Eighty two (82) students who just finished their master course in civil engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich) traveled through Japan as part of their final program. At the very end of their intense, almost two-week tour, they visited the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering.
Prof. Hironori Kato, the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, gave the opening speech and introduction. He spoke fondly of his time at ETH Zurich and encouraged the students to also study or research at the Japanese university.
Following Prof. Kato’s remarks, a video message provided by Prof. Robert J. Flatt, Director of study for Civil Engineering at ETH Zurich, was shown. The witty and personal comments of Prof. Flatt were appreciated by the Japanese organizers.
Then two students from each university gave presentations; Mr. Christian Fankhauser on “Rocking base isolation”, Mr. Jan Gmür on “Tsunami waves due to seismically triggered failure of fine sediments in reservoirs”, Mr. Mizuka Saito on “A classification of transit-oriented development cases” and Mr. Atta E. Mustafa on “The effect of MTMD on nonlinear large amplitude vibration behavior of PRC girder bridge excited by Hight-Speed Train.” In between the presentations, the students who took the lead in organizing the trip for the ETH Zurich students introduced their alma mater and the purpose of their travel.
This was the final day for the class to be together as a whole since many students would move on to industry or other places to study. It was touching to see all the farewell hugs.
The Science & Technology Office Tokyo wishes all the students a bright future ahead and look forward to seeing some come back (maybe with a less packed schedule!)