The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) offers an annual summer internship program that is designed to serve as a learning platform for students from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in UAE. The Masdar Institute is a graduate level university that lays emphasis on research, and sustainable advanced technologies.
The six weeks JICE internship program exposes the Masdar Institute students to the latest and most advanced energy and renewable technology training while also allowing the students to get a feel of the work and social culture of the Japanese people.
Five corporations in Japan make this possible by opening their doors to these students allowing them to learn more about clean technology.
- Yokagawa Electric Corporation
- Mitsubishi Electric
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
- Chiyoda Corporation
- JGC Corporation.
These Corporations offer internship to 9 students annually who interact with the company staff and gain invaluable knowledge of different technologies in the said corporations. The program is sponsored by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry in Japan.
As at mid- July 2015, 9 students from the Masdar Institute had successfully undergone the JICE internship program. The program started on the 12th of April with an orientation lecture and basic lessons in the Japanese Language. A departure orientation on cultural immersion followed on the 23rd of April in Abu Dhabi. All this was done before the 9 students left for the internship program that ran from the 17th of May to June 26th to ensure an easy transition and prepare the students for the training.
During the internship period in Japan, the students got exposed to advanced technology and also interact with professionals in the above mentioned corporations. These students were drawn from various technology related disciplines such as chemical engineering, Engineering Systems and Technology, Electrical Power and Engineering and Computing and Information science.
The 9 students who underwent the internship program were placed in the corporation that matches their discipline to ensure that the technology they were exposed to would be beneficial to them both in the short term and in the long run. Some of the areas where the students were exposed to include use of automation methods in manufacturing, integration of software in production control systems, photovoltaics plants and their layout and design, concentrating solar power and the use of renewable energy, and ways of using renewable energy sustainably in order to develop a country. The students also got to see firsthand what effects the use of technology to minimize emissions and pollution had on the Smart City project in Japan.
Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, the interim Provost in Masdar institute stated that the collaboration with JICE was meant to equip its students with the right skills and knowledge to make an impact in the UAE workforce where technology is concerned and also strengthen the country’s ties with Japan. Masako Kishimoto, the Vice President at JICE echoed these sentiments and was happy that the Masdar Institute students were keen to learn about the latest advancements in technology. He was happy about the programs efforts to ensure human Development in the UAE and strengthen the relationship between these two countries.
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