OSIP to National Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu College (KCT), Japan

In Hiraodai Limestone Cave; Clara Soon Jia I (left) and Woong Si Xuan (right)

Clara Soon Jia Qi and Woong Si Xuan from the Diploma in Digital Forensics were attached to the National Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu College (KCT) in Fukuoka, Japan, from 28 September to 20 December 2015 for their overseas student internship attachment.

For their internship, Clara and Si Xuan worked on a project called Virtual Machine Introspection Toolkit that involves the monitoring of virtual machines from a hypervisor, also called a virtual machine manager. They also attended the 9th International Collaboration Symposium on Information, Production and Systems (ISIPS 2015), organised by Waseda University in Kitakyushu, and presented the project to an international audience.

Teachers and students of KCT getting ready for a presentation. Front row: Woong Si Xuan (3rd from left), Clara Soon Jia Qi (4th from left)

In order to communicate better with their colleagues in KCT, the students took basic Japanese language lessons while they were there. While it was not easy learning a language with a complex system of honorifics, the students were able to pick up and interact in basic Japanese towards the end of their internship. Living and working overseas has also taught them the importance of observing and exchanging knowledge about one another’s culture. They found their Japanese colleagues very forthcoming in helping them understand Japan and its people. 

In short, it was a rewarding experience that saw both students grow in independence and maturity. Being away from their families and living alone in a foreign country have taught them how to take better care of themselves and to be more responsible young adults. “It was the best experience of my life so far and I am very grateful for having this opportunity,” Si Xuan concludes.

At the front gate of KCT; Clara Soon Jia Qi (left) and Woong Si Xuan (right)