Students from Japanese university experience NC State

The Global Training Initiative at NC State hosted 25 of the top graduate students from Japan’s Nagoya University. These students took part in a two-week immersion program that included lectures on innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology transfers. They also presented their research at companies and organizations around the Triangle while networking with the research and professional community at NC State and in the Triangle.

“The program gave me an opportunity to experience the American culture of conducting research and doing business,” said one of the student participants.

The Nagoya University students met with NC State faculty from the College of Education, Poole College of Management, and the Graduate School. The students also toured the Entrepreneurship Inititative’s Garage and met with current NC State students who are launching their own businesses.

NC State’s Career Development Center also coordinated site visits around the Triangle. Nagoya University students engaged with researchers and employees at companies like Syngenta, Advanced Energy, RTI International, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Nitta Gelatin, and Grassroots Biotechnology.

The two-week program also included site visits to the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, the NC Department of Commerce, Carrboro High School, Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and a weekend trip to Washington, DC.

“This type of immersive experience gives international students a glimpse of what makes the university and its government and industry partners so successful,” said GTI Director Michael Bustle. “We hope this is the start of a deepening partnership with Nagoya University that will open up opportunities for NC State students to travel, research, study, or participate in internships in Japan.

Click here to see a short video about the two-week program.

Below are more pictures from the Nagoya University Program at NC State: