UK Students’ Opportunity in Japan

Ifan and Abigail are excited about their time in Japan

This summer, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) will be employing five British students, who will work alongside teams in Hitachi city, Japan, during a three month internship, which includes two students from Bangor University.  For the fourth year running, UK students will experience working in Japan as part of the nuclear development project, visiting existing nuclear sites and adapting to the Japanese
culture. In addition to Bangor, the students were selected from universities in Cambridge, Sheffield, Bristol, and Imperial College London, who have all collaborated with Hitachi-GE previously.

Ifan Jones from Betws y Coed and Abigail Moss from Rhyl are both in their second year studying for a MEng integrated masters degree in Electronic Engineering. Iestyn Pierce from Bangor University said, “This is a great opportunity for students to experience the engineering profession out in the real world of work. The students will be collaborating with world leaders in the nuclear and electrical sectors and are sure to come back to their studies with fresh enthusiasm and valuable educational and cultural experiences to look back on. It is great to see students from Bangor University selected for this programme once again.”

Hitachi city is home to five factories where Hitachi manufacture devices/equipment and develop systems including power generation facilities, devices for general industries and substation systems. Hitachi-GE was formed 2007, bringing together two companies with decades of experience in nuclear plant design. It has been involved with 23 reactors in Japan to date, including those currently under construction. Hitachi-GE’s role in the UK nuclear development is primarily as reactor technology provider for Horizon Nuclear Power, deploying the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) in Anglesey, North Wales and Oldbury, Gloucestershire.