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Mar 27,2008
Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam visits Kyoto University

A delegation of eighteen officials, headed by H. E. Dr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam visited Kyoto University on March 27, 2008. Deputy Prime Minister Nhan and his party were received by Kyoto University president, Dr. Kazuo Oike and other KU executive staff members and professors including Executive Vice-President Hiroshi Matsumoto; Vice-President Toshio Yokoyama; Professor Takeshi , Dean of the Graduate School of Energy Science; Professor Shinji Tomita, Dean of the Graduate School of Informatics; Professor Masashi Kamon, Dean of the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies; Professor Shinsuke Morisawa, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering; Professor Eiji Nawata of the Graduate School of Agriculture and Professor Tetsuji Murase of the International Center.

The Kyoto University members and the Vietnamese delegates discussed KUs cooperative relationships with Vietnamese higher education institutions. The discussions began with Deputy Prime Minister Nihan explaining the current situation and future prospects of higher education in Vietnam. Following the Deputy Prime Minister's explanation, the Kyoto University members introduced the university and its various departments, and gave an overview of KU's education and research undertakings in cooperation with Vietnamese institutions. The discussion focused on strengthening cooperation between Kyoto University and universities in Vietnam.
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Mar 26,2008
Exchanging opinions about Japan. Discussion at KI-ZU-NA

As KI-ZU-NA's March event we had a discussion day. The topics were 'Women and Men in Japan' and 'what I like about Japan, what I don't like'. Although this was our first attempt to have a discussion day as KI-ZU-NA's event, all participants had a lively exchange of opinions in a very relaxed atmosphere. It was a good opportunity to know international students' opinions about Japan and also Japanese students' opinions.

Languages used were English and Japanese. We had translation support as well.
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Mar 25,2008
Dr. Matsuyama has been re-nominated as the next Director-General of the Institute for Information Management and Communication

President Kazuo Oike has re-nominated Dr. Takashi Matsuyama, Professor of the Graduate school of Informatics, as the next Director-General of the Institute for Information Management and Communication. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Institute for Information Management and Communication (IIMC)    

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Mar 25,2008
Dr. Oshima, Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering, has been nominated as Vice-President (Management of Katsura Campus)

President Kazuo Oike has nominated Dr. Koichiro Oshima, Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering, as Vice-President (Management of Katsura Campus). The term is six months, starting on April 1, 2008.

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Mar 25,2008
Dr. Saji has been nominated as the next Director-General of the Environment, Safety, and Health Organization

President Kazuo Oike has nominated Dr. Hideo Saji, Professor of the Graduate school of Pharmaceutical Sciences, as the next Director-General of the Environment, Safety, and Health Organization. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.

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Mar 19,2008
Professor Hiraoka has been reelected as the next Director of the Nano-Medicine Merger Education Unit

Nano-Medicine Merger Education Unit committee has reelected Dr. Masahiro Hiraoka, Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, as the next Director of the Medicine Merger Education Unit. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The Nano-Medicine Merger Education Unit Website

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Mar 17,2008
DPRI, RISH signs MOU with CAGS of the University of Oklahoma

The Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) and the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH) of Kyoto University concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation with the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences (CAGS) of the University of Oklahoma in USA.

The signing ceremony between Director Kazuhiro Ishihara of DPRI and Dean John T. Snow of CAGS took place in RISH director' s room. Vice-Director Toshitaka Tsuda attended the ceremony on behalf of Director Shuichi Kawai of RISH.

The DPRI and the Research Administration of the University of Oklahoma first entered into an agreement in 1991. The new agreement will be administered by the CAGS replacing the Research Administration. The two institutes, recognizing the value of international cooperation, have agreed to expand their cooperation by adding to this agreement the RISH.

The DPRI and RISH have so far concluded several MOU' s with various institutes around the world at the department level. However, this is the first MOU signed by DPRI and RISH together with other institute. By the signing of this MOU, a new comprehensive and efficient partnership will be built to have a wider range of academic activities in the future among the three institutes.

Prof. Hirohiko Ishikawa of DPRI, Vice-Director Tsuda of RISH, and Prof. Robert Palmer will be host professors and undertake the academic collaborative research in the field of the meteorological and radar observations.

Following the ceremony, the delegates went to see Professor Toshiyuki Awaji of Graduate School of Science in Kyoto University and made a courtesy visit with Vice-President Hiroshi Matsumoto, who was a former Director of RISH.

The next day, March 18, the delegates participated in the workshop at RISH, which was jointly organized by DPRI, RISH, and CAGS. Researchers associated introduced the research field of each institute and exchanged views on future collaborations.

They toured the MU radar of RISH at Shigaragi, Shiga Prefecture thereafter.
 Photograph      CAGS of the University of Oklahoma Website    

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Mar 14,2008
KU Graduate School of Engineering Delegation visits the University of Malaya and Chulalongkorn University

A six-person delegation from Kyoto University' s Graduate School of Engineering, including Prof. Tetsuo Sawaragi and Prof. Jun'ichi Sone (Vice President, Central Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation), visited the University of Malaya in Malaysia and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand during March 10 – March 14 in order to recruit the students for the Industry-Academia Global Engineering Human Resource Development Program.

At the University of Malaya the KU Delegation met with Prof. Dr. Muhamad Rasat Muhamad(Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation) and other faculty and staff. Following their meeting with the faculty and staff members, the KU Delegation gave a briefing to over 30 students, who had gathered to hear details about the Industry-Academia Global Engineering Human Resource Development Program. Following their introduction of the program, the KU delegates divided the assembled students into small groups to conduct interviews and answer questions. The interviews were intended to determine whether the program was suitable for each student' s career plan.

During their visit to Chulalongkorn University, the KU Delegation met with Assoc. Prof. Siriporn Damrongsakku (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs), Assoc. Prof. Proadpran Punyabukkana (Associate Dean for Information Technology), Assoc. Prof. Supot Teachavorasinskun (Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs), Assoc. Prof. Vanchai Rijiravanich (Director of International School of Engineering) and Assoc. Prof. Ekachai Leelarasmee (Deputy Director of International School of Engineering) of the Faculty of Engineering, and talked with students who are studying Japanese at the International School of Engineering. The KU Delegation gave a briefing about the Industry-Academia Global Engineering Human Resource Development Program to approximately 10 students and also conducted interviews. Some of the assembled students delivered presentations about their research undertakings.

In addition to achieving their primary goal – the introduction of the program – the KU delegation was also able to engage in discussions regarding the development of student exchange between KU and the two universities. Following on from these visits, a delegation from Chulalongkorn University will visit KU Graduate School of Engineering in April, and a delegation from the University of Malaya will visit in May. It is hoped that these visits will further enhance the partnership between KU and the two universities.

