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International Deployment of Global and Architectural Engineering - Consequences and Perspectives -

Date: February 24, 2011
Venue: Room 191, C1, C Cluster, Katsura Campus, Kyoto University

Co-organized by:
Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, GCOE "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities", GCOE "Sustainability / Survivability Science for a Resilient Society Adaptable to Extreme Weather Conditions", SCF "International Center for Human Resource Development in Environmental Management (EML)", G30 "Undergraduate International Course Program of Global Engineering", G30 "International Course in Management of Civil Infrastructure in the Department of Civil and Earth Resources Engineering", G30 "International Course in Urban and Regional Development in the Department of Urban Management", G30 "International Project Management Course in the Graduate School of Management", G30 "International Environmental Management Program in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies"

Number of attendants: about 180

Report 135


This symposium is co-organized by the Global COE, Global 30, and other international projects currently implemented at Kyoto University in an aim to share the necessities and outlooks for international deployment of education and research on the global and architectural engineering. Professors representing each research group make presentations about the challenges and prospects for their respective fields, and discuss collaboration between fields and their future visions for international deployment.


First, Kyoto University Vice President Yuzo Onishi made a speech on the university-wide necessity and outlook for international deployment. He explained the direction in which the university is headed and the current status of the global and architectural engineering groups. Next, as a representative of the group of architecture, Prof. Teruyuki Monnai made a presentation titled "Response for the globalization of architectural activities" which covered the worldwide expansion of the architecture industry. As a representative of the group of civil engineering, Prof. Hiroyasu Ohtsu made a presentation titled "Why does the civil engineering group shift the helm to the international deployment?" in which he compared the civil engineering industries of Japan and foreign countries and extended his views on international deployment. As a representative of the resource engineering group, Prof. Toshifumi Matsuoka made a presentation titled "Resource development activities in the era of globalization" which emphasized the importance of technology by tracing the footpaths of a certain graduate. As a representative of the environmental engineering group, Prof. Hiroaki Tanaka made a presentation titled "Demanded international deployment of environmental engineering group" which explored his expectations of deployment in Asia and the possibilities of the water business. Finally, Prof. Kaoru Takara, as a representative of the disaster prevention group, made a presentation about activities in collaboration with international organizations and introduced another Global COE project named "Sustainability/Survivability Science for a Resilient Society Adaptable to Extreme Weather Conditions."
After the presentations, the symposium allowed time for a panel discussion. The participating students asked a lot of questions and offered constructive suggestions about international deployment and the globalization of KU departments beyond any of the professor's expectations. It was a good opportunity to understand the need for further informative activities directed at not only new students but also existing students.