PERSON :Mr. Muhammad Syukri (Malaysia)
This corner focuses on a person who has made remarkable achievements at NITech.
Mr. Muhammad Syukri (Malaysia)
Department of Scientific and Engineering Simulation,
Graduate School of Engineering
NITech has always be an inspiration for me to further my studies. It is known to be one of the best in engineering and technology studies in Nagoya. My mother was a PhD graduate of NITech from 2007-2011. She was studying nanotechnology under Professor Soga and Professor Tanemura laboratory. She was awarded a fellowship from JSPS under the RONPAKU Porgramme. I often visited her at NITech during holidays and always hoped to be able to emulate her success. The opportunity came when I was informed about IGPGE Scholarship program under the Japanese Government (Mombukagakusho). After 2 years of working as a teaching assistant in a university in Malaysia, I decided to further my studies in architecture at NITech.
I graduate with a Bachelor Degree from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in the field of architecture. Currently I am pursuing Master of the same field under Professor Kitagawa laboratory and guidance. My research is on Architecture in Simulated Reality (Film, Game and Animation). It has been almost half a year that I have been doing my research and it is very much a pleasant journey. I have met a lot of people and learned a lot of things that contributes towards my research objectives as well as life in Japan. While doing my research, I am also taking Intensive Japanese Language class. Although it is quite challenging learning a new language, I am sure it will be useful and rewarding for me.
Since my mother was studying in NITech, I have visited Japan quite frequently. I even met my wife in Nara during one of my trips to Japan. I am always fascinated on how beautiful and honest Japan is. Though coming here as a tourist is totally different than staying here. Life in Japan as a student is very challenging, especially when you have very limited knowledge on Japanese language. Though it does not stop me and my wife to enjoy the life-changing experience in a foreign land. The people are very helpful and sincere in every situation when needed. Japan’s efficient system and advanced technology is also an asset to help me cope with my daily life.
My passion in designing and teaching will lead my career after graduation. If there is an opportunity, I would love to work as a designer in either an architecture firm, animation or gaming studios in Japan. Architecture in Japan has a lot to offer; earthquake resistant design, futuristic and dynamic design and even small space design. If there is a chance, I would also consider pursuing PhD at NITech and expanding my current research.
Experiencing four seasons is also part of my treasure as Malaysia does not experience four seasons. Now I know how challenging to keep warm during winter and how hard to keep your balance in the slippery snow. Going places using bicycle and eating new food like hitsumabushi and ochazuke are things unique to my life in Japan too. These experiences gained are priceless. It widens my perspective on how I think and interact with different people and culture. Though my most cherish moment at NITech is knowing that my mother was part of this university and an inspiration for me. Opportunity to study abroad does not come often. If you have the opportunity, grab it. Success is a journey, not a destination. Take up the challenge and make Japan and NITech as a journey to success. It may sound difficult to start a new life in a foreign land, but I assure you that everyone in Japan is very friendly and supportive. It is a once in a lifetime experience that will definitely make you grow into a better person.