Industry-Academia Global Engineering Human Resource Development Program
http://interex.t.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/asia/ghnf/
 Photograph      University of Malaya Website      Chulalongkorn University Website

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Mar 14,2008
Professor Oshima has been elected as the next Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Graduate School of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering and the Graduate School of Engineering Professors Council has elected Professor Koichiro Oshima as the next Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Graduate School of Engineering. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of hte Graduate School of Engineering

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Mar 14,2008
Professor Sakaki has been eelected as the next Director of the Center for the Fukui Institute for Fundamental Chemistry

The committee of the Center for the Fukui Institute for Fundamental Chemistry has reelected Dr. Shigeyoshi Sakaki, professor of the Graduate School of Engineering, as the next Director of the Center for the Fukui Institute for Fundamental Chemistry. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Fukui Institute for Fundamental Chemistry

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Mar 14,2008
Professor Kawasaki has been elected as the next Director of the Environment Preservation Center

The committee of the Environment Preservation Center has elected Dr. Masahiro Kawasaki, professor of the Graduate School of Engineering, as the next Director of the Environment Preservation Center. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Environment Preservation Center(Japanese Text only)

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Mar 14,2008
Professor Saji has been reelected as the next Director of the Radioisotope Research Center

The committee of the Radioisotope Research Center has reelected Dr. Hideo Saji, professor of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, as the next Director of the Radioisotope Research Center. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Radioisotope Research Center(Japanese Text only)    

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Mar 14,2008
Professor Onishi has re-nominated as the next Director-General of the Library Network

President Kazuo Oike has re-nominated Dr. Yuzo Onishi, professor of the Graduate school of Engineering, as the next Director-General of the Library Network. The term is for one year, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The Library Network Website

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Mar 12,2008
Professor Tanaka has been reelected as the next Director of the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education

The committee of the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education has reelected Professor Tunemi Tanaka as the next Director of the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of Center for the Promotion of Excellence in higher Education    

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Mar 12,2008
Visit by delegation from Turkey

A delegation of 13 members from Turkey visited the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, on March 12, 2008. The group was headed by Mr. Şamil Çınar, Technical Deputy Mayor, Denizli Municipality.

As DPRI is the leading Research Institute and has conducted comprehensive research in the field of disaster prevention, the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) asked the DPRI to give an opportunity to the delegates to learn how to strengthen disaster management capacity of municipalities and also develop the quality and skills to prevent and mitigate natural disasters.

Professor Masahiro Chigira, Vice-Director of DPRI, gave a welcome speech and an overview of Kyoto University, Uji Campus and DPRI. After that, Mr. Çınar expressed gratitude on behalf of the delegates. Then Professor Hitoshi Tanaka introduced the latest DPRI' research to them. They asked some questions on the structural dynamics with great interest to get a deeper understanding on the subject.

Following that, the group toured the Laboratory of Wind Engineering. They listened to Professor Hiromasa Kawai' s explanation eagerly on the wind resistance performance of the structure.
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Mar 6,2008
Professor Rolf Wichmann, University of Dortmund visits the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

Professor Rolf Wichmann of the Faculty of Bio-Chemical Engineering, University of Dortmund visited Kyoto University' s Graduate School of Engineering at Katsura-Campus on March 6 and met with Dean Sei-ichi Nishimoto, Professor Minoru Miyahara and Professor Masahiro Ohshima. Following an explanation of the University of Dortmund's master's program and Summer School for international students by Professor Wichmann, he and the KU faculty members discussed cooperative student exchange between the University of Dortmund and Kyoto University.

Over the past seventeen years, the University of Dortmund and KU's Graduate School of Engineering have developed academic ties through programs such as the Student-Exchange Internship Program in the field of chemical engineering. The University of Dortmund and Kyoto University have just renewed their Agreement for Educational and Scientific Cooperation (originally concluded in 2002) and their Agreement for Student Exchange (originally concluded in 2003) and the two universities plan to further develop their partnership in the future.
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Mar 4,2008
Professor Ohta has been elected as the next Director General of the Center for African Area Studies

The committee of the Center for African Area Studies has elected Dr. Itaru Ohta, professor of the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, as the next Director General of the Center for African Area Studies. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Center for African Area Studies

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Feb 25,2008
Hand-made "Ehomaki" (Maki-sushi) cooking class! at Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA

We held 'Ehomaki' (Maki-Suhi) cooking class as KI-ZU-NA' s February event.
'Ehomaki' (Maki-Sushi) is eaten on 'Setsubun' , the bean throwing ceremony that takes place every February in Japan.
Although this was the first time to make 'Maki-sushi' for many participants, everybody enjoyed making 'Futo-maki' (Fat at rolls) and 'Hoso-maki'(Thin rolls) . After the 'Maki-Sushi' was ready, all the participants enjoyed chatting over the colorful and delicious hand-made 'Maki-Sushi' .
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Feb 20,2008
Professor Kawai has been reelected as the next Director of Research Institute for Sustainable Humanoshere

The Research Institute for Sustainable Humanoshere Executive Board has reelected Professor Shuichi Kawai as the next Director of the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanoshere. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website o the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanoshere

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Feb 19,2008
Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) Inaugurated

The iCeMS was inaugurated with a wide audience. The institute was selected under the World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and founded on October 1, 2007.

The inauguration consisted of three segments. The first two, the Inauguration Lectures and the Opening Ceremony, took place at the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall. The hall was almost filled to capacity of 500 with attendees including the guests of honor and the press, and frank discussions continued throughout the events. The third segment, the Reception, was held at a hotel in the city, and it remained highly entertaining till the very last minute.
 Photograph      The program on iCeMS website      The report on iCeMS website

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Feb 15,2008
Professor Morimune has been reelected as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Economics and the Faculty of Economics

The Professors Council of the Graduate School of Economics and the Faculty of Economics has reelected Professor Kimio Morimune as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Economics and Faculty of Economics. The term is for one year, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Graduate School of Economics

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Feb 15,2008
Professor Fujii has been reelected as the next Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Professors Council of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences has reelected Professor Nobutaka Fujii as the next Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Feb 14,2008
Professor Nishimura has been reelected as the next Director of the Institute of Economic Research

The Institute of Economic Research Professors Council has reelected Professor Kazuo Nishimura as the next Director of the Institute of Economic Research. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Institute of Economic Research

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Feb 14,2008
Professor Moriyama has been elected as the next Director General of the Pionnering Research Unit for Next Generation

The committee of the Pionnering Research Unit for Next Generation has elected Dr. Hirotake Moriyama, professor of the Graduate School of Engineering, as the next Director General of the Pionnering Research Unit for Next Generation. The term is for three months, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Pionnering Research Unit for Next Generation (Japanese Text only)

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Feb 13,2008
Professor Yao has been reelected as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Energy Science

The Graduate School of Energy Science Professors Council has reelected Professor Takeshi Yao as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Energy Science. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Graduate School of Energy Science

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Feb 5,2008
Professor Kageyama has been reelected as the next Director of the Institute for Virus Research

The Institute for Virus Research Executive Board has reelected Professor Ryoichiro Kageyama (Molecular biology) as the next Director of the Institute for Virus Research. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Institute for Virus Research

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Feb 1,2008
Professor Minoh has been reelected as the next Director of the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies

The committee of the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies has reelected Dr. Michihiko Minoh as the next Director of the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies

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Jan 30,2008
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya visits the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

