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Invitation to graduate school

Yoshiyuki SHIBATA
(second grade master candidate, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering Engineering, Graduate School, University of Fukui)

What am I going to do? Having found no definite answer, I decided to enter graduate school to get an “extension of two years at a minimum” to find an answer to that question.
In graduate school, we repeated workshops on saving local scenery with the inhabitants of the Wada area, Takahama-cho, Fukui, who had a fun mud Festival with people of Kuniyasu area, City of Fukui, and employees of JA Fukui in an idle rice paddy, and spoke honestly with local youth in a nuclear power station area about “energy” that had been regarded as a taboo.
Graduate students have few classes, and are therefore light- footed. They might have a friendly discussion with general members of society taking advantage of their status as a student. They can do almost anything they imagine. I “meddled with anything that seemed interesting, although most activities were not academic. I “tried to see as great a variety of people as possible and strove to understand what they had in their mind” to consider my future deeply.

Photo of We organized the Muddy festival and invited children
We organized the Muddy festival and invited children

Takahiro YAMAJI
(second grade master candidate, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering Engineering, Graduate School, University of Fukui)

I was admitted to this Graduate School from another university. When I was finishing my undergraduate study, I recognized my own blinkered vision and wished to work in society after “growing a little bit more.” This was the motivator for my entrance into graduate school. Some of the reasons I chose this graduate school are (i) its nationwide reputation of high quality of education and (ii) the Strong enthusiasm of faculty members for education.
In addition, to work in Japan, I engaged in research in foreign countries including the United Arab Emirates. I participated in field surveys several times with my colleagues in that Arab country, where it was over 50°C. That was a lucky chance that Fukui University provided me with.
Furthermore, what I think important when one gets into the world are (i) “Having sufficient behavioral abilities”, (ii) “Being able to write correct sentences”, and “Ability to get a birds-eye view of the surrounding world.” On a final note, a graduate school widens one’s own possibilities further and helps one develop as a person, I believe. All young people should look eagerly into entrance into graduate school by all means.

Photo of Weather observation in the United Arab Emirates
Weather observation
in the United Arab Emirates

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In the United Arab Emirates

Hiroaki TERASAKI
(Doctor of Engineering, Research Associate, completed Doctoral course, Graduate School, University of Fukui)

“Admiration” of a researcher compelled me to enter graduate school. When I was feeling unsatisfied with my college life, I met three researchers who were absorbed in a “Snow-melting system using ground heat without sprinkling” and Development of “A model to estimate the state of frozen snow on a road surface.” Attracted by their enthusiasm and verve, I spent six years in graduate school. I am now engaged in studies of “Salt removal from salt-polluted farmland in northeastern Japan” and “Support for agriculture in arid Middle East countries” as a researcher.
My life in graduate school was filled with research activities. I got many hints and opportunities to raise my own value through the process of finding “answers” to research themes of different nature. Although we were guided in finding answers to anything in undergraduate education, planning, drawing up and evaluation of something are all up to you in graduate school. One might encounter valuable experience through, say, study in foreign countries and presentation at international meetings in graduate school. These become key personal assets.
If you have “failed in finding job” or “do not know what to do,” you are encouraged to enter graduate school to discover your real capability and real identity. Do not sell yourself short. Do not follow others if your heart is not in it.

Photo of Survey of road surface in winter
Survey of road surface in winter

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Presentation at an international onference

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