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Japan's Fukui University opens branch in Bangkok

NATION MULTIMEDIA GROUP chairman Suthichai Yoon and Dr Ken Kanai, |chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kanai Educational Institution, attend the launch of Fukui University of Technology

NATION MULTIMEDIA GROUP chairman Suthichai Yoon and Dr Ken Kanai, |chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kanai Educational Institution, attend the launch of Fukui University of Technology

Opportunities for Thais wishing to study science, engineering, design - have widened, as a private Japanese university has set up an office in the Kingdom to assist students in pursuing further education in Japan.

Fukui University of Technology (FUT), recently established an Asean office in Bangkok, its first such move in Southeast Asia, in an attempt to search for eligible Thai students and help them with Japanese-language improvement before they enter the university, said Etsuo Matsuura, manager of the office.

"We're famous for teaching applied nuclear technology, industrial business and engineering, management information, science and products, space and media design," he said.

FUT is renowned for its Applied Nuclear Technology Department, as it offers students practical knowledge in nuclear and radiation engineering.

Within Fukui Prefecture, there are nuclear power plants and accompanying research organisations and facilities, which give students the opportunity to study the most cutting-edge technology through visits, practical learning and internships, he added.

The university - which was inaugurated by the Kanai Educational Institution in 1965 - also has electrical, electronic and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, architecture and environment engineering, and environmental and biological chemistry departments.

"FUT knows Japanese people's working perspective. Students will absorb that from FUT during their studies there. Many Japanese firms have invested in Thailand. We aim to produce Thais who can work for them; for instance, engineers who will be able to work as a coordinator between Japanese people at management level and other Thai employees, for more effective working," he said.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM MAY

Matsuura said he planned to get students to send in applications to study for bachelor's and master's degrees from next month. The Asean office was formally opened on Tuesday.

The primary qualification is that potential students should have studied mathematics and Japanese at Matthayom 5 or 6, or at bachelor's level. Knowledge in the fields of science or industry is an additional qualification.

FUT will work with Nation Group to establish a Japanese language centre to teach selected applicants Japanese for a year until they are able to study in the language, as it is used in all of the university's programmes.

"We will offer them the same tuition fee as at state universities in Japan, reducing it from ¥1.2 million to ¥600,000 [from about Bt350,000 to Bt175,000] per year," he said. "We're adjusting our admission exam and teaching, making the level of Japanese language easier for students from within Asean," Matsuura said.

If the Thailand venture proves to be a success, FUT plans to open offices in Vietnam and Malaysia, he added.

n Call (02) 338 3891 or visit www.fukui-ut.ac.jp for details.


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