A Japanese Midsummer Dream in Ehime (22 July 2019 – 22 August 2019)

Report (Ms. Choo Jia Hsien, Short term exchange program 2019)

A Japanese Midsummer Dream in Ehime (22 July 2019 – 22 August 2019)

“It was a summer filled with joy, wonders and discovery. It was a burst of everything beautiful, the food, culture, people and nature, just like fireworks, all interwoven into one month of our midsummer dreams.”

Ehime University’s short-term summer exchange program was held in collaboration with University of Malaya, where twelve (12) students from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology were selected to participate. In one month, these Malaysian students partook in laboratory work and industrial visit, attended Japanese language classes, explored scenic places in and around Ehime prefecture and enjoyed various Japanese summer festivals.

 

Overview and Summary

Over the span of five weeks, we had a balance of work and fun. In the first week, we settled into Imaichi Share House. On the second day, we attended orientation briefing. We were provided with various handouts that included maps, Matsuyama guidebook and our important student identity cards. We were briefed on the schedule throughout the exchange, essential information and arrangements to obtain our bicycles. A welcoming speech was given by the program coordinator, Professor Hideaki Yasuhara. We were then ushered to our respective laboratories to be briefed by sensei and research mentor on our work and expected deliverables. We did some lab work on the first week.

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First look at our new university

On the second week, we continued with our assigned lab work. Additionally, we attended 1.5 hours of Japanese language lessons daily, taught by a few instructors. We had our industrial visit at Iseki & Co., Ltd., which manufactures state-of-the-art technologies on agricultural machineries. We were given a tour around manufacturing and assembly sites. We admired the wide array of equipment that were on display at Iseki Dream Museum. On the third week, we resumed our work, which were mostly in preparation for our presentation and report. Most of our presentations were held on Friday (9th August 2019). Throughout these three weeks, our weekends were spent by travelling and wandering to places in and out of Matsuyama.

Japanese lesson with our instructor

Visit to Iseki Dream Gllery, their latest state-of-the-art machine on display

Obon holiday week coincided with our fourth week. Most laboratories were closed as it was a national Japanese summer holiday. All of us utilised the free week to explore places beyond Ehime. Some of us visited areas around Hiroshima and Imabari while others visited Kansai region, Takamatsu and Tokushima prefecture.

In our final week, we had our completion ceremony on 20th August 2019, where all the exchange students were presented with certificates. A farewell lunch party was held after the ceremony, where all of the exchange students, their professors and research mentors were invited. We returned our bicycles on the following day. On the final day, we bade farewell and were given a warm send-off at Matsuyama Airport.

Snippets and details of favourite moments:

Experiencing my laboratory work and interacting with Japanese students (Choo)

This is the quintessence and the core of this exchange program. All of us were based in laboratories we have selected. Being academically inclined and an undergraduate research assistant myself, I was most interested in how Japanese researchers conduct their experiments, their work culture and work environment. Every exchange student was placed under a sensei for his or her laboratory work. I was under the supervision of Dr. Yamamuro and his student, Mr. Takasugi, a master degree student in his first year. My laboratory work was on synthesising silicon carbide (SiC).

The office environment, with a designated desk for my work

Experiments were conducted in laboratories but I spent most of my weekdays in the office with Dr. Yamamuro’s students. There were 16 of us in the office, they were either in their final year of their undergraduate degree or master degree students. At first, it was awkward for me as I was the only foreigner in the office. The biggest challenge was language barrier and cultural differences, but I felt right at home after a few days. During experiments, I was thoroughly guided by Dr. Yamamuro’s students. I observed that the equipment in the laboratory were well maintained and orderly. I also noted that students were meticulous in their work, paying attention to the smallest of details.

 My first week was spent on conducting experiments while the following week was focused on data analysis, studying and preparation for presentation. Throughout those two weeks, I had lots of fun learning from my office mates about everything in Japan. They were always enthusiastic, courteous, friendly, curious and above all, generous and kind. I was included in their weekly office clean up sessions where I helped to sweep the floor and throw out rubbish. I participated in weekly meetings with sensei and his students. One of the sensei’s students excitedly showed me his presentation for Open Campus and I was given explanation on his simple experiment on magnetism.

