From August 29 to September 3, 2016, OIT Department of Applied Chemistry held International Project Based Learning (iPBL) Program titled “Case Study for Chemical Engineering” in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), our partner university in Taiwan. 15 students from each university were divided into 15 pairs in the program, and they developed quantum dot solar cells.
On the 1st day of arrival in Taiwan, the departure of flight was delayed for two hours at Kansai International Airport, but the OIT participants safely arrived in Taipei, and a welcome party was held for them at that night in a campus restaurant. On the following day, OIT students led by Taiwanese students took a tour in Taipei. It was a good opportunity not only for experiencing Taiwanese culture but also for team building. After the students got familiar with each other, the development work took start on the 3rd day. While the professors gave instructions in English, they were keenly listening and taking notes to understand them. Then, each pair worked on experiments, measurements, and evaluation of the test results. It took a smooth start with support of assistant professors and teaching assistants. Working very hard, when they wait for measurements, they also enjoyed conversations talking about their country, cultural difference, and various other topics. On the 4th day, after some experiments were done in the morning, they visited Institute of Nuclear Energy Research. On the 6th day, they completed their experiments and evaluation of their data, and they prepared for the final presentation in English. In the afternoon, each pair gave a presentation using the PowerPoint slides. The students were all very anxious before the presentation, but they looked very relieved afterwards. In the following farewell party, every student received a certificate of completion, and OIT students did a presentation of Kansai region and told Taiwanese students that they were looking forward to seeing them in Japan.
The OIT students were satisfied by collaboration with the overseas students. Spurred by the confidence after building a friendship and a sense of accomplishment through this program, they are motivated to work harder in their studies