Dear students and professors of Japan
The next text describes my experience gotten during the seminar headed by the associate
professor Takumi Ohnuma.
During my stay in New York, I had the opportunity of meeting many people, among which there
are many professors of the National Institute of Technology and with whom I developed a
special friendship. As soon as I knew that some of my classmates were Japaneseuniversity
professors, my attention got interested in them and in what they could teach me. Consequently,
I decided to talk to them and to try to become their friend. Since then, we have learned about
our cultures, our different personalities and perspectives, and English, of course. However, that
has not been all. After having shared many things together, the professor, Doctor Ohnuma, or
“Tam” which is how I friendly call him, proposed me to develop a seminar that we posteriorly
called “Motor English Seminar.” While we had halal food or a cup of coffee, we scheduled our
everyweek meeting. In this seminar, he taught me about advanced electric circuit theory, some
physical principles, industrial and nonindustrial applications of permanent magnets
synchronous motors, and sensor and sensorless control used in this kind of motors. Having
taken those classes with professor Ohnuma expanded my knowledge about electrical
engineering, motivated me to learn more about it, and, parallely, allowed me to compare my
educational background and Colombian educational methods with professor Ohnuma’s method
and what he usually teaches in his university.
During the seminar, I realized that most Colombian universities instruct their students to
maintain our industrial production but not to add an extra value in our products or to innovate.
This simple difference is the reason why Japan is a remarkable industrial country and why
Japan is what it is. Japanese professionals are accustomed to looking further. Nevertheless, to
keep doing so, in Japan, and to start to do so, in Colombia, the universities must capacitate the
next generation of professionals to be efficient and effective, to look forward to our brightest
future, and to creatively solve any kind of problems. However, the commitment is not only to the
universities but also to the students that are part of these institutions. The future of our countries
depends on how well educated the new professionals are and will be. “Don't give in even though
mathematics and physics get more difficult sometimes” would be my advice for many students
who are struggling with these subjects because the future of a nation, a planet, and a species
depends on them. Thankfully,
Engineer Nicolas Mosquera Hernandez.