From August 20 to 26, 2017, OIT Department of Applied Chemistry invited students from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), one of our partner universities in Taiwan, and hosted an International Project-Based Learning (iPBL) program centering on the reduction of energy fuel for epoxy resin curing system. Sixteen Students from NTUST and fifteen students from OIT joined the program. Split into fifteen teams, they worked on the synthesis of curing agent and curing of epoxy resin.
In addition to the laboratory work, they visited two factories, Kyoto Sanjo works of Shimadzu Corp. and Hyogo Befu Works of Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co. to learn the latest analytical instruments and plastic manufacturing. NTUST students also visited Himeji Castle guided by OIT students, and they deepened their friendship.
On the final day of the program, each team gave a presentation in English and every student received a certificate of completion. Followed by the farewell party, the participants spent time for cultural exchange.
Since NTSUT and OIT concluded the MOU in 2013, the relationship of the two institutes has been cultivated through implementation of student exchanges and iPBL programs. Same as last year, this program was conducted under the support of Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science), Japan Science and Technology Agency.