From January 21-26, Tokai University hosted a short-term study program for students from Seoul National University High School in South Korea. Tokai was able to invite three faculty members as well as 15 first and second-year high school students to participate in the program, which was held due to Tokai University's acceptance into the Japan Science and Technology Agency's Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science). This initiative aims to deepen exchanges in the fields of science and technology between Asian and Japanese youth.
Professor Yoshika Sekine (Department of Chemistry, School of Science) and the undergraduate and graduate students in her research laboratory were in charge of the program. They planned an experiment which compared the concentration of the PM2.5 monitoring data collected regularly from the roof of Shonan Campus Building 17 with PM2.5 data the high school students collected in Korea, and used laboratory equipment, including an ion chromatograph, to analyze the data.