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We, OSA/SPIE Osaka University Student Chapter have annually held an international student conferences which is planned and organized by students. For the past few years, we have invited many foreign students studying optics and photonics focusing from Asian countries and set up many opportunities to create international networks among the students. Since different countries have different culture and histories, and people living there have very different thoughts, we have realized how fresh and interesting it is to have discussions on the bases of a common keyword “Light”, with students from diversified backgrounds.
For the last year, International Year of Light 2015, we were honored to hold an international student meeting “Asian CORE Student Meeting 2015” during December 8 - 9. We invited around 60 students from China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore to create valuable students’ networks. With a concept “how we should develop our careers in the future”, we had fulfilling discussions through invited lecturers, panel discussions and group works etc. It is always one of the significant interests for students to get competent jobs by optimizing their own personalities. Moreover, career environments have been getting more international especially in Asia, and Japan is not the exception. In such diversified and international environments, we are sure that it was a very meaning opportunity for students to exchange their opinions regarding careers. We also had two invited lecturers, Prof. Toyohiko Yatagai, Utsunomiya University and President of SPIE; and Prof. Satoshi Kawata, Osaka University. Because of their diverse experience and thoughts, we expect all attendees to have been inspired for their future careers from their talks. Of course, we also had oral and poster presentations for their research introductions.
Finally, we would like to thank all the chapter Photonics Center staffs for helping us to arrange this meeting. Also we would like to thank to Prof. Yatagai and Prof. Kawata for warm supports and advices, and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and Optical Society of America (OSA) for huge financial supports. Natsuo Taguchi
Coordinator, Asian CORE Student Meeting 2015 President in 2015, OSA/SPIE Osaka University Student Chapter