Lab work and some noodle exchange

A typical day entailed coffee break, fun chats with office mates and report writing. In between work, we shared with each other pictures of places, food and festivals. I was furnished with unique facts about Matsuyama, one of which is the fact that oranges grown here are most popular. With the aid of Google Translate, we exchanged stories of our own country. They taught me Japanese language and I taught them simple Malay greetings. I got to know their favorite songs, sports and most importantly, I practiced Japanese culture with them. There were always snacks in the office, whenever anyone came back from out of town. I was literally showered with a variety of Japanese snacks and sweets! This was the epitome of any exchange experience. My time at the office were loaded with laughter, joy, snacks, coffee and good vibes. They were always supportive of my experimental work, attending my final presentation and celebrated my achievement with a sumptuous lunch buffet near Okaido. This whole experience was easily the highlight of my entire exchange journey.

Group photo with sensei and lab mates (Ultimate Party People) after lunch party

 

Our activities and events around campus

The campus was buzzing and alive with a few events. In the first week, we attended Exchange Party (AINECS). The party was organized by the university to bring together local, international and exchange students together. It was a melting pot for people of many nationalities, complemented with performances from Ehime students and a mouthwatering palate of food and drinks. We met many local students, a few of whom we instantly made friends with.

Party environment and yummy food at AIENECS party

The warmth of summer in campus could be felt at Bon Dance Festival in the third week. The atmosphere was alive and bustling with traditional games, students in yukata, snacks and dessert at the booths. Students and staff gathered at the centre of the square and danced away to the melodies of the night. There was an air of excitement, harmony and fondness as we bonded with our friends and lab mates over dance and games.

Whenever we are not in our lab or office, we would spend our time exploring the university campus. We frequented the cafeteria for quick, delectable and healthy meals. We had lunch with our new friends here. Occasionally, we would also get our meals and nibbles from Costa convenience store. We would sometimes finish our work at the library. The campus was dotted with other departments, a museum and stores like Emica, which were all within easy reach by walking. The lushness and greenery of the campus provided relief to the blistering heat and a perfect setting for a stroll in the late afternoons.

The scenes and serenity in Ehime University

 

 

Imaichi Share House

Nestled in a quiet residential area, between Ehime University and Dogo Onsen, it was our home for a month. There, we met two other exchange students from Taiwan, both of whom are proficient in Japanese and were most helpful in our day-to-day living. Each of us were given our private rooms which was cozy and well furnished. It was like a dormitory, having to share utilities and common areas. This was a place where we shared stories of our laboratory and office with each other, cooked meals and played games. With our families being so far away, we had each other’s shoulders to cry and lean on, company to laugh with, a person to confide in.

View of the common area and a room in share house

It was a place for us to unwind after a long day. Of course, there were times when we had our inconveniences when we had to wait for our turn for certain utilities. However, the friendship we fostered over our stay was priceless. Most of us did not know each other before this exchange, and suddenly we were in each other’s world.

A usual day starts with a few of us preparing our breakfast, before heading out to the university for laboratory work. In the evenings,most of us would return to cook our dinner. The inn lodger, Ms. Sato, was very accommodating, sorting out any issues in the house despite hurdles in communication. We even celebrated Hari Raya Haji, a Malaysian festival, where we threw a feast consisting of homecooked Malaysian meals. Aromas of Rendang (meat dish) and chicken curry filled the common area, reminiscent of how an open house (house party) is like in Malaysia. We had Malaysian students from Ehime University over too. Truly, our home in Japan felt no different than our home in Malaysia.

Celebrating Hari Raya Haji in a home, far from home

 

 

Around Matsuyama

A city steeped in history, culture and tradition, Matsuyama exudes an air of conservatism. In stark contrast to cities like Osaka, where skyscrapers and a network of JR that creeps across the city landscape prevail, Matsuyama is a window to the heyday of Japan. A network of trams and the iconic Dogo Onsen bath house invokes the feeling of being in the movie “Spirited Away”. The roads in Japan were cyclist-friendly and we were able to get to many places within a short car ride away, with our trusty bicycles.

