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2012 Kyoto University - University of Transport and Communications Joint Summer Training Course of Transportation Planning

Date: September 24 - 27, 2012
Venue: Hanoi Campus, UTC, Vietnam

Organized by:
- Graduate School of Management Kyoto University
- University of Transport and Communications

Co-organized by:
- Center for Research in Business Administration, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University
- Kyoto University Global COE "Global Center for Research and Education for Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Number of attendants: About 100 in total (3 days)

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Providing for the mobility of people is one of important factors to support our daily lives, not only in developed countries but also in developing ones. Transportation also influences patterns of growth and economic activity by providing access to land. The performance of the system affects public policy concerns like air quality, environmental resource consumption, social equity, land use, urban growth, economic development, safety, and security. Transportation planning recognizes the critical links between transportation and other societal goals. It is needless to say that planning for transportation facilities, demand analysis, project evaluation method, and trip survey technique are key factors to obtain efficient transportation services, which include both private cars and public transportation like buses and trains.
From such a viewpoint, this course aimed at providing fundamental concepts and/or knowledge associating with transportation planning and results of application and particularly focusing on transportation in cities.
Benefits of the course are to help participants understand concepts and basic theory of transportation planning. It also provides the fundamental knowledge on urban transportation systems, as well as cost/benefit analysis in transportation planning.

Training course activities

The First day
After the remarkable opening ceremony from the both representatives of co-organize institutions, Prof. Kiyoshi Kobayashi (KU) and Prof. Tran Dac Su (UTC), the Transportation Planning course started with the lesson of General Introduction by Assoc. Prof. Kakuya Matsushima. The lesson provided the general information about natural, socioeconomic, conditions of Japan and Vietnam; highway network of Asia and Vietnam, master plan of Hanoi to 2030 and vision to 2050; background knowledge for Transportation Planning and general framework for the course.
In the second lesson, Dr. Ly Huy Tuan, from Transport Development and Strategy Institution, Ministry of Transport of Vietnam, provided information about the transportation situation, transportation network planning and transportation strategy in Vietnam. In the third lesson, Mr. Ichizuru Ishimoto, from Nippon Koei Co., Ltd., give the knowledge on project management and the application for transportation projects in Vietnam practices. In the fourth and fifth lessons, Prof. Kiyoshi Kobayashi provided the knowledge in transportation planning in deep and how to generally evaluate a project, especially for transport infrastructure project. In the end of the first day program, Assoc. Prof. Kakuya Matsushima provided the background for Cost/Benefit analysis.

The Second day
The program of second day started with the two lessons of urban transportation in Vietnam by Dr. Akira Hosomi, Japan International Consultants for Transportation Co., Ltd. In the third and fourth lessons, Assoc. Prof. Kakuya Matsushima provided the knowledge in 4-steps travel demand estimation. In the fifth and sixth lessons, Mr. Nguyen Trong Hiep provided the knowledge on person trip survey in Hanoi and using JICA Strada for travel demand forecasting, respectively.

The Third day
Assoc. Prof. Kakuya Matsushima opened the third day with the lesson of Urban Economic model. After that, he gave the lecture on SNA and economic circular flow. In the last lesson of the Transportation Planning course, Assoc. Prof. Kakuya Matsushima continuously introduced about the computable urban economic model and applications for transportation project evaluation.The third day ended with the examination for evaluating the understandable level of participants attending the course.

The Fourth day
In the fourth day, selected students joined the site visiting activities for enhancing the knowledge and approach the learning issues in practice.

Achievements and Results

The Transportation Planning course attracted about 100 participants including Official Staff of MOT and Departments of Vietnamese Government, Official Staff of Consultants, UTC’s lecturers and students attended the Transportation Planning course. After each lesson, there always were discussions between presenters and audiences for clarifying the issues in question and for cooperation in future as well. In the evening of the day, participants received the Certificate for the training course from representatives of both co-organized institution, Prof. Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University and Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Van Vinh, Vice Rector of University of Transport and Communications.

Photo: Attendance of the Course