Activity Report

Courtesy call on President Worsak at AIT by GSGES and GS of Agriculture Members (March 2, 2015)

March 6, 2015

On March 2, the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) team – Dean Prof. Shigeo Fujii, Vice-dean Prof. Shiya Funakawa, Prof. Yoshizumi Kajii and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Habuer, Vice-dean of GS of Agriculture Prof. Eiji Nawata from Kyoto University (KU), together with Dean and Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Science and Technology (INEST) Prof. Huynh Trung Hai from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) – visited the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand and made a courtesy call on President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai and Vice President Kazuo Yamamoto.

AIT is a graduate school established to provide higher education to talented students from a number of mainly Asia Region countries. It has produced a significant number of graduates who have gone on to become cabinet ministers in Asian nations, including Premier Mao Chi-kuo of Taiwan. Each year, a small number of AIT master’s program graduates are enrolled in a KU doctoral program. To date, four AIT graduates have been enrolled at GSGES, three of whom have graduated.

Following a video presentation introducing AIT, President Worsak gave a welcome address. The visiting team members introduced themselves and expressed their gratitude. This was followed by a lively discussion about collaboration on research and education between KU and AIT. The meeting closed with presentation of “thank you” gifts by President Worsak and a group photograph.

While at AIT, the visitors also had an interview with the Dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development Prof. C. Visvanathan, engaged in student exchange discussions with an agricultural group, toured the laboratories of the Department of Environmental Technology Management, and conducted interviews with prospective enrollees for the KU doctoral courses.




Visit GSGES Danang office for a preparation of the seminar in 2015 (November 13, 2014)

January 7, 2015

Specialist Administrative Staff visited GSGES Danang office at Danang University of Technology in order to prepare for the seminar held in 2015.

She also inspected the experimental facility, then deepened the relationship with Kyoto University students who currently do their research in Da Nang.



Student Exchange Agreement between the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto Univ. and Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University was concluded

December 12, 2014

Prof. Shigeo Fujii (Dean, GSGES), Prof. Satoshi Hoshino (GSGES), and Assoc. Prof. Shuhei TANAKA (GSGES) visited on Mahidol University in Thailand in order to conclude a student exchange agreement between the graduate school of global environmental studies, Kyoto Univ. and faculty of engineering, Mahidol Univ. on December 4th, 2014.  On the signing ceremony, Dr. Surakit Nathisuwan (Vice President, Mahidol Univ.) had a greeting and explain the aims, then, Prof. Fujii had a greeting including introduction of international exchange and expectation of further student exchange.  Dr. Worawit Israngkul (Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol Univ.) and Prof. Fujii signed on the student exchange agreement (shown in photo-1).

Before the ceremony, Dr. Songpol Ongwattanankul (Vice Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol Univ.) introduced a general outline of Mahidol Univ., then Dr. Ranjna Jindal (Program leader, International graduate program, Mahidol Univ.) introduced experiences of student exchange in Mahidol Univ..  Finally, Prof. Fujii introduced a general outline of graduate school of global environmental studies and our vision of double degree course (shown in photo-2).

After the ceremony, we visited on Salaya Central Instrumental Facility in Mahidol Univ..  Some high-performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometers (HPLC-MS/MS), a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS), high pressure gas piping systems were installed in this center.  Then, we visited at the library in order to observe new e-learning system (shown in photo-3).  Students used VTRs of lectures as a review material.  Finally, we visited at the environmental engineering laboratory managed by Dr. Suwanna Kitpati (Assist. Prof., Mahidol Univ.), then students introduced their research activities there.  I wish that many students will interchange through this agreement.

Photo-1:Signing Ceremony

Photo-2:Introduction of GSGES and our vision for double degree course

Photo-3:Students used e-learning systems

The 2nd International Symposium on Formulation of the Cooperation Hub for Global Environmental Studies in the Indochina Region (27-28 September 2014)

October 29, 2014

As the result of a collaboration between Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES), Can Tho University, and Hanoi University of Science and Technology, The 2nd International Symposium on Formulation of the Cooperation Hub for Global Environmental Studies in the Indochina Region was hosted by Can Tho University, Vietnam, on 27-28 September 2014.

The Symposium was organized as part of the GSGES’s three-year initiative launched in 2013 to establish a framework for international interdisciplinary cooperation in research and education in mainland Southeast Asia, a region currently undergoing rapid transformation. As part of the three-year project, operated as a “Core-to-Core Program” supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the GSGES is coordinating with six regional partners to form an extensive network focused on facilitating, among the member institutions, 1) the sharing of information on education, research, and practice, 2) international interdisciplinary exchanges, and 3) collaborative research. The participating institutions comprise the GSGES’s three close partners based in Vietnam — Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hue University, and Danang University — each of which acts as a regional hub for global environmental studies, as well as other partner universities including Khon Kaen University in Thailand, Champasak University in Laos, and the Royal University of Agriculture in Cambodia.

The 2nd Symposium was attended by around 90 people, including representatives of universities in Vietnam and other ASEAN countries with an interest in the Cooperation Hub initiative, Japanese universities and corporations, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Viet Nam Office, and JSPS Bangkok Office, as well as faculty members and students of Kyoto University and other participating institutions.

Welcome addresses were given by representatives of the three organizing institutions — GSGES Dean Shigeo Fujii, Can Tho University Rector Ha Thanh Toan, and Associate Professor Huynh Trung Hai, Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology. Presentations about the status of the regional hub project, international collaboration in education, research, and implementation, and the current situation at participating universities, as well as introductory sessions about corporate initiatives and research activities led to lively discussion.

The International Symposium is an annual event co-organized by the GSGES and participating institutions. The inaugural symposium was held in 2013 in collaboration with Hue University. The third Symposium will be held next year with Danang University of Technology. It is anticipated that further cooperation can be realized through active discussion and implementation of the promotion of collaborative research and education.

Commemorative photo

Dean Shigeo Fujii outlines the GSGES’s international exchange initiatives

Participants at the poster session

Visit to JSPS office in Bangkok by a team of GSGES, and the 8th Indochina Workshop

July 11, 2014

A team from GSGES (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies) consisting of Dean Shigeo FUJII, Prof. Yoshizumi KAJII, Assoc. Prof. Kei MIZUNO, Asst.Prof. Kenichirou ONITSUKA, Ms. Yasuko HIROSE and Ms. Naoko TERUKAWA visited JSPS (Japan Society for The Promotion of Science) Bangkok Office in the morning on June 27th, 2014. Together with Mr. Kuniaki YAMASHITA (Director), Mr. Daisuke YAMADA (Deputy Director) and Mr. Go YAMAMOTO (Director of Thailand Office of JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization)), JSPS projects, acceptance of foreign students and other educational issues were actively discussed.

In the afternoon, the 8th Inter-university Workshop on Research and Educational Collaboration in Indochina Region was held at Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok as a part of the pre-symposium of Kyoto University ASEAN Center Opening Ceremony, organized by the JSPS Core-to-Core Program, “Formulation of the ASEAN center for Global Environmental Studies in Indochina region”.  In addition to GSGES team and JSPS members, many important scholars including a president joined the workshop from Thailand (Mahidol University, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Ladkrabang), Vietnam (Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hue University, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Danang University, Danang University of Technology), Cambodia (Royal University of Agriculture), and Laos (Champasak University).  After short self-introduction by each participant, Dean FUJII introduced international activities of GSGES, followed by presentations on activities for global environmental issues and international education collaboration in each ASEAN university.  Active discussion in the workshop convinced practical and comprehensive education collaboration in near future of all the participants.