Peddling on our bicycles, we often visit Okaido, Dogo Onsen, supermarkets and restaurants. On the first weekend, we were accompanied and given a tour by three Ehime University students, Mr. Nishioka, Mr. Kawaji and Mr. Higashise. They will be going to University of Malaya to undergo their short-term exchange the following month. Together, we visited Matsuyama Castle where we saw a bird’s eye view of the city, a picturesque view of the sprawling urban complexes. They then took us to local shopping heaven, Okaido. They were eager to assist us in exploring the city, as well as providing answers to our questions.

With Ehime University students at Matsuyama Castle
Strolling down Dogo Onsen shopping alley, watching Matsyama Summer Parade

 

The hills, beaches, shrines and towns just outside of Matsuyama were best explored with a car. We were treated to a zen-filled environment, a delight of what nature in Japan has to offer. A few of us rented a car and saw for ourselves how the concrete jungle slowly morphed into big patches of paddy fields, with hills lining the background and stretching across the land. We visited the nearby sleepy towns of Uchiko and Ozu, where our adventures took us to castles and shrines. Narrow and desolate roads, quaint two-storey shops and small country cottages gave us a glimpse of what rural Japan would have looked like in the Edo period. We swam at Futami beach, where the hills meet the turquoise sea. We were Chihiro (character from ‘Spirited Away’), overlooking the sparkling sea while waiting for the train at Shimonada Station.

Our day trip to outskirts of Matsuyama, the paddy fields near Ozu, Shimonada Station, Futami beach, sunset at the beach

We were wonderstruck by the booming fireworks at Iyoshi and Mitsuhama Fireworks Festival on the first and second weekend respectively. We were lost amongst the crowd, in a sea of colorful kimonos and food carts. Despite that, we managed to get good view of the fireworks, blasting in spectrums of colours, synching with mellow songs played throughout the night. All those endless fireworks invoked our inner joy and happiness, a moment in summer where we wished it could last.

 

Fully immersed in the serenity and tranquility of the city, complimented by the friendly and lovely locals, we felt Matsuyama was a home, close to our hearts. A home, where age-old tradition meets the present. For me, this exchange programme fostered international friendships which lasts a lifetime.

 

Spending our Obon holidays

The Japanese national holiday was also our holiday, as we hustled along with the locals to travel across cities and islands. Six of us went on a 7-day trip around Kansai region,Takamatsu and Tokushima prefectures. Towering concrete structures, miles of railways, shinkansen and throngs of people defined all the cities we went to, namely Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara and Okayama. We did what a typical tourist in Japan does, a lot of shopping and eating. We had a taste of each city’s specialties, like okonomiyaki and kushikatsu for Osaka. We were in awe with megastructures like Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Umeda Sky Tower. Engrossed in the rich history of Japan, we went to Kyoto National Museum, Osaka Castle and Nara National Park. We kept in touch with nature as we visited parks like Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. We had an opportunity to stay at an authentic and cozy homestay, located in a suburb near Takamatsu. We visited Onaruto Bridge where we saw the famed whirlpools under the structure. Every place we went were distinct in its own way, making us realise that there is so much more to offer, urging us to go on more adventures in this country.

Natural and man-made marvels meet: Tsutenkaku and Kushikatsu in Osaka, Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu

With our Taiwan exchange friends in Osaka

Some of us visited parts of Ehime and Hiroshima prefecture. A short road trip with a few of Malaysian Ehime University students took us to Imabari Castle, and Seto Naikai National Park, all nearby Imabari city. Culturally influenced architectures like shrine gates dotted everywhere we went. The crystal-clear waters of the beach and park was perfect for a dip and a relief from the summer heat. Taking a ferry ride across the sea, we visited the symbolic Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island. We even interacted with deers roaming around the island, such gentle creatures. We visited Hiroshima, A-bomb dome projecting a silhouette of grim and solemn ambience. We heard and read stories from the survivors of that fateful day. Countless orizuru (paper cranes) structures and handicraft were put around A-bomb dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a reminder that there is hope, kindness and humanity even after a traumatic catastrophe.

Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph and A-bomb Dome

With Malaysian Ehime University students at Seto Naikai National Park

Two different journeys, countless sights and memories, one message:
Japanese culture intertwined with the resilience of her people, where traditions walk hand-in-hand with the future, dictates how far and how much a past shapes her present. We thoroughly enjoyed our Obon holiday, our minds were opened to sights and symbolism behind the many things we watched and observed.

