Engr. Christine Marie Ilagan-Gohetia, Alumni and Public Relations Officer, Engr. Francis Mayo, Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering, Ted Anthony Tarona, 5th Year BS Electrical Engineering student, and Fretzel Eve Sanchez, 4th year BS Computer Engineering student, were sent to Saitama, Japan last October 24, 2016 – November 6, 2016 for a two-week training about learning the principles of the Japanese Monozukuri, or the art of craftsmanship.
Along with them were 6 students and 4 faculty members from USJ-R, and 2 students and 1 faculty member from CTU.
Two months after Intensive Courses A and B were held, Saitama-Cebu Comprehensive Human Resource Monozukuri Project commenced its third part which is the visit to Japan for an immersion experience in its culture and work ethics.
The program formally opened at Saitama Prefecture Government Office on October 25, 2016.
On the days that followed the Cebuano delegates visited different Japanese manufacturing companies, namely, Shibasaki, Honda Yorii, Industria, Mikami, Kodensha, Ninomiya, and Nissin Seiki. Every company tour was another exciting opportunity to know more about various engineering fields while getting a good grasp about the Japanese work ethics, discipline, and utmost value for nature and humanity.
Apart from companies, they also visited Japanese universities such as Toyo University, Institute of Technology, and Monotsukuri University. During their visit, they were toured around the campus and shown artistic building design exhibits, excellent classroom and laboratory facilities, and had the chance to interact with Japanese and International students.
Exploring the Japanese culture and tradition, the delegates visited Kawagoe shrine, Shibusawa Eiichi Museum, Ashikaga Gakko, the oldest University in Japan, and Meiji Temple through which they learned more about the Japanese history.
They also had the privilege to visit Tsurugashima City and see the city’s incineration process, JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency), Panasonic, even wear Japanese kimono, and witness President Duterte’s speech in Tokyo.
The closing ceremony was held on November 4, 2016 at Saitama Prefecture Government Office. Each student and faculty member reported a brief presentation about their two-week experience in Japan which was followed by a short cultural dance presentation.
The ambassadors of goodwill left Saitama, Japan on November 6, 2016 bringing with them the memories and the challenge to share and apply what they have learned and experienced throughout the two-week immersion trip to their fellow students and faculty.
Source: Engr. Christine Gohetia
21 November 2016