On December 11-14, 2015, international symposium of global collaboration on education, research and business in environmental studies and international workshop for implementation of global collaboration on education, research and business in environmental studies were held at Kyoto University.
The symposium were held at Maskawa Hall in Kyoto University on 11th, started with an opening speech by Prof. Shigeo Fujii, Dean of the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), followed by guest speeches by Prof. Ngo Bunthan, rector of Royal University of Agriculture in Cambodia, by Prof. John Sodeau, University College Cork (Ireland) and Mr. Kenichi Ishihara, chief director of JETRO Kyoto. After that, Prof. Kayo Inaba, an executive vice-president gave a welcome address to 152 participants attended from 16 nations, 25 universities (including Kyoto University), one research institute, one governmental organization and seven private companies. In the main session, Graduate school of Agriculture, Graduate School of Engineering and GSGES in Kyoto University explained their international collaborative activities. Participants discussed on their achievements, lessons and further prospects for global collaboration on education, research and business.
The workshop was held at Research building No.5 in Kyoto University on 12th and 152 participants attended. In one session, 84 participants attended and discussed about double degree programs and joint degree programs for master and doctoral students based on actual cases referring to the duration, scholarship, admission policy and some difficulties in each university. In another session, there were various talks from 4 speakers including specific examples of technological development, and activities through the collaboration between private companies and universities. In addition, field education activities and a framework to support global cooperation with industry, government, and universities in ASEAN countries were introduced. Through the discussion in both sessions, various ideas were rose and difficulties were shared, and participants agree to continue to develop the collaborations related with environmental studies.
The events were followed by meetings of double degree programs with practitioners of each relevant university on 13th and a study tour to visit a landfill site and so on in Kyoto city on 14th.