As a part of the studytour, students have to participate in an education programme too. This programme starts 5 weeks before the start of the trip on August 27 and lasts till a couple of months after the trip (half of February). Within these weeks the students have to do a macro-, meso- and micro study. Students will get insight how Japan works on a national level and they will further zoom in towards a case study. On the trip itself students will make a visit reports of the excursions.
The study tour will be supported by the following lectures:
- A workshop on Japanese culture and business etiquette given by Hisami Kimura (organised by Studium Generale)
- Introduction to macro and meso study: Why do a macro and/or meso study and which tools to use? by Veronica Junjan.
- Professor Andre Dorée on his experiences with the civil engineering sector, specifically the procurement of large projects, in the Netherlands and Japan.
- Lisa Gommer on her experiences with the Japanese educational system.
- APPM will give a guest lecture about the rise of electric vehicles and transition to these vehicles in Japan and the Netherlands
- Wagemaker will give a business case about contract management with respect to the recently opened N18 motorway
- More will follow…
The participants start with a macro study on Japan. The macro study will be done with the help of the PESTLE-analysis. This method is one of several methods to perform a macro study. PESTLE stands for Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Enviromental. 6 groups containing 4 students will each analyse one of the letters The final result will be a report and a presentation. The conclusions of each group will be combined to make a total conclusion.
Parallel to the macro study, students will perform a meso study. During the MESO study groups of 4 students (the same as the ones from the Macro Study) each will assess the innovation and competitiveness in a Civil Engineering sector in Japan using either a SWOT analysis or the Porters Diamond framework. Therewith, the study will focus on the following research question:
What is the innovation drive and competitiveness in the industry in question in Japan?
So, 6 groups containing 4 students will do this and these groups are the same ones from the macro study. The final result will be a report and a presentation.
The six different groups will each focus on a different Civil Engineering sector, being:
- Construction of buildings (Hans Boes)
- Construction of roads and railways (Seirgei Miller)
- Water collection, treatment and supply (Marcela Brugnach)
- Construction of utility projects & construction of other civil engineering projects (Léon olde Scholtenhuis)
- Architectural and engineering activities and related technical consultancy (Robin de Graaf)
- Urban and suburban passenger land transport (John Pritchard)
Lastly, all students will conduct an in-depth micro research to a topic related to the central theme of the study tour, “Civil Engineering in advanced urbanisation”. Within the central theme, there are seven subthemes with their respective supervisor:
- Coastal protection and flood safety (Koen Reef)
- Earthquake protection (Gerrit Snellink)
- Public transport in high density cities (John Pritchard)
- Construction in high density cities (Hans Boes)
- Urban water management (Marcela Brugnach)
- Transport between cities (John Pritchard)
- Gateways (harbours/airports) (Koen Reef)
The micro study is based on preliminary findings and data gathered during the study tour (mostly excursions). The participants will write a preliminary paper, a visit report and a final paper about their research. There will also be several presentations.
Each study will be assessed. The following distribution will be applied:
- Macro- and meso study report/paper – 30% (group)
- Preliminary paper micro study – 30% (group)
- Visit report(s) – 10% (individual)
- Final paper micro study – 20% (group)
- Presentation final result micro study – 10% (group)