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Imperial-Tokyo Tech Global Fellows Programme

Report 2018

Student Reports of the Programme in Tokyo 2018

Doctoral Student (D1), Department of Civil Engineering

My experience at the Imperial-TokyoTech Global Fellows Programme Spring 2018

In March 2018, I was given the opportunity to be part of The Imperial-Tokyo Tech Global Fellows Programme. In my 2-years of studying in Tokyo Tech, this was oneofthe best opportunities of interacting with international researchers who have grown with completely different work and educational experiences.

The program started off with coming together of 20 students each form Tokyo Tech and ICL. The following 6 days of the program were filled with lectures, workshops,andteambuilding and personality development activities which I vastly enjoyed (shout-out to Dr. Paul Seldon!). The activities focused on encouraging communication,understanding poverty, learning correct research ethics and brainstorming techniques, among others.

The last two days solely focused on the theme of program “Innovation to Eradicate Poverty”. Brainstorming through the issue was the time when I realized importanceofall the teambuilding we had been going through the previous days. Despite being from varied socio-economic backgrounds, which bought with it varied understandingofpoverty, we were able to communicate our ideas amongst the four of us and were able to come to the same page in the end. Our team proposed the idea of ‘FoodDirect:Empowering farmers through the power of technology’, which won us the ‘Winning Team Award’.

With all the skill development activities, making new friends, learning to respecting and understand peoples’ views (however different from yours) and finally winningtheaward; the whole experience was more fulfilling than I had ever expected.

Doctoral Student (D1), Department of Computer Science

In March 2018 I had the opportunity to participate in Imperial -Tokyo Tech Global Fellows program with theme “Innovation to Eradicate Poverty”. The program was a 6-day camp in which doctoral students from both Imperial College London and Tokyo Tech involved in interdisciplinary research to tackle poverty.

The aim of the program is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among students from different disciplines. The program started with lectures from academicsandpractitioners about the reality of poverty and what we can do about it. Research groups of four were formed in which each group comprised of two ImperialCollegestudents and two Tokyo Tech students. Team building activities also introduced which allowed group members to know each other better. During the course of thecamp,each group was challenged to formulate a solution to tackle poverty. We were involved in goal setting, feasibility analysis, and program design. In the last day, eachgrouppresented their proposed solutions and received feedbacks from coaches and judges.

The program was an eye-opening experience. During the program, we were exposed to people from different backgrounds, cultures, and way of thinking.Unexpecteddevelopments also happened as ideas from different perspectives were popping up and combined. The exercise was exciting and fun. I believe that theinterdisciplinaryresearch experience will be beneficial for me in the future collaboration with colleagues from diverse disciplines.

Doctoral Student (D2), Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics

At first, I follow this event because I want to take a little break from my research routine. I am not  expecting more. But I was wrong, I found that everyone is very nice,and I learned how to cooperate and as a bonus: a new friendship.

There are lots of memories that unforgettable. But one of best memory I have is when we work together  in a team to make a final presentation to give an idea of howtoeradicate poverty. Working in a group is fine, but some people, it might be harder than working individually. As a foreign student who studies  in  Japan for years, Igetused to doing every step of my research by myself. In this fellow program, I  learn to cooperate with my friends who have a totally different field. My team wasconsistingof a  business student, biologists, while I am an economist but focus on environmental, economic modeling. We need to share the task, communicate our ideas.Personally,I was struggling at first. However, everyone tried their best to cooperate and to understand between each other, also to make sure that  everyone is involved.That hard-work paid, at the end of the session, our team won the 2nd  best  presenter.

I think I can recommend you enough to follow this program. Perhaps, just like me, you’ll  learn
something beyond your expectation. You’ll learn something that might useful for your future  especially after you finish your graduate study. Good luck!

Doctoral Student(D2), Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics

In March,2018, I spent amazing one week with the other 19 students from Tokyo Tech and 20 students from Imperial college. The whole experience was so muchbeyondmy imagination both in the sense that I got refreshed from the amazing activities and had my research insights polished.

Taking a break from heavy research routine, in that one week, I got a great roommate who is from Luxenberg, which made it possible for me to enjoy a lot of qualitytimehaving conversations with her. In addition, I got to know a lot of other people in the group activities and networking activities as well. It was quite impressive for methatalthough we didn’t share the same background, both in culture and research, we still had a lot of fun together. Those enjoyable moments will stay in my mind for alongtime.

As for the things that I learned, they are mainly in twofold, one is that I used to think it is common sense that qualified PhD candidates should be capable tocompleteresearches independently. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, successful teamwork can make the larger difference in comparison to individual work.Theother one is that making presentations about my research to people who is not from my field really helped me to re-clarify and re-think my research and did injectfreshideas from totally different perspectives to my current research, which I think it is a brand-new method that I will try in my future research.

Doctoral Student (D2), Deptment of Industrial Engineering & Economics (ESD Course)

That was a collaborative workshop of 'Imperial Tokyo-Tech Global Fellows Program' in March 2018, I still remember vividly. I applied to the workshop mainly becauseofits interesting theme-Innovation to Eradicate Poverty. As a researcher in IT management discipline, I have desired to make approach with IT to embrace allhumankindand socially-weak groups of people. I considered participating the workshop can be a good chance to extend my understanding and to attempt generating someideasrelated to the theme.

In the workshop, 40 students from Imperial College London and Tokyo Tech gathered to learn and to discuss idea about poverty issues. In the case of my team,weproposed health data management platform called 'Data sponge' for assisting collection, analysis and management of medical data for epidemic prevention andmedicalresource arrangement to the context of developing countries. Apart from the ideation work, there was inclusion of team-building games, banquet, culturalexchanges, citytour, which I could enjoy time with those friends from UK.

I feel I got change of thinking and gained a lot of experiences throughout the workshop. For example, during the process of ideation and presentation, I could see plentyofinteresting perspective and novel suggestions that I have never thought about within my team and among different teams. And it was amazing to watch the processofdeveloping idea from primitive idea level to complete solution level with professional knowledge by discussion of team members from different research fields. I couldfeelthat this is why global research cooperation and multidisciplinary research is important issue in terms of creating a considerable advance in whole body of knowledgeinhumankind. Plus, I personally would like to keep my research friends gained from this program for a long term.

Doctoral Student (D1), Department of Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society

I would to get inspiration for my own research activities by communicating with students who advanced to a doctoral course with different cultures and curriculums.  Since our own research activities involve interdisciplinary approaches in a social scientific approach.  I hope to be able to deepen emergent knowledge leading tofutureresearch activities by communicating students in the field majoring in other fields.

In conducting many activities, there were many difficulties for me in communication with Imperial students who have different cultures and perspectives fromtheirJapanese students.  It is remembered that International students in Tokyo Tech who knew their country and also knew about Japan helped in many scenes.  Especially, Iam impressed by having myself set up at the place of the final presentation.  Imperial students and Tokyo Tech students have a very positive mental for ourthis program's theme and want to make good proposals.

In this program, I reaffirmed the necessity of liberal arts, for example, social tasks and my own research as well as the culture of my own country and the other onestocomplete doctor degree.  Through communication with students from various countries, it is necessary for us to develop attitudes to think from a global perspective inanyfield.  It was a very good opportunity to think about my future career plan.

*Academic years of each student are at the time of when they participated in the Programme 2018.

Programme Offical Report on Tokyo Tech main website is here.