2304 hours in Japan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT Ube College
NUR SURAYA BINTI AMAD MAZNI
From：University Technology MARA School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Period：Octber17 2022-Junuary20 2023
I am Suraya Mazni, a student from UiTM Shah Alam, Malaysia taking bachelor in Mechanical Engineering. I came to National Institute of Technology (NIT), Ube College, Japan to do a research program along with culture exchange purpose. I am currently doing a research about Characterization of Heat-Treated Additively Manufactured 316L Stainless Steel under supervision of Professor Minoru Goto.
Few hands on tests on the specimens have been conducted such as Optical Microscope, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), and Pin on Disk Test (Tribotester). It was very great to be given an opportunity to handle those tests on my own as some of the machines are not available at my university. Professor Goto helped me a lot starting from setting appointment date to use the machines up until the presentation day. Despite the language barrier as I cannot speak Japanese, he guided me well to understand about the processes and machines. I also communicated with other lecturers whom are Miss Watanabe and Mr Shinoda to run XRD test and Polishing. The techniques used here are quite different to the techniques I used to do in Malaysia. Some of the techniques were more convenient and upgraded hence it will be my responsibility to learn and understand it well so that it can be applied at UiTM Shah Alam.
Mechanical Engineering students with Professor Minoru Goto
Moving on to the activities outside of laboratory such as Nihongo Class, Nihalo Class and sightseeing. Nihongo Class is an extra classes to give exposure to Japanese students to learn more about Japanese culture while Nihalo Class is to improve their English Language. The other six students from Malaysia and I were given the opportunity to join those classes and surprisingly those classes were really amazing and will be an unforgettable memories. We were thought about “Syo Do/ Syu Ji” which is a Kanji Calligraphy and it was written using brush and ink. We exchanged culture by teaching how to write our names in Kanji Calligraphy and also in Jawi Calligraphy. We also learned about Japanese poems and proverbs in Nihongo Class through card games. Moreover, in Nihalo Class, there was an activity where Malaysia students were asked to teach Japanese students how to make Onde-Onde (Malaysia Traditional Dessert) using English language. It was so fun to share with them about our culture while the Japanese students also taught us about Mochi and Dango as those desserts have same texture as Onde-Onde.
Japanese students and Malaysian student writing names in Kanji and Jawi Calligraphy
Other than those activities in college, there were also outdoor activities have been carried out which are visiting Hiroshima Prefecture with Japanese students and teachers such as Atomic Bomb Dome and also Miyajima Island. The Atomic Bome Dome taught us about Japan history where it is a symbol of the devastation caused by the first atomic bomb in the history of humankind while Miyajima is a very mesmerizing place to be visited and their Momiji Manju tastes wonderful. I will surely come again there for the fried Momiji Manju. Other than that, Mr Hatamura and Mr Mitani have taken us for sightseeing to many amazing places such as Tsunoshima, Motonosumi Shrine, Akiyoshidai Cave and Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park. The scenery along the journey was so wonderful and peaceful.
A college trip to Hiroshima visiting Atomic Bomb Dome
Last but not least, it was a very big opportunity given to me to do a research in NIT Ube while exploring Japan country and their culture. I have gained a lot of useful knowledge about my study and also about Japanese culture as Japan is very famous for their discipline and cleanliness. It was really nice to have the opportunity to try the Japan signature food which is sushi and also to experience playing with the snow. The people were so nice and I was treated very nicely as they really guided my friends and I about the college and culture well. If I were given one more opportunity to come here, the answer would definitely be big YES.