Sakura Science Plan: UTM and National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima College


Dr. Nurzal Effiyana binti Ghazali from School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering received Japan Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Science Plan) Grant from Japan Science and Technology Agency. The objective of this grant is to introduce active learning activity at National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima College. The activity involved introduction of Problem Based Learning (PBL) for Internet of Things (IoT) project.

Figure 1: During PBL activity

Ten UTM’s students joined this program. Eight of them are students from School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and two students from Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics. During the program, the students visited two Japanese company, Yupiteru Corporation and Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation. During the visit, they were exposed to the Japanese work culture and chance to work with Japanese company.


Figure 2: Memory picture at Yupiteru Corporation



Besides company visit, we went to Arimura Lava Observatory to observe lava rock in the Arimura area at the foot of Minamidake. In addition, we went to Kagoshima Municipal Science Hall where the students experience earthquake and typhoon there.

Figure 3: Discussion session with Vice President of Kagoshima Municipal Science Hall


For a cultural exchange activity, our students bring three traditional games which are batu seremban, gasing and teng-teng. Japanese students really enjoyed during the activity.

Figure 4: During traditional game activity

Figure 5: Dance performance during closing ceremony