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Internship program in Japan broadens horizons for Taiwanese students

2012/08/03 20:47:53

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) An internship program involving a Japanese university and semiconductor company has helped Taiwanese students broaden their horizons during school holidays, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) said Friday.

According to Chen Chao-chang, a professor with NTUST's mechanical engineering master's program, the university launched the internship program with its sister institution Kyushu Institute of Technology to enhance the students' practical experiences.

Besides integrated theory and practical operation, the attitudes of different countries can be learned through business internship, thus Taiwan's international perspective will be broadened, Chen said.

Several graduate students from NTUST's mechanical engineering master's program are presently in Japan on a two-week internship, the university said.

In their first week, the students will take classes on chemical mechanical polishing at the Japanese institute, after which they will intern at Ebara Corp., a pump manufacturer that has business interests in the infrastructure and semiconductor sectors.

During the whole two-week process, students have to present everything in English, even when they are taking classes, giving presentations or in meetings, NTUST said.

Chang Shao-hua, a student who took part in the program during the last recent winter vacation, said he could not get used to speaking in English at first, but his ability improved with time.

While there are a number of cultural differences between Taiwan and Japan, the discipline and originality of Japanese are worthy characteristics for Taiwanese to adopt, added Tu Wei-gang, another student who has participated in the internship.

Tu added he learned a lot from his experience, especially as the program offered him a better understanding of the practical situation in an international enterprise.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Lisha Hsu)