I’m here to learn as much as I can
Affiliation and year: Second year, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Undergraduate School of Engineering
Nationality: South Korea
Unlike many international students who enter Japanese universities from graduate school, Mr. Han started in the undergraduate school at Tohoku University. He did so under the auspices of a special science and engineering program supported by the governments of South Korea and Japan. He became aware of the program while attending a special high school for gifted young science students in Daegu where he developed a keen interest in the environment and nuclear power.
“This is an excellent opportunity for me,” he says. He studied Japanese for six months before applying for the program, in addition to studying his regular school subjects. After passing the entrance exam, he came to Japan and studied Japanese for a further six months.
Now, he feels very much at home in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He has been able to pursue his interests in nuclear power and environmental issues, making good use of the department’s environmental research laboratories. He feels that his experience at Tohoku University has definitely widened his perspective as an aspiring engineer.
“In terms of fundamental technologies, the rest of Asia and the world at large can learn a great deal from Japan. I’m here to learn as much as I can,” he says.
Looking beyond graduation, he has his eye on the master’s program. Eventually, Mr. Han would like to work in Japan, but is not fussy about the location. If he finds the job he wants, he will go anywhere.
To aspiring Korean students, he recommends Tohoku University because it offers a superb environment for young engineers who love to study and do research. He also finds Sendai a great place to live, combining the amenities of a big city with the friendliness of a small town.
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