- About ISMAI - an international symposium -
- ISMAI-06 2012
What is ISMAI?
ISMAI, which we pronounce as [ɪs maɪ], stands for “International Symposium on Mechanics, Aerospace and Informatics Engineering”. Beginning in 2007, ISMAI is an annual international symposium that is mutually held between and by the Departments of Mechanical Engineering majors of Meiji University and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Gyeongsang National University, one of 10 Flagship Korean National Universities. The symposium has been held annually in alternating venues of Japan and Korea in turn. The 2011 symposium was held at BEXCO – Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, Korea. With the growth of higher interest in globalization and the positive feedback from past participants, contents and activities of ISMAI have been improving in quality and expanding in size year after year.
Can I participate in ISMAI?
Participants of Meiji University – 84 attendees in 2011, which were mainly graduate students, at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Graduate School of Science and Technology, and senior undergraduate students from the the Departments of Mechanical Engineering Informatics and the Mechanical Engineering. In most cases at regular curriculum, junior and senior students are supposed to take their own seminar courses and conduct research of their own studies. In case of ISMAI, all participants of the symposium are supposed to write research papers in English and then present their research and results, in the form of poster or oral presentations at the symposium.
What can I expect other than the presentations? What kind of inter-cultural communication?
Many participants have enjoyed themselves by communicating with other Japanese and Korean students and faculty, at the symposium by aggressively using English or body language. As Japanese participants share hotel rooms with Korean participants, during their stays and especially at the wrap–up party after the symposium, they enjoy inter–cultural and international communication in a friendly and casual manner. We have received many positive reports from past participants on how they enjoyed themselves and learned a lot from ISMAI experiences. For example, here is one of our typical reports, “Participating in ISMAI was a great and beneficial experience for me and I enjoyed presenting my first English report before an audience and having my first non–Japanese room mates during my stay. These experiences were so important to me and they really stimulated my thought process so much.”
Intercommunication between Japanese and Koreans only?
Communicating with Korean people, our neighbor and one of the most familiar foreign nations for Japanese, is the best first step for improving international communication. We have seen some cases where students, after their participation in ISMAI decided to advance to doctorate courses, or to study at colleges and graduate schools in either the United States or Europe, as ISMAI evoked a sense of international awareness in those students. Through experiences at ISMAI, students gained further interest in advanced studies and foreign cultures. Along with this, most students braced themselves for the challenges of the future after attending ISMAI, becoming aware of the advanced English skills of the Korean students, who were being encouraged by their government policy and by observing the advancement of the fast growing Korean technologies, and by understanding the severity of international competition in industries during the ISMAI activities.