 

Farewell

All good stories have an ending, and ours is not an exception. It was not the easiest thing to say goodbye to everyone and every place we visited. A completion ceremony was held where the dean of Engineering, Professor Hiroshi Takahashi presented our completion certificates, attended by some of our supervisors. Then, a farewell party was held by the Engineering Faculty where all the exchange students, their supervisors and some of their lab mates were invited. We were served a lunch buffet with platters of seafood, meat, sushi and drinks. We conversed freely with the students, lab mates and even with other supervisors. Despite our laughter and smiles as we chatter, we couldn’t help but feeling a tinge of sadness as it was to be the last gathering of our wonderful friends in Japan. We returned our bicycles the day after and spent our last day at office with our office mates. For me, bidding goodbye and wishing my office mates the best of everything, was the toughest thing to do.

 

“The only time goodbye is painful is when you don’t know when you’ll say hello again.”

A moment in time, all smiles, eternally grateful.

 

 

Thoughts, Closing Remark and Acknowledgement
We are immensely grateful that we were given this lifetime and life-changing opportunity to participate in this short-term exchange program. We would like to thank the Engineering Faculty of Ehime University, General Affairs team, especially Ms. Narumi and Ms. Aya for their endless support. We are extremely appreciative of our supervisors and sensei, our lab mates who opened their hearts to accept us into their circle of friends. From them, we learned so much more than our research topic had to offer. Additionally, we met overseas university students who became our friends, who were very friendly and offered us help and shared insights into how they live their lives in Japan. We were a little less lost when we met Malaysian Ehime University students, who were also our guide and our closest friends, a family far from home. Sometimes, we were lost in translation, but our hearts felt right where we should be.

We were opened to a country, a world so different, a world where age-old tradition merges with the future, a place where her people’s kindness, friendliness and generosity touched us. A window to view both the past and the present. All these delightful combinations of both fast and slow, new and old, brought joy and happiness to us. For many of us, it was the first time we visited Japan but we all know for sure, it will not be the last time.

Thank you for everything, Japan.

From the bottom of our hearts,
Tan, Choo, Laila, Afrina, Chong, Ooi, Juliana, Khor, Farhana, Zaid, Amir and Keeme.

Written by,
Choo Jia Hsien (チョー)
Second Year B.Eng. Chemical Engineering,
University of Malaya.   

The Joy of Autumn in Ehime

The Background

This program is a collaboratory student exchange program between UGM, ITB and Ehime University. Few students from Ehime has came to Indonesia at September 2018, and twenty of UGM students and five of ITB students was come to Ehime University at the following month. The purpose of this program is to provide the opportunity of Undergraduate and Graduate Students from both UGM, ITB and Ehime University to conduct the experiment as the Research Student for one month period. Besides, it featured city trip to various places, either educational or cultural place around Matsuyama City. This program also introduce campus activities inside and outside the laboratory to the students, in the wonderful season of Autumn.

The Program Overview

This awesome program began with the orientation day. The day started with opening speech and campus introduction from Hideaki Yasuhara, Dean of Engineering Faculty. Mrs Satomi and Mrs Aya from International Affairs Team also give the participant some briefing related to the program. The rules, the WiFi connection, and also the bicycle. The orientation day is end with laboratory introduction with respective Professors and Laboratory members.
From the first week, the students will enter each laboratory they applied previously, in the respective major they belong to. The students will conduct the experiment with Professor as Supervisor and taught by Laboratory member as a Mentor. The experiment is scheduled in each laboratory, following the campus agenda. At the first weekend, we had a trip to Matsuyama Castle, and Dogo Onsen.

The second week, we must attend the Japanese Speaking Class with different Sensei everyday. The class is start at 8.30 and end at 10.00 from Monday to Friday. The speaking class is brought intensively and with the relatively small syllabus. Also in the second week, Sakura Scholarship member have a trip to Kanogawa Dam at afternoon.

