- グローバル理工人育成コース 超短期海外派遣プログラム
(報告者：修士課程1年/情報理工学院 Reporter: M1/School of Computing)
Georgia Institute of Technology Leadership Program is an elective part of the Global Scientists and Engineers Course, which is a breadth course. It is organized by the Office of International Education (OIE) and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) in Georgia Institute of Technology, enables students to build leadership skills and develop the practical abilities required to play an active part in the international perspective and a series of learning activities.
It held in 2023/3/6 to 19, 14 days to three destinations, San Francisco, Atlanta and San Jose. There were 13 undergraduates, 3 graduate students and 3 tutors went in group, to study student leadership, learn the life of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights movement and history, cultural exchange with students in GT, and visit companies in Silicon Valley.
Campus visiting included UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech. In UC San Francisco, we visited the Li Lab, Biochemistry and Biophysics. We met and greeted Prof. Hao Li and Mr. Bo Zang, visiting student from Tokyo Tech there. Then in UC Berkeley we had a campus tour and workshop session on summer school and admissions. On the first day of Georgia Tech we also had a campus tour and reception session with students learning Japanese in GT.
We sat in lectures of Exploring Grand Challenges and Foundations of Leadership. We also strengthened our braveness in the leadership challenge course, which is an adventure-based training with rope course. We analyzed our capabilities in leadership by the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), Clifton Strengths Quest and Culture Map. At last, we separated into four groups and presented our findings in the leader case study. We ended our lectures by joining the InVenture Prize Finals, live broadcasted in Georgia Public Broadcast, which was an annual Innovation Invention Competition in GT.
Other than attending the lectures/workshops, we went to field trips. We learnt about the history of leadership and human rights in Martin Luther King Park, which was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth home and center. We looked into a whole new perspective from African American in the APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum. We went to Center for Civil and Human Rights and Civil Rights Bicycle Tour too. During the bike tour, we rode through places like the office of Georgia Justice Project, Krog Street Tunnel, Mural Wall and Oakland Cemetery. We saw the development of Atlanta in Beltline and Ponce Street Market.
We also went sightseeing in Atlanta, such as Sweet Auburn Market, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame and Stone Mountain. The last two days, we went to Disco Hi-Tech America in San Jose, Silicon Valley for office visit and lab demonstration.
It was very different lifestyle in US compare to Japan. Everything is enormous and expensive. Car or riding share is a must to go anywhere you want. It was quite dangerous especially in MARTA, subway in Atlanta that accidents happen easily so we needed to be careful of homeless strangers. Although it was hard to stay in this trip, and the schedule was tough, it was a valuable experience that everyone must have at least once in a life. I think exchange abroad is a nice way for me to learn the culture and living standard of a country, which cannot be easily replaced by simply travelling and sightseeing. If I have chance to exchange abroad, I still want to participate again.