Ten students in the field of Life science were sent to Moscow State University (MSU). Eight students for short-term training and two students for long- term training. The short-term training was scheduled to last from 17 to 30 September, and the long term training was from 19 September to 18 December.

The short-term students took a three-day experimental training task at the Chemistry Department (MSU), and visited the Ajinomoto / Genetica Research Institute on 21 September. Also, they participated in “The 2nd Russia-Japan Joint Forum for Education and Research” held at MSU on 24 and 25 September, presenting their own research.

Furthermore, they participated in “The First International Student Bio Tournament” held at the Faculty of Biotechnology, MSU (Pushchino City) on 27 and 28 September. Then, the students were divided into three joint teams with MSU students, and one of them (Team name: Five Samurai) won the third prize.

The long-term students were assigned to each laboratory of the Faculty of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics as they requested. They tackled their research on given topics.

Participants’ voices:

Above all, the most fruitful outcome of this exchange project for me was that we, Japanese students and the Russian students were able to communicate from within their hearts and understood each other’s culture and tradition regardless of difficulties of languages. Keeping this in mind, I would like to do my best even more in studying English and in my research. Not only I would like to keep in touch with the people I met this time but I would like to enhance the connection with the world. I would like to become a researcher who can manage between Japan and the other countries and successfully work world-wide.

Everything was new and surprising for me in these two weeks, and it is unbelievably full of unforgettable memories. The Russian culture was quite unfamiliar to the Japanese and so everything I saw and ate and did was brand new and exciting to me. The assignment we were given was very difficult for me and I was ashamed of my lack of ability, but I would like to keep on trying my best to become what I seek to be. I would like to make best use of this experience and keep on trying my best to make my life even better.

I am very happy to be able to participate in this short-term dispatch. I was able to experience many communications between students, research presentations and debates which I could not experience staying back in Japan. I would like to contribute back somehow to Tokyo Tech students by making the best use of this experience.