The IAC International Student Network Group hosted a joint company information session for international students at the JSCE headquarters on Saturday, December 19th, 2015, with the aim of providing international students studying in Japan an opportunity to learn about Japanese civil engineering and related companies and obtain employment information. Rather than being held in the spring, as in previous years, the 3rd Joint Company Information Session was held in the winter to reflect the feedback from the questionnaire survey that we conducted at last year’s session. We hope that holding the session before a job-search season begins will increase employment opportunities for international students in Japan.
Eight companies participated and seven companies delivered presentations in the session this year. Each company handed out its brochures and talked about its business outline to the students at its booth. Sixty-three students attended the session, mainly from universities in the Kanto region.
Eight companies participated in the session: Obayashi Corporation, Kajima Corporation, Katahira & Engineers International, Katahira & Engineers Inc., Nippon Koei Co., Ltd., Dai Nippon Construction, Toda Corporation, and Eight-Japan Engineering Consultants Inc.
At the beginning of the session, Mr. Fujii, Director for Overseas Project Promotion of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, discussed the ministry’s expansion of overseas activities. Next, Mr. Kim, Jeongho, a former international student who works for Obayashi Corp., a Japanese construction company, spoke of his experience. Next, for the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), the IAC introduced the JASSO’s employment assistance for international students. Then, each company made a 10-minute presentation.
The students listened intently to the briefings on the projects and business operations of the companies and also to the explanations of the companies’ recruitment of foreign students. Then, the students went to the company booths to collect information about their businesses and job opportunities. As in the session last year, the presentation session was short so as to allot more time for the booth session, allowing students to focus their attention on the presentations and obtain detailed information at the booths.
The explanation session, which allowed the companies and the international students to discuss employment opportunities, was well received by both parties. However, because the Japanese construction industry is not known
well among international students and there is the limited number of job openings and unclear required level of Japanese language proficiency for those students, it should be difficult for them to consider working in Japan as an alternative. It is a challenge for student from overseas to find a job in Japan.
One of the presenters, Mr. Long of Katahira & Engineers International, gained employment last year through the joint company information session, which was encouraging to for the participants as well as us the organizers of the event.
We are aware that the session series may not contribute to the increase in job opportunities for international students at least in the near future, but we will continue to provide an opportunity to link between international students and the Japanese business sector.
【Kohei NAGAI, International Student Network Group Leader, International Activities Center (The University of Tokyo)】
The program of the session is explained
Consultations at the company booths.
Report on Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering (CICHE) 2015 Annual Meeting
Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering (CICHE) organized 2015 International Forum and 2015 Annual Meeting at National Taiwan University in Taipei on 20th and 21st November 2015. JSCE sent its team consisting of Dr. Makoto KANAI, Ms. Yukiko SHIBUYA and I to respond the invitation to JSCE. Dr. Kanai, who is Principal Advisor, Obayashi Corporation as well as Former Director of JSCE International Affairs Division, was one of the six contributors for the Forum whose theme was “Anticipating Grand Future (迎接大未来): Experience Sharing of Megaprojects”. The Forum was quite informative to all of the participants, which introduced the widening project and ETC system of Taiwan’s National Freeway, the state-of-the-art tunneling technology in Japan, the designing of various mega airport projects in the world, the history and state-of-the-art technology with Incheon Airport, and the natural disaster prevention methodology integrating multiple engineering fields in Taiwan. The contributors were the relevant top engineers from public sectors in Taiwan and Korea, general contractor in Japan, design consultant in Hong Kong and academia in Taiwan. Besides those presentations on the mega projects, an inspiring talk on bridge the gap between the East and West was delivered by Prof. Xila LIU of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In his talk he mentioned that the both Chinese characters in the word “未来” (future in Chinese/Japanese) consist of 土 and 木. In fact 土木 is civil engineering in Chinese/Japanese. So civil engineering itself means “future”. This is quite interesting interpretation.
In the morning of 21st November the Annual Meeting was started by the opening speech of Prof. Liang-Jenq LEU, President of CICHE. The international delegates including the JSCE team were among the guests on stage.
On behalf of the international delegates, I delivered a short greeting. At the end of the opening session the keynote lecture was delivered by Dr. San-Cheng CHANG, Vice Premier, Executive Yuan. The opening session was followed by ceremony of various awards, such as lifetime achievement awards, certification of civil engineering cultural asset, new fellows, paper awards, student scholarship awards, BIM technical awards and student project awards. Five sessions with invited speakers and one session for the presentation of the student project award winners were organized in the afternoon.
Another purpose of JSCE team was to hold CICHE-JSCE annual meeting. The meeting was held among Prof. LEU, Prof. Chiwan Wayne HSIEH, CICHE International Affairs Committee Chair, Dr. Edward WANG and JSCE team after the International Forum. The meeting concluded that the 1st CICHE-JSCE Civil Engineering Workshop among engineers and students would be organized in Taiwan, as the new direction of the collaboration, on the occasion of the visit of Mr. Noriaki HIROSE, JSCE President to CICHE in 2016.
The international delegates were all invited for the welcome reception on 20th November and for the Annual Meeting banquet on 21st November. I feel wonderfully warm welcome by Taiwan friends at every visit to Taiwan. This visit was no exception. Prof. Yin-Wen CHAN kindly became the tour guide for the JSCE team on the campus of National Taiwan University, including National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering. We look forward to having closer and wider collaboration between CICHE and JSCE.
【UEDA Tamon, Senior Director of JSCE International Activities Center (Hokkaido University)】
- 2016/2/29 Civil Engineering Seminar, hosted by the IAC Indonesia Group and Indonesia Section (Jakarta, Indonesia)
- 2016/3/21-22 The 2nd MES-JSCE Joint Symposium (Yangon, Myanmar)
- 2016/3/25-27 Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC) 30th Executive Committee Meeting (ECM) (New Delhi, India)
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We are holding the 5th Great East Japan Earthquake symposium on March 1 & 2. Miffiy Café Kamaishi was opened in December 2015. Many activities have been implemented to support the area to recover from the disaster in Tohoku. Infrastructures such as roads, schools, hospitals have been rebuilt, and towns are ready for evacuated citizens to move back into. In the meantime, will they get back their old jobs or get new jobs to support themselves back there? That is not a local but nationwide challenge that we should deal with, isn’t it? (Y.S.)