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2012 Report on Short-term Visiting Program in Taiwan

Yu Ishikawa: M1, Master's Program in Medical Sciences

Accepting Laboratory: Dr.HY Lee Laboratory


   I participated in the Summer School in National Taiwan University from 19th August to 1st September in 2012. There I encountered many unexpected things which gave me wonderful experiences and opened my mind up to new ideas. The wonderful experiences I had were unforgettable and I want to share them with others.
   Before going to Taiwan I had already decided what my primary goals would be. First, I wanted to expand my view because I can get a new perspective from another laboratory, especially in foreign countries. This means it is good for me to keep my motivation. Second, I needed to improve my English communication skill for my future because I want to be a researcher and go abroad for work. English is the common language among researchers and I think it is important to be able to use English for discussions with each other. Third, through the cultural exchange between Taiwan and Japan, I wanted to learn their great attitude toward study, research and learning new things.
   In this Summer school course, we had two kinds of programs. We went to each laboratory to do our own experiments in the first week and we had the Biotechnology seminar in the second week.
   I went to Hsinyu Lee laboratory for my laboratory rotation. His laboratory is "Laboratory of endothelial cell molecular biology" and focuses on the angiogenesis in cancer growth. This research was different from my research so it took a long time to understand its concept and strategy. It was so hard for me but I tried to ask the TA some questions to understand this research deeply. In this case, I had the opportunity to give a presentation so I had to understand not only the concepts of my research but also the laboratory's. My TA always told me that the most important thing was to understand these concepts. Through this experience, I could understand what was said, but I realize that the most important thing is to tell other people easily what I want to tell. Preparing for my presentation, I learned the skill of telling my own ideas and strategy. On the other hand, I think I need more scientific communication skills, especially words and sentences. It was the first time for me to present my research in English so I had some problems when I had to answer questions from the audience during my presentation. One question I was asked was "What do you think?" I had some ideas but I could not translate them into English. I managed to summarize my opinions and realized that there were few answers to which we can say "Yes" or "No" and we always have to tell our own opinions. This presentation taught me a lot of things and I want to use this skill in Japan.
   I was a TA in Summer school in Tsukuba this summer so the Taiwanese students and I knew each other before I went to Taiwan. NTU students have interesting talents and they are so kind to us. They wanted to learn about Japanese culture and so I taught them some Japanese, ideas and philosophy that they could use next time. From this I noticed they have the ability to absorb new information quickly. I think that their attitude toward study and learning other things is amazing because they think we know a lot of information and skills which they do not know. Through this communication, there are many things to learn from them. I want to keep in touch with them and work hard together with them in future.
   In my conclusion for this report, I want to acknowledge all the people who supported and helped me during this program. I realized what the purpose of the research was, how to communication with each other, and the friendship between Taiwan and Japan. Thank you for giving me wonderful experiences.

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