Posted on September 05, 2015

Students from Qatar University’s College of Engineering (QU-CENG) joined their Japanese counterparts from Osaka University (OU) on September 2 in a ceremony following completion of the Coupling Internship (CIS) program -- the second edition under an agreement signed in March 2015 among the College, OU, and two Japanese companies, the Center for the Project to Create Research and Educational Hubs for Innovative Manufacturing in Asia (CREAM), and Chiyoda Almana Engineering LLC.

Both student groups delivered their final presentations at the event which was attended by QU Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna, Japanese Ambassador to Qatar H.E. Shingo Tsuda, CENG Dean Dr Rashid Alammari, Chiyoda Almana Managing Director Mr Shizuka Ikawa, and OU Vice Dean of Faculty of Foreign Studies Prof Nobuko Yoneda, as well as representatives from the Japanese embassy and Chiyoda Almana, and academic leaders from CENG and OU.

CENG students Abdulla Ali S S Al Karbi, Abdulrahman Ahmad M A Al-Anssari, Abdulla Ali Sharif, and Ahmed Yousuf A M Al-Ahmad, and OU students Aya Takahashi, Kai Fujii, Yukihiro Okada, and Yasuhiro Yamabe presented on the topic of globalization, highlighting its many aspects, as well as discussing the benefit of working in multicultural companies, experiences gained during the program, and employment in Japan and other countries.

QU and OU students complete 2 [].jpgCommenting on the program, Dr Mazen Hasna said:  “QU students’ participation in partnerships and joint initiatives with other international universities will certainly reflect positively on both parties in terms of new experiences, knowledge, and later professional success. This initiative is part of our effort to engage our students in different working environments and diverse cultures, and impact their international outlook. We are pleased to have shared our social and cultural environment at QU and in Qatar with the students from OU and hope that they will take back with them a memorable experience of Qatari hospitality.”

H.E. Shingo Tsuda said: “This internship program might be rather a small step towards achieving the goal of diversification towards humanitarian fields such as people to people exchange, culture, education, health, science and technology. However, I believe it to be a great momentum in the direction of a comprehensive partnership between Japan and Qatar.” Mr Shizuka Ikawa said: “I wish young students could be much more aware of the importance to come over the language barriers and strengthen the economical and historical relationship between Qatar and Japan to achieve all its goals and mainly to form as a cultural and academic bridge between Qatar and Japan through this Coupling Internship program.”

QU and OU students complete 3 [].jpgProf Nobuko Yoneda said: “This year which is the third year of implementing the CIS, we organize the activities in Qatar, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Without understanding and cooperation from the corporates and host universities in each country, students would have never been able to have such valuable opportunities.” Dr Rashid Alammari said: “Congratulations to all our students and their Japanese colleagues on their successful teamwork and knowledge-sharing, and demonstrating their sensitivity to issues of global importance and their readiness to take on the responsibility as leaders in their respective societies. We are as always committed to providing our students with opportunities that serve to enhance their academic journey through partnerships with leading institutions at home and abroad.”

Developed by Osaka University, the program’s scope and objectives include internship activities that engage Japanese students and those from other countries in science, engineering and humanities disciplines with the aim to better their understanding of various cultures, to boost their experience in the area of manufacturing, and develop critical skill sets of problem-solving, interpersonal communication, and collaboration.

The internship schedule includes pre-training activities during which students are familiarized with the general policies followed by Japanese companies, the ways of working, business manners, manufacturing methods, and many others; cultural trips during which trainees become acquainted with the culture of the host country; practical training activities during which students experience actual working environments and processes;  and preparation for and leading discussions and final presentations.