Prof. Dr. Ghazaly Shaaban, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya visited Kyoto University' s Graduate School of Engineering at Katsura-Campus on January 30 and met with Dean Sei-ichi Nishimoto, Professor Hiroshi Tsuno, Professor Yuzuru Matsuoka and Professor Shigeo Fujii. After an explanation of the Industry-Academia Global Engineering Human Resource Development Program by Dean Sei-ichi Nishimoto, Prof. Dr. Ghazaly Shaaban and the KU faculty members discussed cooperative education and research activities including the ongoing e-learning activities between the University of Malaya, Tsinghua University (China) and Kyoto University. The University of Malaya and KU' s Graduate School of Engineering have already developed academic ties through the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science – Vice Chancellor Committee Program (JSPS-VCC Program), and the two universities plan to further enhance their partnership in the future.
 Photograph      Industry-Academia Global Engineering Human Resource Development Program      University of Malaya

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Jan 25,2008
Professor Nakamura has been elected as the next Director of the Kyoto University Hospital

The provisional committee of the Faculty of Medicine has elected Dr. Takashi Nakamura, professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, as the next Director of the Kyoto University Hospital. The term is for three years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Kyoto University Hospital    

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Jan 23,2008
Professor Maegawa has been elected as the next Director of the Research Center for Low Temperature and Materials Sciences

The committee of the Research Center for Low Temperature and Materials Sciences has selected Dr. Satoru Maegawa, professor of the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, as the next Director of the Research Center for Low Temperature and Materials Sciences. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Research Center for Low Temperature and Materials Sciences(Japanese Text only)

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Jan 23,2008
The first calligraphy of the new year 2008 at Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA

"The First Calligraphy of the Year Workshop", an annual event since 2004 was held at the "KI-ZU-NA" Reading Room in January. All the participants keenly listened to the instructor's explanation about calligraphy. They were all amazed by the instructor's marvelous forms and fine brushwork. The participants practiced until all sheets of paper were gone. Finally, they wrote their favorite words on a special paper. For many participants, this was their first experience in writing Japanese calligraphy, but their works were amazing. The instructor was impressed by the participants' calligraphy and commended all the participants repeatedly.
This was a great, unforgettable New Year experience for all the participants.
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Jan 23,2008
Academic Exchange Agreement Concluded with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

A signing ceremony was held at Kyoto University for the conclusion of an academic exchange agreement between KU and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The agreement, which was signed by SJTU President ZHANG Jie and KU President Kazuo OIKE, is intended to enhance and broaden the cooperation between the two institutions through collaborative undertakings such as interdisciplinary research projects, jointly held seminars and joint international research projects.

The agreement, Kyoto University' s 79th agreement with an overseas university, was concluded against a background of successful collaborative projects between SJTU and such Kyoto University departments as the Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Energy Science and the Graduate School of Informatics.

SJTU is one of China' s leading universities, with its emphasis on the study of science and technology, and a reputation for high-level education and research. The agreement will open the way for comprehensive new collaborative undertakings which are expected to yield fruitful results in research and in the cultivation of human resources. Accomplished education and research collaboration is also anticipated in fields such as environmental engineering, and it is expected that the two institutions will engage in international collaborative efforts geared towards seeking solutions to pressing environmental problems such as global warming.

The agreement represents part of Kyoto University' s ongoing efforts to strengthen its academic collaboration with universities both domestically and overseas in order to seek solutions to global issues.
 Photograph      The Shanghai Jiao Tong University Website    

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Jan 18,2008
Professor Tomita has been reelected as the next Director of the Graduate School of Informatics

The Graduate School of Informatics Professors Council has reelected Professor Shinji Tomita(Computer Architecture, Parallel Processing) as the next Director of the Graduate School of Informatics. The term is for one year, starting on March 1, 2008.
 The website of the Graduate School of Informatics

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Jan 17,2008
Professor Oishi has been elected as the next Dean of the School of Goverment

The Professors Council of the School of Goverment has selected Dr. Makoto Oishi, professor of the Guraduate school of Law, as the next Dean of the School of Goverment. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the School of Goverment

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Jan 17,2008
Professor Osaka has been elected as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Letters and the Faculty of Letters

The Professors Councilof the Graduate School of Letters and the Faculty of Letters has elected Professor Naoyuki Osaka as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Letters and the Faculty of Letters. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of hte Graduate School of Letters and the Faculty of Letters

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Jan 16,2008
Professor Nariu has been elected as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Management

The Professors Council of the Graduate School of Management has elected Dr. Tatsuhiko Nariu, professor of the Guraduate school of Economics, as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Management. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Graduate School of Management (Japanese Text only)

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Jan 10,2008
Professor Matsuzawa has been reelected as the next Director of the Primate Research Institute

The Primate Research Institute Executive Board has reelected Professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa as the next Director of the Primate Research Institute. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Primate Research Institute

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Jan 9,2008
Professor Konishi has been elected as the next Director of the Institute of Sustainability Science

Institute committie has elected Dr. Satoshi Konishi, professor of the Institute of Advanced Energy, as the next Director of theInstitute of Sustainability Science. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Institute of Sustainability Science

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Dec 20,2007
Unveiling Ceremony at Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences ("iCeMS")

Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences ("iCeMS") held a ceremony to unveil its gate sign board with the participation of President Dr. Oike, iCeMS Director Dr. Nakatsuji and many other participants. After the ceremony, iCeMS' staff hosted the attendees for a house tour in the newly renovated building where iCeMS headquarters is located including the Director' s Room and Administrative Office. All the announcements during the ceremony were made in English under the administration policy of iCeMS.
 Photograph      iCeMS website      World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative

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Dec 20,2007
Professor Ogata has been elected as the next Director of the Institute of Advanced Energy

The Center for Institute of Advanced Energy committee has elected Professor Yukio Ogata as the next Director of the Institute of Advanced Energy. The term is for 15 months, starting on January 1, 2008.
 The website of the Institute of Advanced Energy

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Dec 20,2007
Professor Yano has been elected as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education and the Graduate School of Education Professors Council has elected Professor Satoji Yano as the next Dean of the Faculty of Education and the Graduate School of Education. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Graduate School of Education

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Dec 20,2007
RISH signs a MOU with CRESS of York University

The Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH) of Kyoto University, concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation with the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS) of York University in Canada.
The signing ceremony between Director Shuichi Kawai of RISH and Director Gordon G. Shepherd of CRESS took place at RISH director's room. Director Shepherd was invited to RISH as a guest scholar from September to December, 2007.

York University, which is the third largest university in Canada, was founded about 50 years ago. It has 50,000 students in 11 faculties. CRESS was established in 1965 as the first unit in this university.

Vice-Director Toshitaka Tsuda of RISH and Director Shepherd began this academic collaborative research about several years ago. They have been conducting research on the structure and dynamics of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere. This MOU was based on the beneficial and fruitful exchange between these two institutions.

This MOU will enable RISH to participate in long-awaited projects: the Atmospheric Research by GPS Observations (ARGO) project and the Water, Aerosols and Temperature Experiment on High Altitude Balloon (WATEX-HAB) balloon flight, thanks to unstinting CRESS' s support. In addition, CRESS will take advantage of RISH equipment which it doesn' t have.

