learn from the world and return to the community, Manufacturing and environmental technology education

Program Outline

Learn from the world and return to the community, Manufacturing and environmental technology education

Do our lifestyles in Japan lead to the development of a global society in which people can live safely?

Do our lifestyles in modern society lead to the development of future in which future generations can live happily?

There is a need to increase each individual’s awareness in daily life, to transform our economic system that is premised on mass production and consumption, to make carefully planned use of the earth resources and seek technological developments, and to find solutions to social issues such as racism, cross-cultural conflict and human rights abuse.

We require future-oriented environmental harmony and multicultural symbiosis made possible through the combined efforts of individuals capable of respecting a wide variety of values and who possess the foresight to pursue and implement eco-friendly technological development.

Our aim is the development of such future-oriented human resources. We have developed an innovative program of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with the goal of training engineers through the integration of humanities and the sciences, by taking full advantage of the unique characteristics of both the International programs offered at the Toyama National College of Maritime Technology and the Ecodesign Engineering programs found at the Toyama National College of Technology.

The purpose of this innovative program is to create an environment wherein talented young students from Japan, Asia and the EU can evolve into a dynamic team, gain a deep understanding of the relationship between effective environmental measures and cultural diversity and develop a sense of value through creative manufacturing by learning and cooperating with one another, allowing each individual to grow and develop with an awareness of global environmental technology development.

Structure for realization of the program

Implementation diagram

A special committee consisting of teachers, engineering staff and administrative staff at both colleges has been established to implement the educational program (Toyama National College of Technology is in charge of secretariat and management).
In order to develop innovative education, the Toyama National College of Technology has established an effective system of cooperation among teachers, the technological section (an organization of engineering staff) and administration (an organization of administrative staff) supported by companies in the community (an organization for technology advancement), graduates (an organization of senior fellows), external specialists (an organization of external councilors, and universities agreeing on the academic exchange.
Toyama National College of Maritime Technology has a 15-year relationship of interaction with Ballyclare Secondary School in Northern Ireland, UK. Toyama National College of Technology has organized and participated in the Asian International Symposium on Ecotechnology, which is the only international symposium among the National Colleges of Technology throughout Japan, since 1994. The 12th symposium will be held in China and the 14th will be held in Korea. We will utilize the know-how gained through such international interaction and educational research activities.

Plan and content of the program for this fiscal year

Month to be implemented Program content
October - March Set up a special planning committee consisting of staff at the Toyama National College of Technology and the Toyama National College of Maritime Technology and external members, and hold meetings periodically.
October - March Establish a website for information concerning Contemporary Good Practice (GP) and continually update.
October - March Collect information, investigate and exchange opinions regarding education for sustainable (social) development (ESD).
October/December Visit educational institutions overseas and discuss project plans (Korea).
November Invite staff from educational institutions overseas and discuss project plans (Northern Ireland, Korea)
November Participate in Good Practice (GP) forum (exchange information for teaching material development, educational program development).
December Supply technical materials including books and DVDs as reference to environmental education and ESD.
January - March Organize the workshop and manufacture a sample robot car, etc. to prepare for interaction among students.
January Hold a Contemporary GP forum organized by the Toyama National College of Technology and the Toyama National College of Maritime Technology.
February Visit educational institutions overseas and discuss project plans (China).
March Visit educational institutions overseas and discuss project plans (Denmark, Northern Ireland).
March Sum up and evaluate this fiscal year at a special planning committee.

Implementation for 2007

Plan for implementation after the 2nd year

2nd year – Begin interaction activities among students

Program experimentation by checking educational effects and responding to problems actually arising in preparation for 3rd year activities.

  • Plan and experiment with educational programs.
  • Begin creating texts and teaching materials for students.
  • Begin creating manuals and quality improvement programs for teachers.
  • Create a website and brochure to report program performance and hold a GP forum.

3rd year – Put plans and funds for educational programs on track and prepare for autonomous continuation

Repeatedly verify and establish educational programs to promote autonomous continuation in the 4th year.

  • Verify and establish educational programs.
  • Complete texts and teaching materials for students.
  • Complete manuals and quality improvement programs for teachers.
  • Create a website and brochure to report program performance and hold a GP forum.

After the 4th year – Complete educational programs and gradually shift to autonomous continuation.

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