The 13th “Network for Education and Research” meeting of the Program for Capacity Building in Global Water-Environmental Engineering was held at the Faculty of Science and Engineering on October 14, 2014. A total of 68 people from partner businesses, public agencies concerned with the Program and students attended the meeting.
The themes of the meeting included (1) An implementation report on the internship program in academic year 2014, (2) Introduction of students who were admitted to the program in AY 2015, (3) Topics concerning the water environment projects, and (4) An announcement of the upcoming “The 11th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment (SEAWE 11)”.
At the onset of the meeting, Dr. Tadashi Yamada, the Program organizer cum professor for the Graduate School of Science and Engineering gave an address expressing his deepest gratitude to all for supporting this program.
The report on the internship program in academic year 2014 was presented by 24 students enrolled in the "Global Water Environment" course in the first semester of their doctorial course.
Thanks to internship organizations, practical technical training was arranged by the internship trainers for the purpose of overseas students tackling their homeland water problems. And it is one of the characteristic trends of this term’s internship.
In addition to the contents of the training, students also reported their findings in areas such as the importance of communication and teamwork, occupation consciousness, occupation pride, business customs and working environment of Japanese companies.
Dr. Odaira, General Coordinator of the Program cum specially appointed professor for the Graduate School of Science and Engineering from the bottom of his heart expressed appreciation of the partners of the Network for Education and Research who had offered precious internship opportunities to his students. The Prof. mentioned that they were trying to make students highly specialized professionals and help them acquire useful knowledge and skills such as FORTRAN, a primary indefinite equation, compliance, and engineering ethics under the Program, and suggested partner businesses offer employment opportunity through more companies.
Then, a Chinese student (the present research student) who was admitted for academic year 2015 introduced himself and also expressed his resolution to study water environment hard under the Program.
In the third theme, “Topics concerning water environment projects”, Prof. Yamada introduced the necessity for internationalization and promotion of human diversity of the civil engineering society in Japan, the law on prevention of -global-warming (adaptation) , and a study on risk management entitled “decision-making in uncertain information”
Finally, Dr. Yamamura, Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Coordinator of the Program cum assistant professor for the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, introduced an outline of “The 11th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment (SEAWE 11)” and the listed Ministers and experts from overseas, and also ended the meeting with his appeal for positive participation from each company at the upcoming symposium.