Lunchbreak report~

Our university has a course (Special Seminar), where 1st year students propose 1-year research projects on anything of their interest, and get a faculty to supervise/help them.

I really love this course, it shows me the many different ways that students who just entered university understand Computer Science.

Also interacting with wide-eyed first year students fill me with energy.

Next post: The cool projects that students proposed to me so far.

Student proposed projects this year (so far):

- "I want to make a bot that I can talk to and have fun"
- "I want to make a cool website to introduce my family's business"
- "I want to collect information about evacuation effectiveness, and do something with it to help increase the number of people who survive natural disasters"
- "My father works at a bus depot and I want to make a program that helps him optimize the bus parking places"

Unfortunately, I only get to supervise one of these...

@caranha We have something similar but for 2nd- and 3rd-Semester master's students in media and computing. They propose a one-semester research project, or a production, or select MOOCs that they want to take. All are supervised by faculty. It really helps them focus on their final thesis, either to eliminate things that they discover don't really interest them, or to get really fired up about a particular topic!

@WiseWoman That is really interesting to know! I'm really curious about how a Master Degree works in EU/DE, since it is so different from the direction that we take it here in JP. It has been a point of friction when we tried to set up dual degree partnerships in the past 🤔

@caranha Bachelor's degrees are 6 or 7 semesters on the theory that high school is 13 years. Then that was changed to 12 years without changing bachelor's degrees... So many are missing math and communication skills... A master's is then 3 or 4 semesters. Both bachelor and master programs have a final thesis.

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