By signing this MOU, a new comprehensive and efficient partnership is expected between the two institutions. Thus, RISH hopes to actively promote academic exchange and enhance educational services through joint research, joint hosting of symposia, and faculty members exchange program.
 Photograph      CRESS of York University    

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Dec 17,2007
Professor Tanaka has been reelected as the next Director of the Center for Integrated Area Studies

The Center for Integrated Area Studies committee has reelected Professor Koji Tanaka as the next Director of the Center for Integrated Area Studies. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Center for Integrated Area Studies(Japanese Text only)

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Dec 14,2007
The 83rd RISH seminar was held in Malaysia by RISH

The Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University, and the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), jointly organized the seminar. That was held at the SBS of USM, Penang, Malaysia, from December 12 to 14, 2007.

SBS is one of the partner institutions of RISH. First Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was concluded in July, 2001, to conduct exchange programs mainly in the field of urban entomology. The two institutes renewed their MOU in July 21, 2006, to encompass a broader range of fields of wood science, and these successful past exchanges led to this series of activities.

The seminar covered a wide range of topics from basic to advanced research on wood science and technology. Over 60 researchers came to the seminar and showed great interest in their discussions.

Another purpose of this seminar was to nurture and inspire young Japanese researchers to become more international and enhance the quality of research. Therefore RISH assured the young researchers of RISH who joined beneficial opportunities.

During the seminar, on Dec. 13, Director Shuichi Kawai and other associated researchers at the RISH paid a courtesy visit to Vice Chancellor Lim Koon Ong of USM. First, they extended their thanks for the seminar and thereafter exchanged views on their mutual interest in academic exchanges.

The USM, which is a research oriented university mainly consisting of science departments, is a leading Malaysia university according to Malaysian government standards.
URL: http://www.usm.my/en/
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Dec 13,2007
Rice-Cake Making Party, an event that Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA

Rice-Cake Making Party, an event that Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA has held annually since 2003, was held in ''KI-ZU-NA'' terrace. This year, the weather was cloudy but everybody had a lot of fun. Pounding the rice to make mochi is a lot harder than expected, but the participants worked hard and made a delicious mochi. While trying mochi in different forms, including ozo-ni (mochi in a vegetable soup), and amazake (sweet alcohol), the participants also enjoyed interacting with each other. The participants had a great time taking part in a traditional Japanese winter event.
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Dec 13,2007
Professor Shimada has been elected as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies

The Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies Professors Council has elected Professor Shuhei Shimada as the next Dean of the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies. The term is for two years, starting on April 9, 2008.
 The website of the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies

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Dec 12,2007
Professor Tokitoh has been elected as the next Director of Institute for Chemical Research

Institute for Chemical Research Professors Council has elected Professor Norihiro Tokitoh as the next Director of Institute for Chemical Research. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Institute for Chemical Research

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Dec 11,2007
Professor Mizuno has been reelected as the next Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies committee has reelected Professor Kosuke Mizuno as the next Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. The term is for two years, starting on April 1, 2008.
 The website of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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Dec 5,2007
MOTTAINAI recycle fair

The second 'MOTTAINAI' recycle fair was held at Uji Campus, Kyoto University, to support all the international visitors and families at Uji Campus. The idea was to ask for goodwill donations from campus staff members and to offer gifts that were free of charge for international visitors. It was also a great opportunity to get to know for Japanese staff.

The word 'MOTTAINAI' is a traditional Japanese way of thinking, which believes people should make full use of an object with respect and love. It has become a catchphrase for Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, equating it roughly to the English phrase 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle', and is spreading its concept and mind all over the world.

After holding the first fair in past June, all foreign participants said they desired to participate again. Thus we accommodated their request. About 60 participants got together and chose their favorite items. In particular, things which were supposed to use in winter such as electric heaters and winter coats were very popular, because foreigners have to brave a chilly winter at Uji.

The highlight of this fair was much-awaited raffle draw. Indeed, this was God's gift for the lucky winner around Christmas season.

Overall, the fair was a great success. We will exert our outreach effort.
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Dec 5,2007
Professor Fujii has been elected as the next Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Professors Council has elected Professor Nobutaka Fujii as the next Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The term is for three months, starting on April 1, 2007.
 The website of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Nov 17,2007
RISH signs a MOU with Zhejiang Forestry University

The Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH) of Kyoto University, concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation with Zhejiang Forestry University (ZFU) in China.

RISH, Kyoto Prefectural Government, and Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) co-organized 'Workshop on Effective Utilization for Wood and Bamboo Resources of Kyoto'. Following that, the signing ceremony between Director KAWAI Shuichi of RISH and President Zhang Qisheng of ZFU took place at the Wood Composite Hall of RISH.

President Zhang has contributed to society in the bamboo charcoal field. He is engaged in the development of various eco-friendly products by taking utilizing the abundant bamboo resources in China.

ZFU was established in 1958 to fully support agricultural and forestry industries in that region of China. It has 1,200 faculty members, President Zhang and another researcher of which are members of the Chinese Engineering Academy, including 20,000 students.

Director KAWAI of RISH and Director Zhang Min of the Eco-materials Research Institute of ZFU began an academic collaborative research seven years ago. They have been undertaking the joint research of lignin adhesives and new building materials by using bamboos and kenaf plant fibers. This MOU is based on the beneficial and fruitful exchange between the two institutes.

With the signing of this MOU, a new comprehensive and efficient partnership will be built between the two institutes. Thus, RISH hopes to actively promote academic exchange and enhance educational services through joint research, joint hosting of symposia, and an exchange of faculty members.
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Nov 16,2007
Student Lounge "Japanese traditional martial arts - 'Let's try Karate'"

'Karate' is one of the most popular traditional martial arts in the world and it attracts many people, not to mention Kyoto University students. The event was an excellent opportunity to experience 'Karate' for those students who are interested in.
The participants joined a practice session of the Kyoto University Karate Club and had the opportunity to learn some basic moves. Although the practice was hard exercise, the participants enjoyed themselves by learning this enticing martial art, watching the amazing 'Kata' (forms) demonstration and interacting with the members of the Karate club and with other participants.
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Oct 20,2007
Student Lounge "Daimonji Mountain and Ginkaku-ji Temple Hiking"

The first "KI-ZU-NA" event of this semester was "Daimonji Mountain and Ginkaku-ji Temple Hiking". First participants wandered through the Philosopher's Walk near Kyoto University, and then they climbed Daimonji Mountain. Daimonji Mountain is well known for "Gozan no Okuribi", one of the biggest traditional summer events in Japan. Although climbing up the mountain was harder than they expected, the view from the top of the mountain was magnificent. After they went down the mountain, they visited Ginkaku-ji Temple. All the participants had a great time with their new friends on this perfect autumn day.
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Oct 8,2007
Students of Fudan University visit Kyoto on International Exchange Program (IEP)

The Kyoto University International Exchange Program (IEP) was initiated in 2005 to promote international cultural exchange opportunities for young students. Through the IEP, ten students, accompanied by Mr. Shen Hao, Lecturer of the International Exchange Section, and one more officer from the Center for Japanese Studies of Fudan University, Shanghai, visited Kyoto from September 30th~October 8th. Kyoto University has signed an agreement of academic cooperation and student exchange with Fudan University. This is the third visit by Fudan University students arranged through the IEP.

