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PERSON : Mr. Lino Schupp (Germany)

This corner focuses on a person who has made remarkable achievements at NITech.

February 2015

Mr. Lino Schupp (Germany)

Special Research Student
Department of Frontier Materials, Graduate School of Engineering

Mr. Lino Schupp (Germany)

Several years ago I became fascinated by the Japanese language, resulting in me studying it in addition to my curriculum at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). At some point I decided it would be most beneficial for both, my interests and future career, to fuse my Japanese and academic skills. In pursuit of this endeavour I joined the thriving cooperation between the Institute of Particle Technology at FAU and the Department of Frontier Materials at the Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) as a student assistant, which would later enable me to conduct my bachelor thesis here at NITech.

In terms of studies, I perform research about a semiconducting material called zinc oxide that is considered highly interesting because of its special properties. This material is not only abundant but also anticipated to become a cheap and environmentally friendly substitute for its generally expensive predecessors. However, the characterisation and preparation of zinc oxide as a semiconductor is facing numerous obstacles that have hindered its advance into mass production until now. Combining the cutting edge technologies at NITech with the profound experience of our cooperation we are confident to overcome these problems and hope to further the advance of this material. Alongside my research I happily attend NITech’s Japanese classes together with students from all over the world, enabling me to interact with other cultures on top of studying Japanese.

If I would have to describe my life in Japan and NITech until now with one word, it would most likely be “comfortable”. The first thing I would like to mention in this regard is the astonishing infrastructure of Nagoya. Wherever you want to go - You can expect it to be close by or quickly accessible by the commendable public transport system. I’m especially fond of the location of NITech and its dormitories. Nagoya’s major subway and train stations are close by, the city centre is reachable by foot and it takes you less than 5 min to reach NITech’s sports centre or a big shopping mall. There are many restaurants with delicious food. Thanks to all this, I have been able to get more out of each single day and be more efficient as a whole. Moreover, I was happy to get to know the Japanese people as very kind, considerate, as well as interested in foreign culture. Since arriving here I’ve not only been able to meet and befriend countless amazing people from Japan, but also from international origin, taking part in activities like chatting in bars, singing karaoke, learning Japanese, visiting festivals, joyfully eating all-you-can-eat menus and a lot more. Putting all this into a nutshell, I really came to treasure my time staying here because it offers me an environment where I can practice all the things I enjoy doing.

As my fascination of Japan hasn’t stop growing even now, I will definitely make it part of my future life. Thus I’m currently in the process of planning an internship in Japan. The next step will be proceeding to master courses, but most importantly preparing for my future job in general. This includes perfecting my Japanese language skills and obtaining respective certificates.

To complete this article about me and NITech, I would like to point out that I’m especially thankful to my colleagues from the Department of Frontier materials, who have taken best care of me until now. Furthermore, I want to address all the students that are considering to study at NITech. If your interests match the vast variety of programs NITech has to offer, I can only recommend you to give it a try.

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