Program for Capacity Building in
Global Water-Environmental Engineering
A former U.N. Undersecretary General, Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, visited our university on August 21.
During the meeting with our president and vice presidents, Mr. Akasaka emphasized that the results of “Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development” held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in June of this year changed a mere slogan of “sustainable development” into a code of conduct which people all over the world, industries, communities and the government should tackle in ten to twenty years. He especially pointed out that the importance of “the measurement of the sustainability of global water environment” which our university is advancing as a part of U.N. academic impact.
After the meeting, Mr. Akasaka visited the laboratory of the graduate school of science and engineering which researched Global Water environmental science and engineering and talked with Mr.Odaira, the specially appointed professor cum general coordinator of the program and the Japanese and Asian students who were devoted to their research despite summer vacation. Mr. Akasaka advised those students that they should understand the importance of the sustainable development of the global water environment and become a leader of this field to form the next time and society.
After the meeting, students gave their impressions, such as “ I felt deeply moved by his words”, “He understood the water issue very much and was a great supporter for us”, “His words drove us to do future research activities”,” I would like to tackle with research activities further considering the Asia and the world”, etc.