The visitors attended lectures on the Kyoto University campus and visited historical temples such as Kinkakuji and Daigoji. They also got a taste of traditional Japanese culture by trying ikebana (traditional Japanese flower arrangement) and participating in agricultural work with Japanese students in Kyoto's Keihoku Town.
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Oct 6,2007
German Federal Minister of Education and Research Visits Kyoto University

A party of sixteen delegates headed by Dr. Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany paid a courtesy visit to Kyoto University president, Dr. Kazuo Oike on October 6th, 2007. Other Kyoto University representatives present at the meeting were Executive Vice-President Masato Kitani, Vice-President Toshio Yokoyama, Professor Tetsuo Sawaragi of the Graduate School of Engineering and Mr. Wataru Soga, director of the International Affairs Department. Discussions at the meeting revolved around the history and future of Kyoto University's cooperative links with German universities, as well as industry-government-academia collaboration and university management. After the meeting the visitors were taken on a tour of the Kyoto University Museum, guided by museum director, Professor Ichiro Yamanaka. The visiting party showed great interest in the museum's natural and technological history exhibits.
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Oct 1,2007
Official Opening of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS)

Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences held the ceremony for its official opening. About 20 people, including PIs from outside Japan, attended the ceremony. After the ceremony, they also held a kick-off meeting. At the night, about 30 people concerned, including Executive Vice-President Mr. Masato KITANI and Executive Vice-President Dr. Shuzo NISHIMURA, attended the dinner party. In a sociable atmosphere, they all deepened exchanges with each other.
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Oct 1,2007
Professor Nakatsuji has been elected as the Director of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences

The WPI Research Center Establishment Committee has elected Professor Norio Nakatsuji (Developmental Biology) as the director of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences. The term is for five years, starting on October 1, 2007.

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Sep 28,2007
Professor Sakaguchi has been elected as the next Director of the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences

The Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences Executive Board has elected Professor Shimon Sakaguchi (Immunology) as the next Director of the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences. The term is for two years, starting on October 1, 2007.
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Sep 22,2007
Field Trip for Newly Arrived Exchange Students

The Foreign Students Division of Kyoto University's International Affairs Department held a field trip to Hida-Takayama, Shirakawago and the Hokuriku District for newly arrived international students on September 20~22th, 2007. The aim of the trip was to provide the students with an opportunity to participate in exchange activities which fall outside of the framework of their regular faculty/graduate school activities, and give them a chance to learn about Japan's regional culture. Forty-two students participated in the trip.

On the first day of the trip, the students traveled by bus to Takayama City in Gifu prefecture where they visited the Arts and Fiesta Forest culture center and took a tour around the city's old-style urban landscape learning about the city's history and traditional crafts. The students stayed overnight in the city.

On the second day, after visiting Miyagawa morning market, the students visited the historic village of Shiarakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and saw the area's famous gassho-zukuri (praying hands - so called because of their distinctive shape) style thatched cottages. The students visited the Wadaya, a gassho-zukuri inn which has been designated as an important cultural property. Inside the building the students were able to see various examples of traditional crafts and gain an understanding of the traditional Japanese lifestyle.

The next event on the itinerary was a visit to Kanazawa City's Nagamachi samurai district. That was followed by a visit to Hakuichi, a famous gold leaf manufacturer and workshop, where the students were able to try their hand at gold leaf application - transferring the incredibly thin gold leaf onto the surface of a paper clip. With the help of the instructors and the support of their companions, all of the students achieved this difficult task.

The students then spent the night in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, where they donned light yukata kimonos and took a trip to the onsen hot spring spa - a popular way to relax in Japan.

The final day was spent in Fukui prefecture, first with a trip to view the spectacular scenery of Tojimbo, an unusual cliff formation off the Sea of Japan, and then with a trip to Eihei-ji, one of the main temples of the Soto school of Buddhism.

The students returned to Kyoto in good spirits, having deepened their friendship, and learned a great deal about Japan's traditional culture.
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Sep 21,2007
Visit by a delegation from National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

A delegation of 7 researchers from the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taiwan, visited the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) and the Institute of Advanced Energy (IAE). The group was headed by Prof. Chi-Chang Lin, Dean of the College of Engineering and Director for the Center of Environmental Restoration and Disaster Reduction.

NCHU was first founded as the Advanced Academy of Agronomy and Forestry, in Taipei in 1919, and reorganized and renamed as National Chung Hsing University in 1971, which is the third national university in Taiwan. It includes the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Engineering, the College of Agriculture, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Social Science & Management.
This is the second time such a delegation has visited DPRI. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the specific collaborative research to prevent and mitigate natural disasters, because Taiwan and Japan experience the same kinds of natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.

As for the visit of IAE, the delegation planned this official visit with a serious intent of discussing the possibility of starting an academic exchange between the two institutes.

They visited DPRI first. The meeting began with remarks by Director Kazuhiro Ishihara of DPRI, who gave a welcome speech and an overview of DPRI. Thereafter, Director Lin expressed gratitude on behalf of the delegates and presented an overview of NCHU.

Then they discussed matters of mutual interests with other concerned researchers of DPRI for the purpose of implementing exchange programs. After a question and answer session, both institutes finally concurred that they will appoint a contact person from each institute.

Following that, they visited IAE. Director Akira Kohyama delivered a welcome speech and an overview of IAE. Director Lin extended their thanks and presented an overview of NCHU. Thereafter, they looked into the possibility of starting an academic exchange through dialogue.

Finally, they expressed great interest while being led through the tour of the Laboratory for Complex Energy Processes of IAE.
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Sep 21,2007
Visiting students from Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST) learn Ikebana (flower arrangement)

Six students and one professor (Professor Li Kunzhi) of Faculty of Life Science and Biotechnology, Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST) are visiting Kyoto University for 10 days as part of the International Exchange Program. During their visit, the students had the opportunity to attend a lecture on Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, which was held in the university. The lecturer was Mr. Ryuho Sasaoka, the next head of the Mishoryu Sasaoka school of flower arrangement and an alumni of Kyoto University.

The KUST students were joined for the lecture by eight Kyoto University students, and together they were able to try making flower arrangements by themselves. Mr. Sasaoka lectured the students about ikebana's "principle of beauty," emphasizing the effects created by asymmetry and by using flowers and leaves to create triangular forms. The students also learned about the concept of respecting the life of a flower.
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Sep 14,2007
Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA "Let's experience Tea Ceremony!"

This September's KI-ZU-NA event was the "Let's experience Tea Ceremony!" The Instructors at the Urasenke Centre explained very kindly how to make and serve Japanese tea in detail. Although most of the participants had never experienced Japanese tea ceremony before, they all looked very satisfied with their self-made tea. Everyone very much enjoyed drinking Japanese tea and experiencing Japanese traditional culture.
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Sep 12,2007
Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences proposal adopted for World Premier International Research Center Initiative

Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences proposal is one of five proposals that have been adopted for inclusion in the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's (MEXT) World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative.

The WPI Initiative was established by MEXT in 2007 based on the 3rd Science and Technology Basic Plan (issued by the Cabinet in 2006) and the Comprehensive Strategy for Creating Innovation (issued by the Council for Science and Technology Policy in 2006).

