Winners pose with President Murakami at the award ceremony at Omiya Campus
Winners pose with President Murakami at the award ceremony at Omiya Campus
1st place winners with President Murakami: (Far left: Akiya Kaishū Project leader Jin Ishizuka, far right: project member Keiho Nagata)
1st place winners with President Murakami: (Far left: Akiya Kaishū Project leader Jin Ishizuka, far right: project member Keiho Nagata)

Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) announced the winners of the Best Student Projects Award for Academic Year 2015 on Sunday, May 22 at Omiya Campus.

Student Projects are the extracurricular activities wheres groups of students submit proposals and, if approved, receive funds of up to 500,000 yen per year from the university. Student Projects Selection Committee, led by the university President, Dr. Masato Murakami evaluates the submitted proposals and issues approvals every year.

The winning Student Projects for 2015 academic year were as follows:
1st place: Akiya Kaishū (Vacant House Renovation) Project
2nd place: International Communication Project (ICP)
2nd place: Ishigakijima wo Genki ni suru (Ishigakijima Coral Reef Conservation) Project

“I was very much impressed by the students’ initiative and hard work. Although the winners this year were the projects with a long history of success, there were many up-and-coming projects that were worthy of recognition. I am looking forward to the growth of such projects,” Dr. Murakami remarked after the presentations.

“We weren’t necessarily working hard to win the awards, but we are very happy with the outcome. We will continue our work with local communities,” Jin Ishizuka, the leader of Akiya Kaishū Project, said.

At SIT, Student Projects are making positive impacts on local communities and society at large. As the result, some of the student-run projects have grown into larger, influential philanthropy groups with support from local communities and municipalities.

1st place: Akiya Kaishū Project

The goal of Akiya Kaishū Project is to create more spaces for communities and solutions for the ever-growing number of vacant houses by renovating them.
The members built a communal kitchen inside a former warehouse in a small town of Higashiizu in Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture in academic year 2015.

2nd place: International Communication Project (ICP)

International Communication Project aims to provide the space for domestic and international students to mingle through Japanese traditional culture workshops, networking events and international luncheons. The ICP students are known to volunteer their time to promote study abroad programs and help new international students settle into the new living environment.

2nd place: Ishigakijima wo Genki ni suru Project

Ishigakijima, a small tropical island in Okinawa Prefecture, is the home to Japan’s largest coral reef. The members of the Ishigakijima wo Genki ni suru Project travel to the island several times a year to protect the local marine life from environmental damages. During their stays, the members run awareness campaigns and host sunflower-planting events with local school children.

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