Strengthening international industry-academia-government alliance in Japan and Southeast Asia
The Global Technology Initiative (GTI) Consortium was launched on Thursday, December 3, 2015. With Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) as its incorporator and Japanese and Southeast Asian universities and private companies as members, the Consortium aims to bolster cooperation among government agencies, academic and industry members, training of new engineering talents, promoting innovations and the competitiveness of the technological industries in the region.
The Consortium boasts over 120 members – including universities, companies, government agencies and so on. 18 of them serve on the Management Committee (For a full list of the 18 Committee members, please refer to Appendix I below).
SIT aspires to be a driving force in creating solutions for problems facing Japanese companies looking to expand to foreign markets in Asia, common social issues facing Southeast Asia and globalization of Japanese universities, making good use of its solid friendship with technical universities in Southeast Asia through many years of exchanging human resources and ideas.
1. The Background of the Establishment of the GTI Consortium
With growing needs for development and sales of internationally competitive products and services in overseas markets, an increasing number of Japanese companies have mass production bases in Asia, including ASEAN member states. However, many of them are struggling to retain outstanding employees and solve social and environmental challenges facing Asian nations, including sustainable use of local resources and disaster prevention.
Shibaura Institute of Technology has been involved in collaborative research and personnel training with technical universities in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam where SIT’s Japanese-style technology curricula are being implemented. The GTI Vision was born, as a result of such history of friendly cooperation among universities, companies and government bodies, so that future engineers can be trained, problems in production sites solved, innovations unhindered, and international industrial networks expanded; the GTI Vision has been one of the pillars of SIT’s mission as a member of the Top Global University Project since it received the honor in 2014. We are pleased to announce that over 120 members have joined forces in the founding of the Global Technological Initiative Consortium.
The Consortium strives to achieve its goals by investing in personnel training and problem-solving through the following projects.
2. Ongoing Projects
1. Global Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Train students to identify problems in real-life situations, come up with solutions, set up projects, conducting field surveys and presenting the results through the highly interactive and challenging Global PBL programs. A typical Global PBL participant works in a group with at least one student from another national/religious/ethnic background, most likely someone from Southeast Asian member states. With the guidance from academic supervisors and industrial mentors, Global PBL participants tackle real-life problems at multi-national companies and social issues in developing countries.
2. International Industry-academia-government Cooperative Research
With the help of Consortium member universities’ strong networks, member companies are able to expand the scope of research on a variety of topics including environmental issues, disaster prevention and sustainability.
3. Exchange of Teaching Staff and Active Learning
The Consortium aims to actively exchange faculty members in hopes to introduce Japanese-style technical pedagogy and expansion of doctoral degree awardees to international candidates in Japanese graduate school through Hybrid Twinning Program, thus stimulating further internationalization of Japanese universities.
4. Overseas Internships
Member companies in the Consortium strive to provide Japanese students internship opportunities to experience cultural diversity firsthand at their offices and factories in Southeast Asia. Likewise, said companies shall provide equivalent opportunities for international interns at Japanese offices and factories.
5. GTI Symposia
The Consortium holds annual symposia featuring presentations on the progress of above mentioned projects and guest speakers from member universities and organizations.
6. Participation in Intergovernmental Collaborative Projects
Consortium members shall actively partake in international collaborative projects in research and development, in addition to proposing and revising tailored research and development plans based on the needs of Consortium member states.
The GTI Consortium Kickoff Symposium
The GTI Consortium held its kickoff symposium in promotion of the GTI Vision at Toyosu Campus, Shibaura Institute of Technology, on December 3, 2015. Shibaura Institute of Technology invited the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as guests and speakers from Consortium members including IHI Corporation, NTT Data, Kogakuin University, Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo City University, Tokyo University of Science, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).