Development of AgriBio Leaders with an International Perspective

King Mongkut’s University of Technology ThonburiSTUDENT INTERVIEWSTEP!Program Name: Learning about the Science of Tropical Crops at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, AY 2013Contents: Special lecture on tropical crops, Field trips to orchid farm, mangrove forest and market’ve participated in the program from the desire to study agriculture in Asia after learning of the importance and excitement involved in agriculture through university lectures and workshops. My discovery of culture and history in Thailand and tree planting in the tropical mangrove forest were very good experience. I was also stimulated by the fluency of the Thai students in speaking English. Prior to participating in the program, I wasn’t confident with my English and was afraid of taking risks. But gathering up a little courage and trying help me change dramatically, also in my way of thinking.Erika TairaAgricultural Resources, Engineering and Economics courseProgram participation: 2013University of Georgia Costa RicaSTUDENT INTERVIEWSTEP!Program Name: Learning sustainability at the University of Georgia Costa Rica, AY 2013Contents: Special lecture on sustainability, insect gathering, research on tree diameter at breast height, data production, installation of biodigesters at farms, visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, chocolate tour, visit to United Nations University for Peace, etc.Keisuke SuematsuPlant Production, Agricultural Bio Resource Sciences Program participation: 2013Iosta Rica has a rich ecosystem and biodiversity and is a pioneering nation in environmental protection. In the country, I engaged not only in the observation of its unique animal and plant species but also in research and analysis with biological methods. With the entire program conducted in English, I feel that I gained better skills in English reading, writing and thinking, alongside understanding of the local ecosystem and learning of the concepts of sustainability. I plan to make use of the knowledge and language skills acquired in the program to continue research from the agricultural and food production perspectives and communicate the achievements to the international community.Cm for Scientific Experience the challenges of the agri-bio leaderSTEP!Program name: Fieldwork in biological resources at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture, AY 2013~Contents: Special joint lecture with local students, group-based research into rice, tea and fruit farmers, visits to livestock farmers and coffee plantations, etc.STUDENT INTERVIEWShobu KurokiFisheries Science, Animal Resources courseProgram participation: 2015t was my first time traveling abroad, and English is not my best subject. In the beginning, I was only able to understand parts of what the Vietnamese students were saying and, feeling that I was causing difficulties for them, remained passive. When we played soccer with them, however, we were able to communicate how we felt with words such as “pass” and “nice shoot”! The distance between us shrank all at once. From then on, I was able to actively enjoy interacting with them, notwithstanding the language barrier and not restricted to sports. I learned that facial expressions and gestures can be used as a language tool, so long as you have the strong determination to communicate to others. I gradually adapted to things that are different from Japan and was able to appreciate what I required it as common sense or given.IVietnam National University of Agriculture (Hanoi, Vietnam)14


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