The initiative provides priority support for projects aimed at creating world-class research centers of the highest standard, staffed by leading researchers. Through encouraging autonomous initiatives such as system reform, the WPI Initiative aims to raise research standards, provide a superior research environment and globally acclaimed research centers which will attract the world's most outstanding researchers.
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Aug 29,2007
Visit by a delegation from China University of Geosciences, Beijing

A delegation of executives from China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), visited the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI). The group was headed by President Wu Ganguo and included 3 deans, 5 vice-deans.

In 1952, CUGB was established by amalgamating the geological departments of Peking University, Tsinghua University, Tianjing University, and Tangshan Railway Institute. CUGB is a comprehensive and National key university with a focus on developing balanced programs in the fields of sciences, technology, arts, management, economics and law, as well as maintaining its characteristic strength in geology, resources, environment and geological engineering. All of their efforts have made great contribution to the course of Socialization constructing. There have been over 70, 000 graduates of CUGB since its opening in 1952, and many of them have gone on to prominent places in society. In particular, their alumnus Wen Jiabao was inaugurated as the sixth Premier of China in March, 2003.

President Wu of CUGB designed this official visit in earnest to establish collaborations and exchanges between the two institutes.

Firstly, they toured Ujigawa Open Laboratory of the Research Center for Fluvial and Coastal Disasters, the Laboratory of Wind Engineering, and the Laboratory of Research Center on Landslides with great interest.

Following that, the meeting began with remarks by Director Ishihara Kazuhiro, giving a welcome speech and overview of DPRI. Thereafter, President Wu expressed gratitude on behalf of the delegates and presented an overview of CUGB.

Then, they discussed mutual interests with other concerned researchers of DPRI for the purpose of implementing an academic exchange. Consequently, both institutes concurred at the end of the meeting that they will sign a memorandum of understanding between the two institutes.
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Aug 23,2007
Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA "Summer Exchange BBQ Party!"

This August's KI-ZU-NA event was the "Summer Exchange BBQ Party," which has become a KI-ZU-NA's annual event of the summer. In spite of the bad weather, many students, professors, and staffs from Kyoto University came to this BBQ party. And everyone looked very satisfied with prepared delicious foods. All the participants enjoyed spending a cool early evening having a BBQ and talking to each other.
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Aug 22,2007
Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU) 13th Annual General Meeting and 21st Board of Directors Meeting held at Kyoto University

The Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU) is an alliance of the foremost research universities in the East Asian Region. The association includes member universities from Japan, mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. As Kyoto University President, Dr. Kazuo OIKE currently holds the position of vice-chairperson of AEARU, Kyoto University is actively engaged in promoting and advancing academic exchange between the member universities.

On August 22nd, the presidents of AEARU member universities were invited to Kyoto University for the association's 13th Annual General Meeting and 21st Board of Directors Meeting. The general meeting was attended by representatives from 14 member universities, and discussions were held covering various topics, including reports of recent AEARU activities (such as workshops, symposia and summer camps), plans for activities and events in the coming year, and the possibility of expanding the association's membership.

In the afternoon, following the general meeting, a presentation session was held in which representatives from each member university delivered reports of their institution's recent achievements or outlined future plans. President Oike gave a presentation outlining new initiatives being taken by Kyoto University to promote international student exchange.

Following the presentation session, attendees were treated to a lecture by Professor Bunkyo KIN, Director of Kyoto University's Institute for Research in Humanities. Professor Kin's lecture was entitled "The Contemporary Significance of Kanji Use in East Asia." After his lecture Professor Kin lead the attendees on a guided tour of the Institute for Research in Humanities' Documentation and Information Center for Chinese Studies, an ornate and unusual building containing many rare volumes of Chinese text.
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Aug 7,2007
Visit by 36 high school students from Gifted Education Institute in Seoul

A delegation of 36 students from Gifted Education Institute in Seoul visited Kyoto University, Uji Campus on August 7, 2007, accompanied by three staff members. The group was headed by Mr. WOO Il Am, Educational Researcher of Seoul Science Park. Gifted Education Institute in Seoul screens its intake from the highest level students and places emphasis on the education of mathematics and the natural sciences.
Dr. KAWAI Shuichi, Director of the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), delivered a welcome speech and overview of Kyoto University, Uji Campus and RISH.
Following these, Professor James Jiro MORI of Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), gave a special lecture on Seismology.
Then they toured the Research Center for Earthquake Prediction and the Display of Current Earthquake and Volcano Activity of DPRI, the Xylarium & Virtual Field of RISH, where they listened to the explanations with great interest.
This is the third time such a group has visited Uji Campus.
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July 29,2007
Kyoto University Alumni Association of Indonesia (HAKU) Established

The first meeting of the Kyoto University Alumni Association of Indonesia (Himpunan Alumni Universitas Kyoto – HAKU), an alumni association for Indonesian graduates who formerly studied at Kyoto University as international students, was held on July 29th at the Jakarta Office of the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).

The inaugural meeting was attended by approximately 50 members, and featured a congratulatory address by the President of Kyoto University, Dr. Kazuo Oike. President Oike also gave a slide-show presentation highlighting recent events and developments at the university. Following President Oike's presentation, the association's organizers, Professor Supiandi Sabiham of Bogor Agricultural University and Professor Bambang Subiyanto of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences were appointed as the association's president and vice-president respectively. The founding of the association was featured as the top article in the July 30th edition of the Jakarta Shimbun (a Jakarta-based Japanese daily newspaper; the article (in Japanese) may be viewed at the following URL: http://www.jakartashimbun.com/top7.shtml).

The first general meeting of the new alumni association and the First Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum are scheduled for November of this year.
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July 28,2007
The 10th Kyoto University International Symposium

The 10th Kyoto University International Symposium was held in Bandung, Indonesia from July 26-28, 2007. The theme of the seminar was "Active Geosphere Science." Faculty members and graduate students from six Kyoto University departments including the Graduate School of Science and the Disaster Prevention Research Institute attended the symposium. Keeping in mind the university's fundamental principle of pursuing "harmonious coexistence within human and ecological community on this planet," participants engaged in a multi-faceted dialogue with the objective of gaining a more integrated understanding of the Earth's active geosphere, the interrelation of its individual components, and how best to disseminate that knowledge throughout both the local and global communities. The seminar featured reports of cutting-edge research based on fieldwork in tropical regions and discussions on the appropriate method of representing academic and scientific views and forecasts in fields related to geosphere science.
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July 25,2007
President Kazuo Oike visits sites of Kyoto University aid in the suburbs of Yogyakarta, Indonesia and performs commemorative tree-planting

Kyoto University President Kazuo Oike and Vice President Toshio Yokoyama recently visited the villiage of Gesikan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Gesikan village suffered massive damage as a result of the earthquake disaster in May, 2006, resulting in the destruction of many homes and buildings. Kyoto University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) and Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS) have been cooperating with local people to establish a traditional home garden-based disaster information facility.

In addition to performing a commemorative planting of rambutan and mango trees, President Oike paid a visit to a local arbor facility that has been established to educate the village children about the surrounding natural environment. While visiting the arbor, the president was treated to some fried mushrooms and hibiscus tea – local produce introduced for the recovery of village livelihood and economy.

