The *project-based learning (PBL) course for the academic year 2017/2018, which began in the fall semester (October 2017), was concluded in March 2018, with two groups, Group A and Group B, giving their semi-final and final presentations on February 28 and March 13, 2018, respectively.
Below are the groups’ themes, aim/objectives, presenters,and contributors:
Theme: Renewable energy as a complement to our energy security
Aim/objective: Our role in developing global initiative to maximaize energy sustainability as future global leaders
Presenters: Refilwe S. Magwaneng (D2) and Reza Firmansyah Hasibuan (D1)
Contributors: Astiti Anggoro Wati (M1), Kentaro Kendo (M1), and Zedrick Tungol (M1)
Theme: E-waste management systems: Bridging the gap between industrialized and newly industrialized countries in Asia.
Aim/objective: Discuss the situations of E-waste management systems of the industrialized and newly industrialized countries and propose solutions to close the gap identified
Presenters: Imura Takumi (D1), Avriel Cirineo (D1), and Rendy (D1)
Contributors: Larona Teseletso (M1) and Enkhzul Bayarmagnai (M1)
From October 2017 through early February 2018, the group members met a couple of times to discuss, organize and document their deliberations, with intermittent guidance from the Assistant Professors. Eventually, they were able to finalize their solution(s) to the selected issue/challenge and identified some roles that LP graduates can play in solving these issues/challenges.
During the semi-final and final presentations, they successfully presented their projects in the form of powerpoint slides to an audience that included their peers, the Leading Program coordinator (Prof. Shibayama), and a Program Officer from the MEXT office in Tokyo. In the students’ report write-ups, they showed records in the minutes of meeting that indicated how they went about developing the theme and the individual contributions of each group member from start to completion. We hope that this course will augment their leadership skills of organizing and building a result-oriented team to solve some of earth’s global challenges.
*PBL: Project Based Learning
It is compulsory course for doctoral students (the presenters). In the PBL, students are put into groups of two to five members each and tasked to identify relevant topics of global interest related to the objectives of the LP. Students in each group will construct and propose solutions to problem(s) that they identified within their topic of choice. In the discussions, students are expected to show conscious efforts at exhibiting leadership qualities to solve a common problem. Their proposed solutions are then presented in a forum at the end of the academic year.
Assistant Professors Dr. Kofi Adomako-Ansah and Dr. Altansukh Batnasan manage the PBL course.