The third week, student is attend the presentation from Ehime University Student that have experienced the exchange program in Malaysia, Taiwan, and Indonesia. At Wednesday, all of the student have Iseki Company Visit. At the weekend, the university held wonderful Festival from morning to evening.
The last week is closed with Completion Ceremony. All the student have their certificate handed over by the Dean of Engineering Faculty. The lunch party is featured by all laboratory supervisor and laboratory friends. The additional farewell in each laboratory also be held.

Miyuki and Imaichi, Two Places Share Stories

The Sakura Scholarship students lived in the Miyuki Dormitory while the rest of the student live in Imaichi Sharehouse. Both place support the living of all the exchange student. Both of the place is separated by about 1 kilometer away and the University stand between them as a perfect meeting point. The student often visit the other place for chatting with friends and to exchange the atmosphere of living place.

The students from both places had some valuable living experience like managing room cleanliness and waste disposal, financial management, food and health management, also social management like participating in various social activities like cooking together and gathering in the hall. Although in Miyuki the student is separated by walls and doors between the room, they had together time in Meeting Room for enjoying Dormitory WiFi connection. In Imaichi, they always had time for meeting especially at morning and at night.

Daily Laboratory Activities

The experiment have several steps and procedure that must be followed from the first week until the end of the program. The difficulties in the experiment can be overcome with professor help and laboratory mates assistance, so the exchange student should not be worry about running the experiment. All the students finished the experiment successfully. The experiment is not so time consuming, because the professor provide a lot of free time everyday so each student can used it for enjoying Matsuyama City.

Beside running the experiment, the student have their quality time with laboratory friends like having lunch and dinner together, visiting place together, and also enjoying the festival together. Student is not only learned the experiment itself, but also learned valuable social value like togetherness and hospitality (Omotenashi). The student experienced communication and interaction with Ehime University student through many things inside and outside laboratory.

Kanogawa Dam Trip

Ten students from sakura scholarship have the opportunity to visit Kanogawa Dam in Uchiko Town, South of Matsuyama. The student travel for two hours to the Dam from the city. We learned about the Dam mechanism in order to controlling flood and provide water reserve. We enjoyed the 10 minutes presentation and 1 hour of Dam construction visit from the tunnel front side, the four gates, the tunnel exit side, and the control room.

 

Iseki Dream Gallery Trip

All of us experience the visit in Iseki Company. We watch the ten minutes presentation and moving to the manufacturing side of agricultural machines. We had 30 minutes of interesting plant tour with unique style. The material is delivered with Indonesian Language. We had an awesome photo shoot session and question and answer session before return.

 

University Festival

The university held the annual festival for the two days. We enjoyed the performance from the dance, band, vocal group, and various game stop. We also enjoyed the food in the festival. The festival is attended by various people including the children. University is filled with autumn leaves from maple trees, that colored up the joy of the festival.

Enjoying Matsuyama City (and more places around)

Our weekend is filled with excitement because we visit so many places every week. Beside Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen, we had visit Tobe Zoo outside of the town, The dogo park and matsuyama city park, matsuyama port, museums. We visit next city, the Imabari and next perfecture kagawa. We had tried Taimeshi, the special food in Matsuyama.

 

Unforgettable Farewell

At November 15th, we had the irreplacable days and also farewell. The end of this program is marked with the certificate of completion handover from Hideaki Yasuhara, Dean of Engineering Faculty. After the closing speech, we had our last official photo session attended by all of the laboratory member and supervisors.

The next agenda, we had a very delightful lunch with the friendly atmosphere with laboratory friends. Not only enjoying the tasty food, we also had fun times like joking around and laughing together.

Some laboratory had the special farewell at the same day or the following day. We experience very sad farewell. Every last of them had precious time with us and also we through many things together in this very short period. We had take many pictures and then officially says goodbye.

