Students Exchange Program in Japan (Global PBL) between NUCE (Vietnam), Kasetsart University (Thailand) and Shibaura Institute of Technology (Japan)

JASSO Scholarship Foundation coordinated with Shibaura Institute of Technology established the Students Exchange Programme among the National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE), Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, and Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in Japan. 

The Programme began from 8th to 16th in February 2020 with the participation of 68 undergraduates and 7 mentors led by Prof. Shinya Inazumi (SIT) and Prof. Sunpakij Nontananandh (KU). 19 students represented NUCE taking part in the program received valuable support from SIT and Nihon Base Co., Ltd (Japan).

Participants of 3 entities have an opportunity to sightsee famous destinations in Tokyo, visit the class, and conduct experiments at the place, experience the most state-to-the-art construction technology in the world at the Institutes of Research.

Learning and Studying Activities 

On February 10, at the Toyosu campus of SIT happened a special event organized by Nihon Base Co. Ltd to provide background information about its operation and introduce innovative technologies in building operation and base construction applied in several countries including Japan. Additionally, bored pile driving and pulling out, and poor basement treatment were also unveiled. 

All undergrads came upon the Institute of Research of Obayashi Corporation in Kyosei, Tokyo where presents up-to-date technology achievement itself such as GRFC, concrete 3D printing technology, remote control excavator system, the anti-earthquake system for building, concrete vibrating table and so on. Exchange students also observed the architecture design of the building within the campus.

In the following days, AOMI Construction Co., Ltd held a launching event at SIT to introduce its operation, attainments, and the highlighted contributions in the basement construction and treatment area. Students are provided soil consolidation methods such as absorbent wick application and chemical treatment. Having met and discussed with the management board of the company, participants came up with the orientation of the job opportunities in Japan.

On the afternoon of February 12th, participants took a tour organized by Shimizu Co. around the lab and manufacturing room at Toyosu, Tokyo. The group was given the chance to observe the experiment progress, experience the advanced experiment technologies of skyscrapers such as wind tunnel, anti-earthquake system, concrete vibrating table and so forth.

Within the framework of these series of activities, Shansin Co. held an event to launch the soft soil improvement technique called Jet grouting. On the same day, students were able to conduct a micro soil improvement experiment by using a Natri silicate solution under the company's instruction.

Students visited the construction site used to serve Olimpic 2020 in Tsukiji, Tokyo. They then experienced the pumping technology of Natri silicate under high pressure, observed the progress of land drilling by using the modern machine.

It was the last three days of the program that students worked in groups to prepare for the final presentation and then took a turn to discuss the topic "The disparities among Bangkok, Hanoi, and Tokyo and importance in sustainable development along with natural disasters regarding construction sectors".

On February 15 evening happened the ending ceremony to part students of Thailand and Vietnam. The Professor Council awarded the group with the most outstanding presentation and granted all students the fulfilling certificates. 

Such a practical and precious event that NUCEers have experienced to expand their horizon and outline their job orientation via this 8-day internship tour in Japan. Those resembled trips extremely brought us memorable and helpful experience. We hope that there will be more exchange programs in both Japan and Vietnam which bring students of the 2 parties a chance to interact and enhance the background knowledge as well as the Vietnam-Japan relationship.