The last week of Study Tour Shift will be spent in the world's most populous metropolitan area. With 39 million residents and a 2.5 trillion dollar economy, if Tokyo were a country it would be the 8th largest economy in the world. The insanity of a huge, wealthy metropolis where high-tech futurism is constantly contrasted by remnants of traditional Japan will prove to be one of the most memorable experiences of the study tour.
Tokyo is home to many companies in the IT field, and being the city where Shift will reside the longest, it is no surprise we will do most of our company visits here. One of these visits will be to MDR Inc., a company specialised in quantum computing. This relatively young company, founded in 2008, is currently growing rapidly and is currently doing projects with nVidia, Microsoft, IBM and Mitsubishi. During our visit to MDR, they will present our participants these projects, as well as one of their infrastructure-specific projects.
Among the other activities that we will undertake are a visit to the University of Tokyo, ranked as the best university in the continent of Asia, and present in almost every top 10 global university list. We will also visit Yokosuka Research Park, an area where many of the wireless and mobile communications companies have set up their research and development centers. Some notable companies based in the Yokosuka Research Park are Panasonic, Mitsubishi Electric, Toshiba, Texas Instruments and Fujitsu.
A theme in these sneak peeks has been to highlight both a company visit and a cultural activity for each city the study tour visits. However, we're not quite ready to reveal the cultural activity we will do in Tokyo just yet. As it will take place on the final day of the study tour, we have something special in store. Read all about it in the participant blogs during the study tour, or hear about it from them when they return - we'll make sure it's something they'll remember fondly.
That wraps up all the sneak peeks. Tomorrow morning the participants will start the International Studies Preparation course, which will take three weeks. And then it's already time for the study tour. In fact, in less than three weeks we'll be in South Korea already. I'm super excited, and I expect every committee member, participant and all the accompanying researchers to be as well. There is a lot of work left to do before we depart however, so there's a lot of late nights coming up. I can't wait.