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Miyazaki International College is a private university in Kiyotake, Miyazaki, Japan. It was founded in 1994 by Miyazaki Gakuen, a chartered educational corporation established in 1939. It has School of International Liberal Arts and School of Education.Miyazaki International College School of International Liberal Arts, founded in 1994, was established under the MIC credo, "Respect and Diligence" for the purpose of cultivating truly international individuals. In April 2014, School of Education was established.Miyazaki International College, in addition to Miyazaki Gakuen Junior College, Miyazaki Gakuen High School and Miyazaki Gakuen Junior High School, and the Miyazaki Gakuen Junior College-Affiliated Midori Kindergarten and Kiyotake Midori Kindergarten, is sponsored by the Miyazaki Educational Institution , a chartered educational corporation established in 1939.School of International Liberal Arts is grounded in the social science and humanities, and emphasizing the study of world-wide human problems and issues in a spirit of collaboration, inquiry, and multicultural understanding.At the core of the academic program is a philosophy of active learning. This philosophy asserts that knowledge is not acquired merely through passive reading of texts or listening to lectures, but requires that students be actively engaged in reading, writing, discussing, and problem-solving. Through active learning students develop higher-order thinking skills that enable them to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and create.Academic activities emphasize an international and comparative perspective and are designed to help students explore and be engaged in the improvement of communities both at home and abroad.Students learn a wide variety of liberal arts subjects in English. During the first three semesters of this sheltered immersion system, most classes are team-taught by a specialist in EFL and a specialist in the content area. Classes meet for six hours per week. Students learn the basic concepts and methods of the subject area and, at the same time, build English skills. Classes in English, Japanese, the Humanities, Social science, and General Science use cooperative learning, small-groups, and active learning techniques to help students get used to studying in English and to build thinking skills.Motivated students with a wide range of English proficiencies succeed in the MIC program, partly because of its small classes and high student/faculty ratio . An Advanced Placement Program is available for students with very high English proficiency.In the third semester, students study Japanese and foreign cultures and prepare for study abroad. Team-teaching continues and developing thinking skills remains an important factor as students' English proficiency increases. In the fourth semester, students spend a whole semester at a university in an English-speaking country. The MIC Study Abroad Program is a required study and cross-cultural experience for all students. This study abroad experience gives students the chance to improve their English fluency, gain confidence in their ability to communicate with people from diverse cultures, and develop independence of thought and action.In the third and fourth years, students focus on a major in courses taught by a highly qualified international faculty, about 80% from outside Japan. Students write a senior thesis of 6500-words or more in English. Wikipedia.

Cui Y.,Northwest University, China | Gejima Y.,University of Miyazaki | Kobayashi T.,University of Miyazaki | Hiyoshi K.,University of Miyazaki | Nagata M.,Miyazaki International College
Sensor Letters | Year: 2013

Harvesting strawberries requires high labor costs and long working hours. In order to reduce the labor burden in agriculture, robotic automation is very much desired. Especially, there is a strong demand for the automated harvesting and grading of ripe and soft strawberries, as such takes tend to take long working hours and requires special attention not to damage the fruits. A Cartesiantype strawberry-harvesting robot was developed for in-row hilltop culture. The robot consists of two color cameras (wide-view and detail cameras), a harvesting hand, a fiber-optic sensor and a mobile control unit. The robot can detect the fruit, evaluate its ripeness and pick strawberries by cutting its peduncles. Experimental performance tests showed that the robot could accurately detect the fruits (93.6% efficiency) and harvest samples with more than 50% ripeness level. Some difficulty was observed in accurately detecting the fruit peduncles (70.8% efficiency), Execution time for successfully harvesting a single fruit was about 16.6 s. The result of the testing indicated the potential of harvesting robot with a harvesting hand as well as automatic harvesting algorithm function. Copyright © 2013 American Scientific Publishers.

Yuji T.,University of Miyazaki | Mungkung N.,King Mongkuts University of Technology Thonburi | Kiyota Y.,University of Miyazaki | Uesugi D.,University of Miyazaki | And 6 more authors.
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science | Year: 2011

In recent years, a flexible type of solar cell that can maintain various shape changes and that is applicable to virtually all products has attracted global attention. In the present research, we describe equipment for the production of thin-film material for flexible type solar cells that uses a high-frequency plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. This equipment is now at the development stage, and in order to clarify the cardinal trait of the plasma, we performed a plasma treatment on the surface of a Si wafer. Using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and contact angle meter measurements, we identified one index that clarifies the simple cardinal trait of plasma CVD. © 2011 IEEE.

Kobayashi F.,Miyazaki International College
Nutrition and Food Science | Year: 2011

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between daily television (TV) viewing duration and weekly fast food consumption of Japanese high school students. Design/methodology/approach: The total of 325 Japanese high school students from Miyazaki, Japan (148 female and 176 male students and one student with no gender identification) answered the survey in order to assess their daily TV viewing duration and weekly fast food consumption. Findings: The results indicated that low TV viewers spent significantly less money on weekly fast food consumption than either moderate or high TV viewers; and male students spent significantly more money on weekly fast food consumption than female students. Research limitations/implications: Owing to the limited sample size, the results of this study might lack generalizability. Further research on this issue should be conducted in the future. Practical implications: Similar to studies conducted in different countries, the results of the present study provided evidence to suggest that cumulative exposure to TV was linked to the increase of fast food consumption in Japanese high school students. Originality/value: There were few studies that investigated the media effects on fast food consumption of Japanese high school students. This study might be the first one. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Passos A.P.,Miyazaki International College
Proceedings - 4th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, CISP 2011 | Year: 2011

Reconstruction of whispering voice into a pseudo-real voice was previously covered by other researchers using statistical processes. We've been doing this conversion from a different perspective and using the raw signal data only. As a result we can avoid heavy computation load because our approach does not require the data to be transformed before being analyzed. After some good results obtained in laboratory we've questioned ourselves about the quality of the reconstructed samples to real people and the results are presented in this study. © 2011 IEEE.

Kobayashi F.,Miyazaki International College
Nutrition and Food Science | Year: 2012

Purpose: Although several anthropologists have reported various cultural differences between East Asians and Americans regarding their usage of fast food based on their ethnographic fieldwork, a quantitative study to test the validity of such findings is necessary for advancement of this research field. The purpose of this study is to quantitatively investigate cultural differences and similarities between American and Japanese college students regarding the usage and meaning of fast food. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 130 Japanese college students (82 female and 48 male) in Miyazaki, Japan and 70 American college students (43 female and 27 male) in Maine, USA answered the survey in order to assess their conceptualization and usage of fast food. Findings: The results indicated that: both Americans and Japanese assumed that fast food was a meal instead of a snack, Japanese and women in general were more likely to visit fast food restaurants with others instead of going alone than Americans and men in general, and Japanese were more likely to share their ordered fast food items with others and stay at fast food restaurants for a longer duration than Americans. Research limitations/implications: Due to the limited sample size, the results of the present study might be strengthened with further investigation of different samples. Practical implications: Like qualitative studies conducted before, the results of this quantitative study provided evidence to suggest that there are cultural differences in the meaning and usage of fast food between East Asians and Americans. Originality/value: There were few quantitative studies on cultural differences in the meaning and usage of fast food between East Asians and Americans. The present study might be the first such study. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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