October 3, 2023

MJIIT Global Project-Based Learning (gPBL) 2023 with Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

FAZRENA NADIA BINTI MD AKHIR
FAZRENA NADIA BINTI MD AKHIR

Global Project-Based Learning, or otherwise referred to as gPBL, is one of the many initiatives from Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan to facilitate outside-classroom learning via educational collaboration with partner universities. 

The arrival of Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) students and academic staffs at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

For a duration of 10 days, 17 students from SIT and 10 students from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (ChEE), Malaysia-Japan International Institute of technology (MJIIT) UTM KL which are referred to in this program as ‘MJIIT Buddy’, have participated in the SIT-MJIIT gPBL programme at MJIIT, UTM KL from 23rd February to 4th March 2023.

Conducting the experiment for methylene blue dye removal using activated bamboo charcoal as an adsorbent

During the program’s duration, the participants were divided into groups of 4 or 5 for Project-Based Learning (PBL). For a duration of roughly 4 days, the students worked in their respective groups to complete their assigned experiments in their assigned laboratories, conduct data analysis, and discuss their findings – all via self-directed learning. Each group presented their findings on the fourth day. The PBL segment of gPBL provided students the opportunity to hone their skills in the context of globalization as they navigate through new cultural settings and exchange of ideas through the students’ collaboration with peers. Additionally, the students of SIT were given a tour around the engineering laboratories available in MJIIT.

Conducting water quality assessment
Discussion among peers for Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Lab tour to MJIIT’s Algal Biomass iKOHZA (AlBio) with the SIT students
Final presentation on PBL findings

Cultural exchange is also an objective of gPBL. The students of SIT and UTM-MJIIT got to showcase their unique cultures during the Enculturation Dinner with UTM International on Day 5. The Enculturation Dinner was also attended by the honourable Pro-Vice Chancellor of UTM Kuala Lumpur campus, Profesor Ts. Dr. Abd Latif bin Saleh and MJIIT’s honourable dean, Prof. Ts. Dr. Ali bin Selamat.

The Japanese students of SIT delivered an enchanting performance of Soran Bushi, a famous sea shanty in Japan while the MJIIT buddies sang their hearts out to the classic pop hit ‘Kau Ilhamku’ by Man Bai.

The representative students of SIT delivering their greetings prior to performing Soran Bushi, a Japanese sea shanty
Obligatory post-event photo with everyone adoring traditional outfits and doing the Gyaru pose
Academic staff of MJIIT, SIT and technical staff from UTM International

Learning outside traditional settings was also emphasized as SIT students and MJIIT Buddies explored Kuala Lumpur during a social excursion with UTM International Kuala Lumpur where participants got to visit Kuala Lumpur’s hotspots. The students of SIT got to experience very authentic Malaysian experiences, even after the one-day slot ended. Accompanied by the MJIIT buddies, they got to try out local delicacies such as nasi kerabu, dodol, and the infamous durian fruit at local stalls.

Trip to KL Forest Eco Park
Walking on the trail at KL Forest Eco Park
Visit to KL Tower with UTM International
The Japanese students from SIT getting Henna tattoos done at Central Market, KL

Overall, this gPBL programme not only equipped participants with technical and analytical skills learned in traditional classroom settings, but also aided students to build strong interpersonal connections, comprehend a wider range of viewpoints, and acquire transferable skills necessary for engagement in multicultural societies.

Happy faces during the closing ceremony, marking the end of this year’s gBPL
The end of gPBL

Prepared by,

Izzah Nadzirah binti Rushdan Zaim & Dr. Fazrena Nadia binti Md Akhir

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