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Symposium on Future Development for the Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology, GCOE 1st Shenzhen Overseas Base Symposium, Kyoto University - Tsinghua University

Date: December 2 - 3, 2009
Venue: Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, China

Organized by:
- Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"
- Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
- Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University

Co-organized by:
Kyoto University EML Program "International Center for Human Resource Development in Environmental Management"

Number of attendants: 33 (Dec. 2), 43 (Dec. 3)

Report 079


After three years since its establishment, Cooperative Research and Education Center for Environmental Technology, Kyoto University-Tsinghua University (CRECET) held a symposium in September 2008, entitled "Seminar on Cooperative Research and Activities" at Kyoto University. The agreement to extend the collaboration between the two universities for five more years was made then. Currently CRECET is recognized as the most important overseas base for Kyoto University GCOE program "Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities" and Kyoto University "Environmental Management Leader" Program, that were both launched last year. Collaborative educational and research activities between the two universities are accelerating as two Kyoto University faculty members have been dispatched to CRECET. As a part of an effort to encourage those activities, this symposium intended the following:
1) To celebrate the starting of the second phase of CRECET and discuss its further development among Kyoto University, Tsinghua University, and Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University.
2) To provide Tsinghua University and related organizations with better understanding on the GCOE and EML programs.


The first day was devoted to the opening ceremony of the symposium, and the following professors gave the opening addresses: Prof. Zhicheng GUAN who is the vice- president of Tsinghua University Council and the dean of Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University; Prof. Koichiro OSHIMA who is the dean of Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University; and Prof. Jiming HAO who is an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, a vice- chairman of Academic Committee of Tsinghua University, and the dean of Research Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering. Subsequently, the signing ceremony for the E-Learning agreement took place. A congratulatory speech was delivered from Katsura Campus, Kyoto University in relay. Furthermore, presentations on the GCOE and EML programs, followed by the development of CRECET, and a new five-year national environmental improvement project of China were given. It was valuable that we had participants from Tsinghua University, Beijing as well as Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University; we expect further development in cooperative research and educational activities.
The second day focused on workshops for cooperative research. The participants were divided into three groups: wastewater group, water environment and water supply group, and material cycle group. In the morning session, 14 professors gave brief presentations on their current studies. In the afternoon session, each group discussed issues of their interest to find possible cooperative research topics between the two universities. Also participants from both countries gave poster presentations. Through the workshops, we achieved a better understanding of the research topics for both countries, and also we discussed some topics that could be potential cooperative research projects in the near future.
In the symposium, we believe we made great strides forward in building a strong partnership between the two universities in various aspects such as human resources, agreement, and equipment.