METU Civil Engineering Students were at Disaster Resilience Student Exchange Program in Japan

As part of the student exchange agreement between METU Civil Engineering Department and Niigata University's Research Institute for Natural Hazards and Disaster Recovery, undergraduate students Berkutay BİNOL, Efe ÇAVUŞOĞLU, Mert ÇELİKKANAT and graduate student and research assistant Hilmi BAYRAKTAROĞLU spent a month in Japan during 18 August – 21 September 2017.


Funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education's MEXT, GLocal Age 2020 Global Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Program provided students a chance to learn about landslides, heavy rainfalls and floods, radioactive contamination and environmental risk evaluation. Students conducted constant-volume direct shear and ring shear tests, visited research laboratories in Tsukuba about landslide countermeasures, early warning systems, and they participated in landslide flume experiment. Students also visited construction companies to get information about snow avalanche and landslide prevention works in Niigata. Furthermore, METU students got a chance to visit 2011 tsunami nuclear disaster area in Fukushima Daiichi and spent a week having trainings about nuclear disaster, its negative effects and radioactive contamination treatment methods. During their stay, students also learned about Japanese culture and history. We would like to thank to program coordinator at Niigata University, Prof. Hiroshi Fukuoka and all Japanese friends, instructors and colleagues for their help and hospitality.