Dr. Tadashi YAMADA
Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering
An agreement was reached by Japan, China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) at the second tripartite summit meeting held in October 2009, for promoting exchange among universities of the three countries. Then, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan created the "highly skilled professionals development projects through the exchange among universities of Japan, China, the Republic of Korea and other countries" (now "Campus Asia" base support projects) in the academic year of 2010. The Program for Capacity Building in Global Water- Environmental Engineering was proposed by Chuo University as a project. It is a great honor for us that our program was included in the programs of six universities that have been selected out of 47 projects submitted by universities throughout Japan. We also feel the high degree of expectations for the program.
People have been working hard to learn about nature since ancient times. Such efforts have naturally been augmented as the destruction of the natural environment was placed under careful scrutiny. Properly understanding natural phenomena and taking appropriate actions are now required. The recent global environmental destruction has been causing great damage to the air, soil and water areas. A pile of problems have been occurring such as acid rain, destruction of the ozone layer, global warming and river, lake and ocean pollution at the regional level. The problems are interconnected to one another via "water" as the keyword. We would like to develop as many highly skilled professionals as possible in the fields of water environment and water treatment by implementing the Program.
Japan was hit by an unprecedented great earthquake in March 2011. The event provided opportunities to renew the recognition of the importance of handing water-related problems and the issue of "water security". Researchers around the world now have a keen interest in how Japan will learn lessons from the earthquake disaster and what policy measures and technologies the country will develop related to the water environment and water treatment. The Program will also attend to these timely issues. We would appreciate the support of those concerned.
Students in the region, we are looking forward to your participation in the Program to obtain the knowledge about the global water environment of which social need has been growing day by day.