 

Conclusion

Ehime University Exchange program had provide us so many experience. We recieved valuable lesson from each our field of study by scientific activities inside and outside of our laboratory. We had fun times with our lab members. We were able to survive and managed our life well. We have various place to be   explored. We also had learned many Japanese culture by doing interaction with Japanese friends.
It was not only about the experiment, but it was the whole thing of living in Japan, Matsuyama. We loved the food, places, peoples, and all the culture. We were glad with the hospitality of Japanese people. We would like to say thank you to all of the International Affairs Team who work very hard in order to make the program ran successfully. Also we would like to say thank you to all of the supervisor, the Japanese teacher, laboratory member, and every people that supports us walk through the awesome days in Ehime University. It was a pleasure to feel the joy of Autumn in Matusyama. See you again

Contributors:
Laurentius Damar Parthasiwi (Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Student)
UGM Students

My Experience as Exchange Student in Ehime University

(Addo Hernando / Universitas Gadjah Mada)

  This year, I got an opportunity to be an exchange student in Ehime University for 1 month period. This exchange program was held in the colorful autumn season, which is 21 October – 19 November 2018. I feel thankful for Ehime University and Japan Science & Technology Agency as the exchange program organizer.

  Ehime University is one of the biggest university in Shikoku Island. Ehime University was established in 1949 and now has six faculties, which are Faculty of Law and Letters, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation, Faculty of Science, School of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering, and Faculty of Agriculture. In this exchange program, I got an opportunity to do research in Faculty of Engineering, Chemistry Department.

  In Chemistry Department, I was assigned in Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. Here, I met Associate Professor, Yamaguchi and my mentor, Taketomi. Taketomi is a first year master student in this university, and he is assigned as my research mentor. I met a new field of research, which is metal and organic complex for chemical reaction catalyst. As I remember, this research filed has not studied yet in my department, Chemical Engineering Department, Universitas Gadjah Mada. So I think it is very difficult yet very interesting to study.

  Another thing I learnt here was Japanese culture. Some of the cultures that very differ from Indonesia are being on-time and waste separation. I really like how Japanese people are so structured in time management and always on time, not early nor late. Even 1 minute late is considered bad here, very different from Indonesian. Waste separation is a thing here and Indonesia, but Japanese waste separation is very discipline, but I am sure this is what make the city more clean and energy sufficient as combustible waste can be converted to energy. I hope that someday Indonesian can do the same as Japanese.

  I feel so grateful for this experience and I am sure this experience will be one precious memory in my life. I also want to express my gratitude to Tanoto Foundation for supporting me to join this program. As after being in Ehime University for 1 month, I have experienced many things and be able to developed myself.

STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME 2016 HELD IN MATSUYAMA, JAPAN


 

REPORT ON STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME 2016

(19TH JULY – 19TH AUGUST, 2016)


 

Background

The Student Exchange Program (SEP) allows University of Malaya undergraduates and postgraduates students spend a month at Ehime University to expand more knowledge and experience in life. SEP is a chance for the students to experience student life in foreign country and learn to be a global citizen. It is a good opportunity for students to pick up new language, absorb new cultures and make new friends.

Introduction

As a second year postgraduate student in the Faculty of Engineering (University of Malaya), being awarded the chance to go on an exchange programme was a very good opportunity for me to learn a new culture and experience different learning environment.

 

First day of arrival in Ehime Prefecture and being guided to Ehime Universit

The exchange lasted for one month from mid of July till mid of August 2016 at the Ehime University which located in Matsuyama, Ehime (Japan). As one of the students that was chosen for the exchange programme at the university which is rich with Japanese cultures, it is quite a good way in exchange the knowledges and cultures in this university. Back in Malaysia, I was very excited and really interested in creating new experiences as an international student exchange to Ehime University, where it was quite an eye opener to experience it myself in real way.

Academics

The exchange also allows me to put the topic of studying local universities versus overseas universities in the spotlight. The difference lies with the way how the experiments are been managed in the laboratory. The attachment in Heat & Transfer Laboratory (under Prof. Shinfuku Nomura supervisions) has gave me the opportunity to learn about some of the technologies in the lab that are not available during my study in University of Malaya.

A demonstration of the experiment to the students from high school during Open Campus

I can see that, the availability of the instruments in the laboratory give better exploration to the subject area while students having more time in the week to do their self-study and research. The opportunity to meet with the local students and sensei give me a chance also to collaborate with the laboratory here as to expand the better research in future.

Reflection

Looking back, I think I have become more independent as a person. The exchange programme provided a unique and fruitful learning experience outside the limits of a laboratory. I would like to thank the staffs at Faculty of Engineering and all the staffs that involved in guiding us through the programme and also I want to express my big thanks for the kind assistance in making this experience possible.

