From June 17 to July 18, Tokai University held the "Hands-on Training Program for Electric Car Project," a study program for Saudi Arabian students. The program, held in partnership with Saudi Arabia's MiSK Foundation, provides students the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge of electric cars and hands-on experience with the skills necessary to become an engineer. The MiSK Foundation was established in 2011 by Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, to foster innovative and creative youth who can support the country's future. Tokai University has partnered successfully with Saudi Arabia on various academic and educational projects, and the CEO of MiSK Foundation subsidiary Manga Productions, Dr. Essam Bukhary, is a guest professor at Tokai's International Education Center. These connections led to this study program at Tokai University, which first began last year.
This year, participants included 23 students from eight Saudi Arabian universities, six American universities, and one English university from fields such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer engineering. The students first took courses on materials science and aerodynamics, which are both necessary for the development of electric cars. They also heard lectures on the basics of electric and solar cars - the culmination of energy-saving technologies - and learned about the motor that supports the powertrain. The students then built their own electric car assisted by Tokyo R&D Co., Ltd., the supporter of the program, and School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Professor Hideki Kimura and Assistant Professor Kouhei Sagawa who lead the Student Project Center's Light Power Project solar car team.