Students at The University of Western Australia are provided many opportunities to further develop their skills and enhance their university experience. For Daniel Sully, a UWA student, he was able to travel to Japan at the end of last year as part of the Mitsui Educational Foundation (MEF) Study Tour.
As a student from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, the MEF study tour has enhanced Daniel's knowledge on a professional level.
"I really enjoyed learning about Mitsui's Mineral and Metal Resources Business Unit, with the lecture given by Mr. Izumi Yoshikawa being particularly relevant and informative. Visits to the TEPCO nuclear power station, Toyota and to the Nippon Steel Corporation facilities were also fascinating. As someone who explores for mineral and metal resources it is very beneficial to see firsthand where these materials end up and how they are used in industry. The tour has also made me a lot more interested in foreign relations, particularly the relationship between Japan and Australia."
Not only did this experience increase Daniel's knowledge on a tertiary level, Daniel also gained much knowledge on the Japanese culture.
"I came back from the MEF Study Tour with some very special memories and experiences which I will never forget. It always amazes me how rapidly one learns when travelling overseas. For me Japan was a country full of surprises, friends, learning, nature, good food and incredibly kind, humble and generous people. Eating magic black eggs cooked in a hot spring, which gave us seven extra years of life was a nice bonus too!"