Online exchange program "Transformation of Food, Life, Environment in East Asia and Advanced Research" (9 January – 13 February 2021)

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From 9 January to 13 February, the Graduate School of Agriculture held an online exchange program for 118 students from its ten partner universities in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. The program, "Transformation of Food, Life, Environment in East Asia and Advanced Research", was organized as a KyotoU Wild & Wise Collaborative Learning Program, and featured 12 lectures/virtual site visits introducing Japan's culture, agriculture, forestry, and fishery, and showcasing examples of advanced research achievements and their implementation. Lecturers other than from the Graduate School of Agriculture included Associate Professor Shikiko Yukawa from the Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences' Education Center for Japanese Language and Culture, and Professor Yosuke Yamashiki from the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS or Shishu-Kan).

Participants also took part in four cultural exchange events and a free dialogue with Kyoto University's faculty and students.

The final day consisted of a workshop and a closing ceremony. The former was centered on eight student presentations, delivered by 47 of the 118 program participants, all discussing "Our Sustainable Future". The attending faculty from KyotoU and partner universities alike expressed surprise at the quality of these presentations, which the students had prepared through three weeks of group work.

The ten universities involved in the program were IPB University, the Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University, Tanjungpura University, Mulawarman University, Kasetsart University, Mahidol University, the Royal University of Agriculture, National Taiwan University, and National Chung Hsing University.

After the opening lecture (1)   
After the opening lecture (2)
A virtual site visit to Nakagawa Village, a "forestry community dating to the 14th century"
A virtual site-visit video about a "cellulose nano-fiber vehicle", which is on display at the KyotoU Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH)
KyotoU students and faculty visiting a private rice farm in Shiga Prefecture 31 October 2020 to film a video for the exchange program
A virtual site visit to a 30-ha farmland by Lake Biwa

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