This visit represents part of Kyoto University's ongoing efforts to deepen cooperation between academic researchers and other citizens in the earthquake-prone countries of Indonesia and Japan for the purpose of sharing knowledge pertaining to disaster prevention and building local infrastructures that are able to deal effectively with natural disasters.
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July 13,2007
Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA "Let's cook Kansai's specialty-Takoyaki!"

This July's KI-ZU-NA event was the "Let's cook Kansai's specialty-Takoyaki." Takoyaki, octopus dumplings, is one of the most popular Japanese dishes not only in the Kansai region, but also throughout Japan. Although most of the participants had never made takoyaki before, they each baked many takoyaki balls and everyone was surprisingly good. For the filling we prepared octopus, sausage, mochi, and cheese, so that they could enjoy a variety of tastes. All the participants enjoyed eating their delicious self-made takoyaki and talking to each other.
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July 12,2007
Professor Shiota selected as the next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine

The Graduate School of Medicine Professors Council selected Dr. Kohei Shiota as the next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine. The term is for two years, starting on October 1, 2007.
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July 10,2007
Kyo-kyo Kai Alumni Meeting held in Beijing

The latest meeting of Kyo-kyo Kai, a Kyoto University alumni meeting held in Beijing, China, was held on July 10th. The meeting coincided with a visit to Beijing by Kyoto University Vice President Kazumi Matsushige and Professor Junichi Mori, Director of the International Center. The alumni association in Beijing has 45 members. In spite of their busy schedules, 16 members attended the meeting and received news of recent events at the university including reports of exchange students' activities.
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July 9,2007
Kyoto University Delegation Visits Tsinghua University to Promote International Society-Academia Collaboration

A delegation from Kyoto University, headed by Vice President Kazumi Matsushige visited Tsinghua University in Beijing, China earlier this month. The purpose of the visit was to explore the possibilities for collaboration between academics, the public sector and private corporations, in fields relating to the environment, water, energy and electric vehicles. The delegation was comprised of representatives from Kyoto University, officials from Kyoto Prefecture and representatives from the ROHM Corporation electronics company. The party met with Tsinghua University representatives including Vice President Professor Chen Jining, Vice President Professor Zhang Fengchang, Vice Chairman of Tsinghua University Council Professor Rong Yong-Lin, and Professor Song Jun, the chairman of the Tsinghua Holdings Co. Ltd (a limited liability company owned by Tsinghua University). The delegation also visited the University's Department of Automotive Engineering and affiliated companies of Tsinghua Holdings. A forum on environmental preservation and further collaborative projects are planned for December of this year.
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July 4,2007
Delegation from Malaysia

On July 4, 2007, a delegation of 5 visitors from Malaysia visited the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, accompanied by Dr. HATANO Yasunori from Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute. The delegation was headed by Mr. MOHD RAZMAN Mohamad Azizuddin, Deputy Director of Malaysian Wood Industrial Company under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) program. As RISH is the leading Research Institute in the field of Wood Science, the program gave an opportunity to the delegates to learn about the development of the quality test skills of forest products.
The meeting began with remarks by Dr. HATANO, expressing gratitude on behalf of the delegates. After that, Professor KAWAI Shuichi, Director of RISH, gave a welcome speech and overview of Kyoto University, Uji Campus and RISH. Following the welcome ceremony, the group toured the Laboratory of Active Bio-based Materials (Bio-nanofiber composites), and facilities of cooperative study program of RISH including the Xylarium & Virtual Field, the site of Wooden Eco-Dwelling House Project, and Deterioration Organism Laboratory (Termites and decay fungi).
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June 29,2007
International Exchange Event: Meet in Kyoto 2007

Meet in Kyoto 2007, an international exchange event held by The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto, took place at the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall on the evening of Friday 29th June. Approximately 70 people attended the event. The Meet in Kyoto event has been held annually since 2005, in previous years it was hosted by Ryukoku University (2005) and Ritsumeikan University (2006).

The event began with a lecture by Professor Takao YOSHII, Vice President of Hanazono University entitled "Kyoto's Topography and Culture." Professor Yoshii's lecture focused on describing the influence exerted by natural environmental beauty on the culture of the Heian era (794-1185). The lecture was of particular interest to those of the attendees who hailed from overseas.

The second part of the event began with a greeting from Professor Junichi MORI, director of the International Center, which was followed by speeches from Professor Timothy D. CRAIG of the Center for Ecological Research and Dr. Srithong SRISA-ARD, a researcher in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Professor Craig and Mr. Srithorn spoke to the audience about their impressions and experiences of living in Kyoto. Following those speeches, the event's participants, many of them researchers at various institutions and universities in Kyoto, had an opportunity to mingle and converse with each other. Although it was the first time they had met, this opportunity for exchange was very productive.

Participants were also entertained by a performance of the song "Haru no Umi" by the Japanese music circle, Eifukai, a tea ceremony demonstration, and a performance by Saikyo Zensen, the university dance team.
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June 23,2007
The Ninth Kyoto University International Symposium Integrating Global Environmental Studies towards Human Security

The Ninth Kyoto University International Symposium, entitled "Integrating Global Environmental Studies towards Human Security" was held on June 22nd-23rd at the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall. The Symposium, which drew over 400 participants, featured invited guest speakers from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India and Iran. Kyoto University has regularly held such symposiums at various international venues since 2001; however this is the first to be held at the university itself, and the first to be held in Japan.

The open symposium on the first day of the seminar featured keynote speeches by Alan DUPONT, Director of the Center for International Security Studies, University of Sydney, and Toshiro KOJIMA Japan's Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs of the Ministry of the Environment. Professor Dupont's speech was entitled "The Interaction between Environmental Security and Human Security," and Vice Minister Kojima spoke on "Climate Security." Following the keynote speeches, a panel discussion was held focusing on the issue of "Global Environmental Studies for Human Security."

The first part of the second day's proceedings was divided into three simultaneously held lecture and discussion sessions. The sessions were entitled "What is 'Sustainability'?" "Civilizing Modern Science and Technology for a New Civilization," and "Field and Community Experiences." The three sessions were followed by a lively combined discussion session on the theme of "The Direction and Prospects of Global Environmental Studies in the Future."

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol and the 5th anniversary of the establishment of Kyoto University's Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies. As worldwide concerns over environmental problems such as global warming increase, the ninth Kyoto University International Symposium was a landmark event in the multi-disciplinary field of global environmental studies.

