Fifteen Masters students from nine different universities across Japan have just completed a four week summer school entitled ‘Ocean Energy – An International Dimension’ at Robert Gordon University (RGU).
The students are part of the Nippon Foundation Marine Pioneers of the Future Scholarship Programme.
The four week programme included modules on marine engineering, oil and gas and offshore renewables, as well as industrial site visits to companies such as ROVOP in Aberdeen and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
The students also had the opportunity to experience Scottish culture with visits to Edinburgh, local castles and a distillery. They also attended a dinner in honour of the Mayor of Nagasaki with the Lord Provost at the Town House.
The summer programme concluded with the students presenting the projects they had worked on over the four week period to an industry and academic panel followed by a graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
The Nippon Foundation is a social innovation grant organisation which is leading the effort to enhance capacity building in offshore engineering in Japan. RGU was delighted to be chosen by the Nippon Foundation to host the students this summer and the hope is that this will be the start of a long-standing relationship.
Head of the Office of Marine Development Capacity Building at the Nippon Foundation, Masanori Yoshida, said: “We are pleased to establish the summer programme in cooperation with RGU and dispatch 15 passionate Japanese students as the first fellows.
“Scotland has taken the initiative in the offshore oil and gas and marine renewable energy sectors, while RGU has collaborated with industry for many decades and developed its advantage in these sectors.
“I hope that the students can learn a lot of things from the programme and that we can further strengthen our relationship in the future.”
Following the summer school success, Donella Beaton, Head of Business Development for RGU, has been invited by the Nippon Foundation to travel to Tokyo in October to present at a symposium and explore opportunities for RGU to further develop its relationship both with the Nippon Foundation and more widely in Japan.
Donella said: “It was a real privilege to host the summer school at RGU which has been a huge success. We look forward to building on our relationship with the Nippon Foundation and continue to support the development of Japan’s offshore engineering capacity.”
In addition to the summer school, the university has been strengthening its ties with Japan and has welcomed a number of delegations in the last fortnight including a group of Japanese academics from Nagoya University discussing integrated health and social care, and a delegation from Kobe City exploring opportunities for collaboration and learning in the subsea and health sectors.
Release by Anna Duthie
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