International educators from Institutes of Higher Learning Gather to Explore Pedagogy in Engineering and Technology Education
Published on 24 Sep 2014

ISATE 2014 to introduce Institutional presentations to bolster development of future-ready 
Engineering and Technology Professionals

As Singapore relooks the education landscape to produce industry-ready graduates, educators from different countries are also examining their pedagogies to ensure that their students are future-ready. In Japan, for instance, researchers have even developed an Abdominal Breathing Training programme to improve students’ Spoken English. This is to ensure that Japanese engineering graduates are better able to communicate on the global stage. The outcome of this education research, as well as those by institutes of higher education from seven countries, will be presented at the International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) 2014 from 24 to 25 September 2014. With more than 240 academics expected to attend, ISATE 2014 - “Developing 21st Century Professionals: Research & Practice”, will focus on how polytechnics, institutes and universities tackle the challenges of preparing students for an increasingly complex and technologically-enabled workplace of the 21st Century. The event, jointly organised by the five polytechnics in Singapore, and Japan’s National Institute of Technology (NIT), Nagaoka University of Technology, and Toyohashi University of Technology, will present two keynote speeches by established industry veterans and over 100 research studies by delegates from Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, the UK and Finland. This year’s ISATE will further highlight key initiatives various institutions have embarked on, with the introduction of Institution Presentations. The event will be hosted by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP).

Presenting two out of the eight Institution Presentations at the Symposium are Dr Valdew Singh, Director of NYP’s Centre for Technology Innovation & Commercialisation, and Dr Takaharu Kuroda, Director of the NIT, Japan. Dr Singh’s presentation, “Industry Collaboration - Enabling Academia in Developing Real World Capabilities”, will showcase NYP’s Real World Training and Enterprise philosophy, which supports many of its unique teaching and training pedagogies and development initiatives by working in strong partnership with industry. Dr Kuroda will be sharing NIT’s “Internationalisation Strategy of National Institute of Technology”, a five-year project developed by the institute’s International Exchange Committee. He will also discuss the framework of the Engineering Education Community, which advocates educating engineers to solve social issues through effective implementation of technology.

Participants dedicated to engineering and technology education will also be conducting Oral Presentations on their research work throughout the two-day Symposium. The topics range from Education Research & Practice; Education Philosophies, Models & Approaches; Collaborations in Education; Teaching & Learning; Active Learning; Technologies in Education; Education Outcomes; to the Professional Development of Teachers.

We are pleased to invite your journalist and photographer/camera crew to attend the opening ceremony of the ISATE 2014. Details of the event are as follows:


Opening Ceremony of ISATE 2014


24 September 2014, Wednesday


9.00am to 10.50am (Media registration starts at 8.45am)


Theatre for the Arts, Nanyang Polytechnic 180
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Singapore 569830

The following will be available for media interviews:

  • Dr Valdew Singh, Director, Center for Technology Innovation & Commercialisation, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Dr Takaharu Kuroda, Director, National Institute of Technology, Japan

Media Programme

8.45am – 9.00am 

Media registration

9.00am – 9.30am

Opening Ceremony

9.30am – 10.30am  

Keynote Speech by Dr Lim Boon Huat, Managing Director, Rohde & Schwarz Asia Pte Ltd

10.30am – 10.50am

Tea Break (NYP Lounge)
Media Interviews (if any)  
End of Media Programme

You are welcome to stay for the following Institution Presentations and/or Oral Presentations that take place after the media programme from 10.50am to 12.30pm by indicating your preference in your RSVP

Institution Presentation
Time: 10:50 - 12:30
Room: Theatre for the Arts


TUT Research Activities and Global Human Resource Development
Dr Atsunori Matsuda

Toyohashi University of Technology


Industry Collaboration – Enabling Academia in Developing Real World Capabilities
Dr Valdew Singh

Nanyang Polytechnic


Education Philosophies, Models & Approaches
Time: 10:50-12:30
Room: LTK1  


Designing New Module in Chemical Engineering using CDIO: General Approach
Sin-Moh Cheah and Hong-Wee Koh

Singapore Polytechnic


Introducing New Module in Chemical Engineering Using CDIO:  Case Study
Koh Hong-Wee and Cheah Sin-Moh

