Metropolia offers Training in Japan

11.01.2013

Japanese students and staff of SNCT

Metropolia has received a taste of success in the field of education export. Japanese Sendai National College of Technology (SNCT) has for the past three years been developing internationalization of its technology education in cooperation with Metropolia. Conducted in 2009-2011, the education export project Educational Quality Assurance in International Student Exchange Programs received an honorable mention from Japanese Ministry of Education.

The project was completed via staff and student exchanges. Training in Japan was carried out by Metropolia’s degree programmes Information and Communication Technology, Automation Technology and Electronics. Operating in the project were Kari Björn, Jukka Pirinen, Timo Tuominen, Thierry Baills, Kari Vierinen and Anssi Ikonen. Training courses were based on annually changing themes and carried out as intensive courses.

- The developed model and the pedagogical approach appropriate for Japanese education system is a good starting point to expand our educational supply in the future. We can provide the substance and teaching models particularly suitable for the field of technology, says senior lecturer Kari Björn who has worked closely in the project for three years.

- Japan's industry internationalizes via subcontracting chains. Technical training market is opening up, and the Japanese have a strong focus on development of educational content. Only long-term cooperation and mutual trust will bear results, says the Japanese language and culture expert senior lecturer Arto Haapaniemi.

The project cooperation agreement was made with SNCT and five other technology institutions, covering the main island in the northern part of Japan. Four other institutions on the island of Hokkaido have also shown interest towards joining the agreement.

The Japan cooperation deepened in a research seminar held in October 2012. As a result of the seminar the first project application was made concerning study cooperation with the Japanese consortium and in addition with one university from Thailand and one from France.

For more information, please contact

Senior Lecturer Kari Björn
tel +358 20 783 6349
firstname.lastname@metropolia.fi


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