More than 100 students from the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) and University of San Carlos (USC) resumed their Japanese manufacturing course last Aug. 4 at the Audio Visual Room of USJR’s main campus.
This is the Intensive Course B of the “Saitama-Cebu Comprehensive HR Monozukuri Project,” which started in May.
Kimio Wada, International Division associate director of the Saitama Prefectural Government, said that the second course will introduce the students to the frontiers and marked approaches of the Japanese manufacturing industries.
Wada said he believed this will “contribute to Cebu’s advancement” as well as “trigger economic and human exchanges in the future.”
The speakers for the five-day lecture and workshop are Japanese university professors and high-ranking officers of Japanese companies.
Some of the topics in Intensive Course B during the first day included economic development of Todaro’s Paradox in Cebu, innovation and marketing.
The topics on the second day were basis of Internal Combustion Engineering, fuel economy and thermal efficiency, hybrid vehicle, and electric vehicle.
On the third day, discussions included history of the Japanese toilet, what composting toilet is, individual sewage treatment tank and purification of water by soil and plants, and the Environmental Symbiosis Building in Hoian, Vietnam.
On day four, the talks will focus on Robotics for Medical and Rehabilitation and the course will wrap with lectures on Metal Processing on the fifth day.
The students will be introduced to various Japanese companies in each of the five-day training course.
The Monozukuri Project is a two-year and four-month project funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Technical Cooperation for Grassroots Projects.
It is participated by various Japan universities, such as Toyo, Nippon, Saitama, and Shibura Institute of Technology.
Monozukuri is a Japanese manufacturing approach and philosophy “that aims to maximize customer satisfaction and create excellent products.”
Governor Hilario P. Davide III said it does not teach how to manufacture or operate but guide the students to self-development and self-determination.
“That is the essence of a truly sustainable development: knowing oneself and a never-ending process of becoming better,” he said.
He thanked the Saitama Prefecture for partnering with the Cebu Province and USJR for the project.
“May you become the instruments for a better Cebu and better Philippines,” he added.