2023 Summer Program

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Saijo Miki  Hayashi Nobuhiro  Cross Jeffrey Scott  Ohashi Takumi  Kawashima Saho 
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Course description and aims

Human and a technology can work together to take a careful look at the vulnerable parts in the society for the development of social resilience: an ability of self-recovery and flexibility while current human daily lives have numerous on-going issues of crisis globally such as public health issues (COVID-19 pandemic), climate change (heavy rain showers), or natural disasters (earthquake and eruption of volcanos).
This time the intriguing summer program at Tokyo Institute of Technology will be held entitled: engineering design for social resiliency. It includes the most updated lectures based on climate, land and social situation in Japan with laboratory activities, a fun Japanese cultural event and friendly home room every week. Tokyo Tech offers an opportunity for participants to learn the technologies which would be necessary near future.

Student learning outcomes

1. Acquire the knowledge and skills of engineering design to make a resilient society.
2. Develop communication and presentation skills among international students in the interactive learning environment
3. Learn the principles of research ethics in international learning environment


Resilience, engineering design, communication skill, energy issue, AI and disaster prevention, well-being

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the orientation on the first day Professor Miki Saijyo, program director, explain the course and its goal. From the next day three professors, Professor Jeffery Cross, Associate Professor Takumi Oohashi and Professor Hayashi give lectures. Then, the students will select one laboratory (Laboratory of Prof. Cross, laboratory of Prof. Oohashi or laboratory of Prof. Hayashi) to visit next week according to the interest of specializations. The students visiting the same laboratory make a team, and each team has the visit to the laboratory and listen to the professor's specialized lecture. Moreover, there are field work in Tokyo so that the students can learn a resilient style of living. Every Monday there is a home room activity to learn communication theories and practice and to talk about the progress of team work. Each team works on to present their accomplishment during the summer program at a presentation. Receptions will be held at the beginning and the final days. Several joyful Japanese cultural activities are also prepared for the students to learn a way of resilient life.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Day 1: Tuesday, July 4th (2 class hours) Orientation, Welcome Reception by Saijyo and Kawashima
Class 2 Day 2: Wednesday, July 5th (2 class hours) Morning class by Cross
Class 3 Day 3: Thursday, July 6th (2 class hours) Morning class by Ohashi
Class 4 Day 4: Friday, July 7th (2 class hours) Morning class by Hayashi, afternoon visit for Japanese cultural activity Write an essay about the Japanese cultural activity
Class 5 Day 5: Monday, July 10th (1 class hour) Morning home room Select the laboratory to visit from three laboratories
Class 6 Day 6: Tuesday, July 11th (3 class hours) Specialized class and laboratory visit
Class 7 Day 7: Wednesday, July 12th (3 class hours) Specialized class and laboratory visit
Class 8 Day 8: Thursday, July 13th (3 class hours) Specialized class and laboratory visit
Class 9 Day 9: Friday, July 15th (3 class hours) Specialized class and laboratory visit, afternoon visit for Japan cultural activity (Movie) Write an essay about the Japanese cultural activity
Class 10 Day 10: Tuesday, July 18th (3 class hours) Specialized class and laboratory visit
Class 11 Day 11: Wednesday, July 19th (3 class hours) Specialized class and laboratory visit
Class 12 Day 12: Thursday, July 20th (3 class hours) Specialized class and laboratory visit
Class 13 Day 13: Thursday, July 21th (1 class hours) Group work for presentation
Class 14 Day 14: Monday, July 10th (1 class hour) Morning home room by Kawashima
Class 15 Day 15: Tuesday, July 15th (1 class hour) Morning home room by Kawashima
Class 16 Day 16: Wednesday, July 16th (4 class hours) Field work in the morning and afternoon
Class 17 Day 17: Thursday, July 27th (1 class hour) Group work for presentation
Class 18 Day 18: Friday, July 28th (2 class hour) Final presentation and closing party Prepare the slides for the final presentation with other team members



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course material will be delivered via T2SCHOLA

Assessment criteria and methods

Class participation, report writing and presentation

Related courses

  • LAW.X358 : Bringing Ideas in Remote Discussion
  • LAW.X434 : Idea, Writing and Communication
  • LAW.X441 : Tohoku Co-learning Camp (Leadership Course)

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

It is expected for the participants to be interactive among other team members in English.
The program will be accepting 10 international students and 10 Tokyo Tech students, which are 20 students in total.


・Students participate in a laboratory activity by selecting from three options of topics: energy, AI and disaster prevention or health and well-being.
・Basically, students must participate in all classes and events.
・Students have to tell the instructor beforehand if there is an absence during the program.
・Tokyo Tech students has to apply for the program at first and then ten of them selected by interview.
・Schedule and venue of laboratory activities are to be announced in details at the orientation.

Note: International Exchange Students cannot officially earn credits at Tokyo Tech; but instead, we will issue an Academic Record for each student at the end of each semester, which may be used for the credit transfer at the student's home university

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