Tottori University, Japan

Engineering students from the University of Waterloo study their 3A academic spring term at Tottori University followed by a workterm in Japanese Industry. Please click on the following links to obtain further information about the Tottori Exchange:

Back Row: Ian A. Clarke, Systems Design Eng., UW, 1993; Jeffery A. Wood, Civil Eng., UW, 1993; Kenny Chow, SDE, UW, 1993; Ryan Ferguson, Elec & Comp Eng., UW, 1993
Middle Row: Takao, TU, 93/94 Japanese Master's Student; Marian Spiteri, SDE, UW, 1993; Yosuo Ujishima, TU, 93/94 Japanese Master's Student
Front Row: Kei Fukuyama, Ph.D. Student, SDE, UW, 1993 and TU, 89/90 Japanese Masters's Student; Prof. Keith W. Hipel, Uw, Program Director; Sara A. Ross, SDE, UW, 1993

Professor Keith Hipel, of the Systems Design Engineering department, is the creator of the exchange program with Tottori University and Kyoto University. In conjunction with Professor Nori Okada of Tottori University, the Tottori exchange was introduced to the University of Waterloo in 1988.

Professor Hipel has written an article entitled, "The Internationalization of Engineering Education: A Tale of Two Countries", which is to be published in the IEEE Journal in April 2003. This article highlights the benefits obtained by students who participate in the International Exchange Program. One can obtain a copy of this article from this website until it is published by the IEEE. Then, this journal paper will be protected by copyright law. Please refer to the IEEE website after the article has been published.

Undergraduate students planning to apply for either the Tottori University exchange must take at least 2 Japanese language courses, available at Renison College at UW.

Many students have been on this exchange to Tottori University. You can email Andreson Kwan, a student who participated in the Tottori University exchange at

Anderson Kwan, 2003

For more information on the Tottori University exchange, click here.

You can view the document, “Activities of the Exchange Program between the University of Waterloo in Canada and Tottori University in Japan” which includes a list of students who have been on the exchange and their co-op placements in Japan.