Singapore Polytechnic


Multistage-experience Educational Program for Engineering Education using LEGO Mindstorms: The achievements, challenges, and future development in the second year of program introduction
Takayuki Tamaki, Etsuko Ueda, Shigeto Nakamura, Shigeki Nishida, Kenichi Iida, Yorihiko Yano,Takahiro Michishita, Tomohito Sasayama and Hirotsugu Shimada

National Institute of Technology, Nara College


Present Circumstances and Problems of Practical Human
Resources Development at Industrial University in Vietnam
Tomomichi Nishino, Nguyen Thi Ha

National Institute of Technology, Akita College Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City


Learning Together or Kagan Structures? A Comparison of Both Approaches in a Polytechnic Context
Tang U-Liang

Singapore Polytechnic


Education Research & Practice
Time: 10:50-12:30
Room: LTK2


Development of Teaching Materials Aimed for Relevance on Learning Mathematics by the Medium of Complex Numbers
M. Sakai, T. Tanaka

National Institute of  Technology, Kurume College Gifu University


Human Resource Development Associated with Construction of a Security System with Independent Power Sources Dispersed to Limit Risk
Kazuya Kanda, Hajime Motohashi,Takaya Sato, Yasunari Mimura and Satoshi Utsumi

National Institute of Technology, Tsuruoka College


Investigation of Mechanical Shop Basic Practice for Engineering Education in National College of Technology
A. Shinozaki, M. Furukawa, E. Kawamura, S. Matsukawa,
D. Ishibashi, Y. Mashima and M. Nakashima

National Institute of Technology, Ariake College


Teaching Material Development to Cultivate Mathematical Abilities - Focusing on Effects of Solving Problems Involving Ordinary Differential Equations
Masahiro Watari

National Institute of Technology, Okinawa College


Effect of Abdominal Breathing Training on Japanese Students’ English Learning
M. Okuzaki and K. Moriya

National Institute of Technology, Hakodate College


Collaborations in Education
Time: 10:50-12:30 
Room: LTK3


Authentic Learning Experiences in Engineering Based on the 
Adoption of Industry-standard National Instruments LabVIEW Academy Program 
Chung Kok Wah

Nanyang Polytechnic


Report on the International Exchange Program with Model Plane Contest as Technical Challenge Theme 
Naruki Shirahama, Takashi Takimoto and Masahiro Wakiyama
Ng Chun Yu Eddie and Lee Kam Fat Jonathan

National Institute of Technology, 
Kitakyushu College
Hong Kong VTC IVE


Practical Education Based on the Needs of the Community 
Keiko Dochi and Takashi Kobayashi

National Institute of Technology, Ishikawa College


A PBL Style Program “Project Week” in Japan: International 
Collaboration in Education between Anan Kosen and Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences 
E. Hayashida

National Institute of Technology, Anan College


A PBL Style Program “Project Week” in Japan: International 
Collaboration in Education between Anan Kosen and Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences 
E. Hayashida

National Institute of Technology, Anan College


Development of Multi-collaboration-based Vocational Education System: Applied Bachelor Program of Management and Maintenance of Heavy Equipment Engineering 
Wikan Sakarinto and Radhian Krisnaputra

Vocational College of Gadjah Mada University

About The International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE)

The International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) provides a platform for educators from higher education institutions to share their knowledge and experiences in practice-based engineering and technology education. Through the Symposium, stakeholders can benefit from sharing innovative teaching methodologies and practices used in schools.

ISATE started in 2007 as an international academic exchange between ten colleges of technology (known as Kosen in Japan) in the Kyushu and Okinawa districts of Japan, and three polytechnics in Singapore. Its aim was to enhance the quality of engineering education of each participating school.

In 2010, all other Japanese Kosens joined the Symposium under the initiative of the National Institute of Technology or NIT (previously known as INCT). In 2011, two more polytechnics from Singapore joined this international exchange effort, while in 2013, the Nagaoka University of Technology and the Toyohashi University of Technology also joined the symposium, helping to expand the scope of ISATE to its present state. Today, all Kosens in Japan and all polytechnics in Singapore are part of ISATE.

The theme for ISATE 2014 is “Developing 21st Century Professionals: Research & Practice”.