The Japanese academic year ends in March and starts in April. We followed graduating and newly entering students, and documented the Graduation and Entrance ceremonies that mark its end and beginning.
Each year, the NAIST Recycling Club collects household items from graduating students, and redistributes them to the incoming students that need them most. This is a big win for the graduating students, the new students, and the environment! The club hosts the yearly Recycle Market behind the school cafeteria. This year’s event was held on April 4, and I had the chance to document all the buzz around the event.
Students participating in the Creative and International Competitiveness Project (CICP) presented their finished projects during the Spring Seminar and the Open Campus of February 24 and 25.
On January 13, the annual Job Festa took place at NAIST in the Millennium Hall. This event is aimed to NAIST doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers who are interested in doing research for a company after graduating. The attendees could freely walk around the booths and talk with the employees of 20 different technology companies for about three hours.
With a student body consisting of roughly 20% international students, the NAIST campus fosters a global and vibrant culture. NAIST celebrates its diverse student body with an annual International Friendship Meeting.
NAIST students are encouraged to pursue their own research projects. One of the avenues that NAIST offers is the CICP (Creative and International Competitiveness Project), a 6-month program in which students assemble a team, apply with a proposal and independently manage research funds to realize their project. At the CICP workshop, students present their progress.
The NAIST Tea Time is an opportunity to connect with faculty, staff and students across the whole campus. This time, guests enjoyed Buko Pandan, a traditional Filipino dessert, and played Fukuwarai, a traditional Japanese New Year’s game.
At the annual Reuse Market, students can receive used appliances and goods donated by students who have graduated and left the university. In 2016, over 200,000 JPY (2,000 USD) worth of goods have been distributed to students on a pay-what-you-want basis. The Recycling Club recounts what goes into planning and organizing the event, and how it became what it is today.
On November 13th NAIST carried out his Open Campus event. Unlike the one that takes place in March, this one targets kids and is full with activities and stalls where they can interact with new technologies and try a variety of interesting demos. But in the middle of all of that, there is always a moment for some physical activity. For this, NAIST Kendo Club also participated in the event, offering an exhibition of kendo equipment, videos of current tournaments and, the most popular, a kendo try-out.
On November 13th, NAIST carried out an Open Campus dedicated especially to kids, where they could learn about science while having fun at the same time.