On November 9th, 12 Malaysian students from Hulu Selangor High School, 2 supervising Malaysian teachers, and 24 high school students from Nara visited NAIST Open Campus 2014, as part of the "Japan-Malaysia Exchange Project 2014～THE NEXT STAGE・THE STRONGER BOND," held by the National Soni Youth Outdoor Learning Center. (Commissioned by MEXT)
The aim of this visit was to develop an understanding of NAIST and its activities, as well as Japan. Before laboratory tours, a general introduction of NAIST was given and the students attentively listened to the descriptions of the cutting-edge research that is performed in our graduate schools and the student's experiences at NAIST.
Following this, with the help of six international students from Malaysia, the group toured laboratory booths held for the Open Campus to see firsthand NAIST's rich research environment and exciting research. The students viewed a demonstration of a robot that can imitate human facial expression, looked through an electron microscope to see cancer cells, and listened to explanations about the mechanisms of light colors, showing interest in many different booths and enjoying their time in the busy open campus event. They also visited Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., inquiring about the company and the technology and facilities that were introduced to them..
After the tour, a representative of the Malaysian high school expressed her gratitude towards NAIST faculty and staff. Their visit to NAIST as part of the MEXT-commissioned program was a memorable experience for all those involved.