Development of Engineering Education Program for Students before Starting Graduation Researches on Forefront Technologies

Tetsuo Oka, Takamasa Suzuki, Kazuhisa Abe, Takeshi Yamauchi, Kazuaki Yamagiwa, Takashi Sato, Yuji Tanabe, Takatsune Narumi

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The university students from freshman to junior grades before starting their graduation studies have participated in the forefront researches conducted in the academic/scientific research laboratories in Niigata University. Since the practical research activities conducted in the laboratories must intrinsically contain the educational elements for the university students, it should be effective for the students to obtain the proper skills, abilities, attitudes, and knowledge of engineering even before the acquisition of their basic skills and knowledge of science. This education program called 'Smart Dormitory' project has been carried out as one of the novel educational reform activities. There, the students from the freshman to junior make their teams together, and studies the forefront scientific researches about the topics they freely chose. In the process, the students have been assigned the scientific presentations about the results of their on-going investigations in the international meetings, which have been held in the domestic areas or overseas. The students are well motivated to their scientific researches through the presentations when they were given the opportunities in their early stage of university life. This engineering education program is characterized as one of the leadership programs for the scientific engineering leaders in the internationalized practical industries. Actually, the averaged academic score of dormitory students has firmly raised through the planned period, which means the program stimulated the student' motivation to their academic studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with
Subtitle of host publication7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538615232
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep 17
Externally publishedYes
Event7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 2017 Nov 132017 Nov 16


Other7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017
CityKuala Lumpur


  • engineering education
  • forefront technology
  • international meeting
  • leadership
  • presentation
  • research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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