The 12th “Network for Education and Research” meeting of the Program for Capacity Building in Global Water-Environmental Engineering was held at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering on April 22, 2014. A total of 22 people from partner businesses, and public agencies concerned with the Program attended the meeting.
The themes of the meeting included (1) Topics concerning water environments, (2) Career paths for the students who completed the course in AY 2013,(3) Introduction of students who were admitted to the program in AY 2014, (4) Credits and subjects for academic year of 2014 and (5) a development plan for the Program.
At the onset of the meeting, Dr. Tadashi Yamada, the Program organizer cum professor for the Graduate School of Science and Engineering looked back upon the progress of the Program, and said that they managed to make the Program get off the ground at the final stage, which was the last fiscal year of subsidy granted by the government. Dr. Yamada also mentioned that (1) The target number of Japanese students and overseas students was achieved, (2) Professors with wide experience were specially invited to become the teaching staff members of the Program, (3) the substantial and comprehensive curriculum deserved the special water environment course that was set up, and he appreciated the cooperation of partners of the Network for Education and Research.
Then, Dr. Odaira, General Coordinator of the Program cum specially appointed professor for the Graduate School of Science and Engineering introduced career paths for the students. He said that four students who completed the course in March 2013 worked for those companies where the students had done internship, and two students who are scheduled to complete the Program in March 2015 have also been offered employment by those companies where the students had done internships. He noted that internships might promote mutual understanding between companies and students.
Dr. Odaira explained that there were 16 overseas students in the Program in 2014; five of whom aimed at becoming experts in water treatment and water environment, and eleven of whom aimed at becoming experts in flood control and water use. He then emphasized that he was planning to make all students, regardless of their specialty, learn comprehensively in order that they could consider as highly specialized professionals who were well-acquired with water issues.
He informed that "Sustainable Water Environmental Management and Design" "Water Quality Control Technology" and "Disaster Prevention for GWEE" were set up as new subjects in the curriculum and he said that recognized experts in these fields had been as lecturers.
Dr. Odaira noted that although the further internal examination was required about advancement of the program after the end of subsidy granted by the government, Chuo University was planning to take necessary measures as an implementation university as well as to apply for program funding under the FY 2015 budget, for instances, “The International Priority Graduate Program-Advanced Graduate Courses for International Students”(Japanese Government Scholarship Program) and a Program to support ‘the Establishment of a base for joint research’
At the same time, a partner business of the members of “Network for Education and Research” appealed to other members for strong support for the Program in order to promote training of useful and talented people in the water environmental arena which would become more and more important.
Finally, Dr.Yamada concluded that he would like to promote the measure of water environment as a total system, through further strengthening cooperation in the field of water environment.