The event was jointly organized by Kyoto University's Organization for the Promotion of International Relations (OPIR) and Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) in collaboration with the Field Science Education and Research Center (FSERC) and the Kyoto Sustainability Initiative (KSI).
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June 23,2007
Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA "Sanzen-in Temple, Shakyo, and making Japanese Paper"

This June's KI-ZU-NA event was the "Sanzen-in Temple, Shakyo, and making Japanese Paper." First of all, participants took a bus from Demachiyanagi station to Ohara, where they experienced making Japanese paper. We used a tool known as a "Sugeta" to comb a kind of mulch in order to make the Japanese paper. Participants could decorate their own Japanese paper as they liked, and they looked very satisfied with their completed pieces.
After that, we all went to Sanzen-in Temple. The "Ajisai-matsuri" (Hydrangea Festival) is being held at the moment at the Sanzen-in Temple, and everyone was very impressed by beautiful blooming hydrangea flowers. Then they experienced Shakyo. The aim was to copy 16 Kanji characters, "Shichibutsutsuukaige". Most participants were not used to writing characters using a brush. However, they tried to copy them slowly and carefully, so that they could dedicate their beautiful works to the temple after they finished copying.
In Ohara we had very nice weather and were able to enjoy some of the many places of beauty in Kyoto and experience Japanese culture. It was a fruitful day for them.
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June 22,2007
'MOTTAINAI' recycle fair at Uji Campus

A 'MOTTAINAI' recycle fair was held at Uji Campus, Kyoto University on June 21 and 22, to support all the international visitors and families at Uji Campus. The idea was to ask for goodwill donations from campus staff members and to offer gifts that were free of charge for international visitors. It was also a great opportunity to get to know for Japanese staff.
The word 'MOTTAINAI' is a traditional Japanese way of thinking, which believes people should make full use of an object with respect and love. It has become a catchphrase for Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, equating it roughly to the English phrase 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle', and is spreading its concept and mind all over the world.
This was our first trial, and would not have been possible without the help and generosity of campus staff members. About 70 foreigners got together and chose their favorite items. Things related to Japanese culture such as Kimonos and handicrafts were popular. Overall, the fair was a great success. All the foreign participants said they do hope to join this kind of activity again.
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June 20,2007
2007 International Students' Welcome Party

A welcome party for newly enrolled international students was held on the evening of Wednesday 20th of June at the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall. The party, which was hosted by the president of Kyoto University, was attended by 333 international students.

Annual welcome parties for international students have been held since 1961. They provide an opportunity for the newly enrolled students to interact in a relaxed atmosphere with many university officials and staff members including vice-presidents, executive directors, the directors of various faculties and administrative departments and lecturers. There are also many invited guests in attendance from organizations and institutions outside of the university, including the Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai, The Kyoto Prefecture Branch of the Japan-China Friendship Society, and various associations and groups from Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto City.

The party was opened with a welcoming greeting by President Kazuo Oike, which was followed by a further speech by Ms. Johanna Berg, the representative for the international students. Ms. Berg hails from Germany, but delivered her speech in fluent Japanese and English. Then, Vice President Toshio Yokoyama, Director General of the Organization for the Promotion of International Relations led the party attendees in a toast.

President Oike's speech was interpreted in three languages for the various nationalities in attendance by Mr. Francis Bolstad of New Zealand, a student in the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies; Mr. Zheng Dongji, a Chinese student in the Graduate School of Science; and Mr. Chu Gyomun, a Korean student in the Graduate School of Agriculture.

The Party continued with a demonstration of the traditional Japanese card game karuta by the Kyoto University Karuta Team. Dressed in traditional costume, the team members provided an English explanation for the students, who were enthralled by the skills on display. This was followed by a climactic dance performance by the official Kyoto Dance team Saikyozensen.

The party ended memorably for all participants with a recital of the Japanese song Furusato led by Dr. Aruno Suzuki, Kyoto University faculty member, and featuring embellishment by international students singing songs from the Philippines, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Australia and Sweden.
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May 29,2007
President Oike participates in the APRU 11th Annual President's Meeting

The APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities) 11th Annual President's Meeting was held at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China from May 28th-30th, 2007. Kyoto University President, Dr. Kazuo OIKE attended the meeting together with Executive Vice-President for Research and Finance, Dr. Hiroshi MATSUMOTO; Director-General of the Organization for the Promotion of International Relations and Vice President, Professor Toshio YOKOYAMA; and Director of the International Affairs Division Mr. Masao TSUKAMOTO. The meeting was attended by 24 presidents from APRU affiliated universities, six special guests and over 70 other participants. (more)
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May 26,2007
Exchange Students One-day Field Trip Report

A one-day field trip was held on May 26(Sat.) for the exchange students taken under the wing of the International Center/Foreign Student Division.
The trip has been held every year since 2005 during May. The purpose is to offer the exchange students a chance to learn about the ancient city, Nara, which has a history as old as Kyoto. 22 students participated in this trip.
The students started by bus from Kyoto University at 8 am. After 90 minutes, they arrived at the first facility, Asuka Historical Museum. They learned about the history of the Asuka period and the region there. After that, at the top of Amakashi Hill, they had lunch. On that day they had nice weather, so they were satisfied with good food and wonderful view.
In the afternoon, the students enjoyed hiking through the old town of Asuka. First, in Asuka Temple, sitting in front of Asuka Daibutsu, they listened to the Asuka's history. They also had the precious experience ringing a big bell. Next, they visited Nara Prefectural Complex of Man'yo Culture and figured out the life in ancient times. Finally, at Ishibutai Tomb, they got their photograph taken.
They reached Kyoto University at 6 pm. All of them departed with smiles on their faces, and they ended their trip.
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May 24,2007
President Oike visited "iAT" at KI-ZU-NA

Every week iAT (=International Afternoon Tea) is being held at the Student Lounge "KI-ZU-NA" in the International Center and a lot of foreign and home students and researchers participate it to chat with tea and coffee. This time, President Kazuo Oike visited the "iAT" and enjoyed conversation with the students. When one student talked about Origami, President Kazuo Oike showed him the Origami technique by himself. Students from different countries were much amazed and also were excited to talk with President directly.
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May 23,2007
Career Guidance and Job Fair 2007 for International Students

The Career Guidance and Job Fair 2007 for International Students, an event jointly held by the Kyoto Regional Society for International Students (an organization chaired by Kyoto University President, Kazuo Oike), the Shiga Regional Society for International Students and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), was held at the Miyakomesse (Kyoto Industrial Exhibition Hall). The event attracted 261 students from 22 universities across Kyoto and Shiga prefectures. The students attended lectures by specialists on topics such as job-seeking methods and acquiring residential status as an employee.

A presentation by a former student who had successfully gained employment in a Japanese company this April was followed by an enthusiastic question-and-answer session. The event also featured booths established by 17 different companies seeking to employ international graduates. The booths were well attended by students who were eager to impress, as they listened attentively to the explanations given by the company's human resources staff.
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May 18,2007
Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA "Origami Class"

The event of May at KI-ZU-NA was "Origami Class". First, participants made samurai helmets and carp streamers for Children's Day on May 5. After that, many of them tried to make difficult pieces, such as frogs and flowers. They concentrated on making them so much, so that they even seemed to have forgotten their time. It was a valuable experience for them eating foods and folding things with origami in an enjoyable mood.
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Apr 7,2007
Student Lounge KI-ZU-NA " Hanami 'Potluck' Picnic"

In April, we had "KI-ZU-NA" annual cherry blossom viewing Hanami 'Potluck' Picnic. In spite of the gloomy weather, many participants came. Under the beautiful cherry blossom trees along the Kamogawa riverside, participants enjoyed eating delicious international food brought by them and had a great time expanding the circle of friends. For the participants, especially for the new arrivals who are to start their Kyoto University lives, it was the best place to meet new friends.
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