013 program will be discussed.
Cross, J. S., & Kishimoto, K., & Mihara, H., & Hara, M. (2013, June), Overview on the “Tokyo Institute of Technology International Research Opportunities Program (TiROP)” - Season One: 2012 Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22339
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