Promotion of Regional Cooperation
Promotion of regional cooperation through the center of community (COC)
Under the COC initiative, we are vigorously promoting activities by students to resolve challenges faced by the communities based on the idea that “the university and community together foster students.”
Activities in the past one year produced remarkable achievements, including not only continued and expanded community-building efforts, such as the use of waterways in the Toyosu and Shibaura areas and community-focused workshops in Ageo and Omiya in Saitama Prefecture but also monozukuri (creating things) initiatives. A robot collaboration system created in cooperation with multiple organizations in the waterfront area of Tokyo and an agricultural support system that promotes cooperation between Saitama City and Hokuriku region drew high regard, winning an award and attracting media coverage.
Enhancement of Various Open Lectures and the Robot Seminar
We continue to provide open lectures in cooperation with Saitama City in Saitama Prefecture and Tokyo’s Minato and Chuo Wards, thereby promoting feedback of intellectual properties to the communities in the neighborhoods of our campuses. We are also conducting activities coordinated with the project to develop local knowledge centers.
The robot seminar, which is intended mainly for elementary school pupils and junior high school students, aims at fostering creativity by providing them with opportunities to experience the joy of monozukuri (creating things) through the creation of robots. The cumulative number of participants in the seminar, which is held at various locations across Japan, mainly in the Kanto region, has surpassed 20,000. Every autumn, a national convention is held.
Collaboration with Communities
At the Toyosu Campus, we are actively conducting a regional cooperation activity that takes advantage of the presence of a waterway behind the school building. In collaboration with local residents and companies, we held the “Fune Café” event (fune literally means a ship in Japanese), which included the opening of a makeshift waterfront café and cruising. Another collaborative event held at the campus was the “Toyosu Suisai Festival” (suisai means watercolors), which included the display of LED candle artworks, a photo contest, and live music performances. Many students participated in these events.
At the Omiya Campus, the annual Omiya Festival is also held. The students, including those coming from abroad, were actively involved in community events, such as summer festival in which they engage in various performances and open food stalls.
At the Shibaura Campus, the Shibaura Illumi event is held in winter, featuring illumination displays created by students of the College of Engineering and Design and placed around the campus.
As a university with deep rooted values and cultural linkages with the neighboring communities, the Shibaura Institute of Technology is a pioneer in the promotion of regional cooperation activities that takes advantage of the distinctive characteristics of each campus.