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Tokyo University Study Tour group visits RMIT

The TUAT Study Tour group with local students at RMIT University.

RMIT English Worldwide (REW) and RMIT University recently welcomed the inaugural Study Tour group from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan.  

The group, comprising 15 students from engineering disciplines, stayed in Melbourne for two weeks and were hosted by local homestay families.  

The students had a busy schedule consisting of lectures and tours of RMIT engineering facilities such as the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP) on the city campus. 

Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available, the AMP brings design and engineering together, and carries out research into areas including aerospace, automotive and bioengineering. 

Visits were also made to RMIT’s state of the art facilities at Bundoora; including the wind tunnel, the Formula Society for Auto Engineering (FSAE) car, the wet lab, microscopy lab and renewable energy park. 

The tour was led by REW Program Executive - Tailored English, Lina Cucinotta.

“The students really took to the program and participated enthusiastically in all the activities and events we planned,” she said.

“They enjoyed their visits across RMIT University, particularly to the Bundoora Campus, where University staff and students were proud to show us through their labs and learning areas.”

The TUAT group joined ELICOS classes to meet international students studying English, and participated in several cross-cultural sessions with local RMIT students.

They also took part in guided tours of Toyota’s Altona plant and the Yakult factory in Dandenong. A highlight of their time in Melbourne was receiving tickets to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park and attending the community festival, Moomba.  

“The program was a great opportunity for us to work collaboratively with different areas of the University,” Ms Cucinotta said.

“The connections and partnerships created in the planning of this program will be a great starting base for future programs such as this.”

REW works closely with a number of organisations in the Asia Pacific region and hosts frequent training and study groups each year, in Melbourne and overseas.

Test driving the Formula Society for Auto Engineering car at RMIT’s Bundoora campus.