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Objectives of this research were: 1 to establish the research exchange/laboratory Internship between Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in Japan and Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University (NRRU) in Thailand and to evaluate the program from the perspective of both exchange students and the SIT professors. The Research Exchange/Laboratory Internship Project is the educational exchange program of the Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT). This program allocates scholarships to students of partner universities to conduct research in Japan at SIT’s laboratories. Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University (NRRU) in Thailand is one of the partner universities; it joined this program in 2016. Eighteen NRRU students participated in the program under exchange scholarships and joined research laboratories at SIT in 2017 and 2019, where they experienced research and global events. This article describes the processes in place at NRRU to promote and support the exchange program.
The results of program evaluations by exchange students and laboratory supervisors show that this exchange program enhances the cross-cultural skills of attendees and promotes internationalization of both the host and home at level good and outstanding. Although the international activities in 2020 and 2021 have been suspended temporarily because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In the future, these activities will set again in Japan after the policy of Japan allows exchange students to enter the country again.
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