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Q1 Why did you choose to come the Department of Architecture, Kyushu University?

Kyushu University is one of the top ten university in Japan and also quite familiar in my department. Some of my senior lecturers are graduated from Kyushu University. Therefore I got connection to my current supervisor through these alumni, they're so helpful in introducing this university.

Q2 What do you research in your major?

My research is about Energy Dissipation Structural Walls (EDSWs), is one of method to overcome flexural yield mechanism problem of building in seismic region.
This research will be applicable in Indonesia, as we know its area prone to disaster by earthquake, and also due to my job as a lecturer, my knowledge will be transferred to my student, the future engineer.

Q3 How do you like Japan, Kyushu or Fukuoka?

I do like the working spirit of Japanese, its really inspired me and motivate me to dig my deepest potential all the way out. Comparing to my previous live rhythm in hometown, it seems like living and study in Japan is a hard time. However, what I've experience so far is all enjoyable, its like exploring a new world full of surprise and excitement.

Q4 Please advise something to younger students who come to Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University.

Kyushu University is one of the oldest university in Japan. Specifically in Architecture Structures and Materials subjects, it has many specialist focusing to their own subjects including Structural Engineering. The facilities, the staff, the team works and the experts are great, as an international student with almost zero in Japanese, the international student supports is just at the corner, anytime with open hand.
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Q1 Why did you choose to come the Department of Architecture, Kyushu University?

In Kyushu University, almost every laboratory has its homepage. I got to know my professor and his research via his website. I was quite attracted by his design theory and his research area; meanwhile, I was also quite interested in the Habitat Engineering Program in Department of Architecture and wanted to learn more about sustainable architecture and urban planning through this program. These were the reasons that I decided to go to Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University.

Q2 What do you research in your major?

During two years master course, I joined two courses, one is Architecture Planning Course and other one is Habitat Engineering Course. Architecture Planning is a new architectural major in Japan and Aoki Professor who was the teacher of my professor was one of professors who originated the science of Architecture Planning in Japan. As far as we know, Architecture Design is a perceptual process which is created by architect's personal sense of beauty; meanwhile, Architecture Planning is a rational design process. The design is based on analyzing and processing related data and can prevent the mistake which is made by architect's personal experience and also explores an efficient way of using space.

The other course I joined is Habitat Engineering which is about sustainable architecture and urban planning in Asia. I got a chance to go abroad again as a visiting scholar to Sydney University, Australia to learn urban planning for three months. It was the most meaningful study experience in my life; I opened my eyes via this trip and also got a chance to talk and share ideas with many intelligent people. From this exchange program I knew although history and cultural backgrounds are different, the desire of building sustainable society is accepted and developed all over the world. Different from America and Europe, most Asian countries are still on the developing stage and many things can be changed in this developing stage. Thus it is very important to explore a sustainable way of developing Asia.

Kyushu University provides a platform which is not only for studying in Japan, but also bridges the whole world. From two years studying in Kyushu University, I realized that how important it is to open your eyes to the whole world and learn various cultures which are totally different from yours. I haven't decided where I will go in the future, maybe go back to my country to practice sustainable theory in China or continue my adventure study trip to another country.

Q3 How do you like Japan, Kyushu or Fukuoka?

Kyushu University is situated in Fukuoka city which is a very beautiful and peaceful city. Fukuoka is one of the biggest cities in Japan and it is easy to get any useful information in Fukuoka. Fukuoka is also considered as the city which is close to nature. People are very kind in Fukuoka and many Japanese traditional festivals are held in Fukuoka every year. Fukuoka is no doubt a city which is suitable for spending our study lives. Study in Japan, we need to learn Japanese, maybe it is a little difficult for new foreign students who just arrive and can not speak Japanese, but Kyushu University provides free Japanese courses for foreign students and also every new foreign student will get a tutor, a Japanese student or foreign student who has already studied in Kyushu University for several years to help new students to get used to their new study lives in Kyushu University. There are many foreign students in Kyushu University and it is easy to find new friends.

Q4 Please advise something to younger students who come to Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University.

Coming to Japan and studying in Kyushu University is the best choice which I have made in my life; I learnt so much in this university and got to know so many people who have a big influence in my life. Don't miss any chance to study abroad and change your life. Kyushu University is no doubt a very good choice if you decide to study in Japan.
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