Cultural

The staffs and the local students here have introduced us to some interesting places and also high technology agricultural company. The programmes offered a visit to Matsuyama’s Castle, Dogo Onsen and Iseki Company which located in Matsuyama City, Japan. This programme has thought me a lot during the learning journey in Matsuyama, Japan.

A visit to Matsuyama’s Castle which was guided by local Japanese students

They are also some other places that we went for visit by our self, such as Dogo Park, Sogo  Park, Okaido Street, shrines at different places and many more. I have also experienced watched the festival that was held at Okaido and Gintengai streets which is very fun and interesting to see. It is nice to view that Matsuyama City is very clean and nice place with a good environment and friendly citizens. Plus, it was quite interesting for myself to see how locals are very open minded to new immigrants. I have found it as a good way to reflect on our very own Malaysian identity to Japanese people.

A visit to Yu Shrine near Dogo Onsen

A visit to Iseki Company which was supported by Ehime University 

(Thank you for gave us a very nice hospitality and nice treat!)

 

This report is prepared by:Siti Shafiah binti Shazali

Postgraduate Student

Faculty of Engineering,

University of Malaya

(Semester 2, 2015/2016)

Short-Term Exchange Program (Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environmental Institute Technology Bandung)

 Name: Arlina Phelia (Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environmental Institute Technology Bandung)

The Program Time Table

Arriving at the campus we went straight to the meeting room on the 3rd floor at the main building of FOE, where the orientation activities for international students who participated in student exchange program for 1 month, for this activity followed by students from ITB (5 people) and UGM (20 people). After the orientation activities are completed, we are directly divided to the laboratory and the professors. For ITB students, divided into 4 laboratories.

On Campus Activities

We were placed in Miyuki Dormitory, about 10 minutes to campus by bicycle, and in dormitory also has been prepared bikes as our vehicle everyday. Mrs. Aya Yoshinaga and Mrs. Yatoghe Santomi, representing Ehime University who explained the rules during the exchange program.

Lab Work (Molecular Ecology Lab)

Visiting the Molecular Ecology laboratory with Sensei Kozo Watanabe who was discussing with the students about the dengeu project, which some tools used in laboratories such as PCR, RNA, DNA, cooling equipment, and others.

Field work (Taking water sample, analyzing water quality,measuring velocity water and depth, tracking area with GPS) in Hijikawa River Uchiko Japan.

Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge

Kurushima-Keikyo Bdirge is one of the connecting bridges between Shikoku Island and Honsu. This bridge consists of 3 parts with 6 towers and 4 anchorages.

An honor to meet the Dean of Faculty of Engineering

All exchange students in this program (ITB and UGM) got the chance to meet the dean of Faculty of Engineering, and handed the plaque to him.

University Festival with Friends

Ehime University conducts the annual event of Ehime Festival and this year is the 67th year held for 2 days 11-12 November. The festival features drama theater for children, students extracurricular performances such as (Gymnastic, Band, Theater, and others), as well as Ehime student bazaars.

Farewell Party with Lab. Molecular Ecology and Friends of PPI

We were given the opportunity to follow farewell party with friends Ehime University and friends from Indonesia.

Off Campus Activities

We were given the opportunity to visit the oldest Theater in Uchiko namely Kabuki Uchiko-za Theater, where the theater was built from 1916 and still solid until now with Sensei Kozo and Student’s Lab. Also, we had the chance to visit to some of the sights around Matsuyama city such as a Matsuyama Castle, Shiroyama Park, Ehime Shopping Center, Sogo Koen, Dogo Onsen, Dogo Park, Bansuoi, wearing japanese “Kimono”, and others. We visited to the tractor-making plant for the farm and its gallery in Ehime, Matsuyama with students of ITB and UGM.

Transportation in Ehime, Matsuyama

Ehime transportation such as Bike, Car, Motor, Bus, and Train.

Food in Ehime, Matsuyama

Some of the food and drinks were encountered at Ehime, Matsuyama. We taste excellent food such as Soba, Udon, Kare, Higiriyaki, Mikan, Shrimp, Sushi, and the food at the Ehime University Cafeteria.