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Q-Webinar of Collaborative Studies on SDGs in Asia

Masahiro Okamoto, Special Adviser to the President,
School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation  (ISI)

Since there are many glocal social issues to be solved in Asia, it is hoped that they will make connections among various kinds of knowledge, and cultivate talent with methods and technologies for generating new knowledge and value through collaborative studies. School of ISI should hold the webinar of collaborative studies on SDGs in Asia, where students and faculties in partner universities join together through network, and tackle several hot social issues facing today in Asia. The tentative topics are, 1) environment and ecosystem conservation, 2) induced social problems in the post-COVID-19 era, 3) primary/secondary education, and others.

Team Member

Takeshi Onimaru, Vice-dean and Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation
Kunio Araya, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation
Hemanta Hazarika, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation
Ik Joon Kang, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation
Satoru Uchida, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation

Contact

[Contact] Masahiro Okamoto (Special Adviser to the President)
[Telephone] 092-802-6086
[E-mail] okahon★kyudai.jp
Please change the ★ in your email address to @.

Events

Q-Webinar of Collaborative Studies on SDGs in Asia NEW

Organized by
  School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation, Kyushu University, Japan
Contact to
  Prof. Masahiro Okamoto (Special Adviser to the President): okahon★kyudai.jp
  Please change the ★ in your email address to @.
Registration
  Registration period: August 24th(Mon),2020 – August 31st(Mon.)2020
  Registration site: https://kyoso.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/

[Overview and Purpose of the Project]
School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation (School of ISI) in Kyushu University should hold “Q-Webinar (Kyushu University Web-seminar) of Collaborative Studies on SDGs in Asia” during Asia Week 2020 in Kyushu University (Sep.1-11, 2020), in which students and faculties in partner universities of School of ISI and those in School of ISI and other friend universities join the network together through the wide distributed webinar software tool, Zoom Webinar (Zoom Video Communications, US), and tackle several urgent social issues facing today in Asia with collaborative studies.
The tentative topics in SDGs are as follows: (1) Quality sustainability of education in Asia, (2) Natural Disasters in Asia; Present Problems and Solutions, (3) Biodiversity Conservation in Asia, (4) Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Developing Countries: How to mitigate and control damages?, (5) Students’ life in Asian universities during this corona virus pandemic.

[Venue] : Online (Zoom Webinar)Overview and Purpose of the Project
[Organized by] : School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation, Kyushu University

Wednesday, September 2
13:30-16:30 (Japan Time)
Section 1: Quality sustainability of education in Asia
Thursday, September 3
13:30-16:30 (Japan Time)
Section 2: Natural Disasters in Asia; Present Problems and Solutions
Friday, September 4
15:30-18:30 (Japan Time)
Section 3: Biodiversity Conservation in Asia
Monday, September 7
13:30-16:30 (Japan Time)
Section 4: Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Developing Countries: How to mitigate and control damages?
Tuesday, September 8
13:30-16:30 (Japan Time)
Section 5: Students’ life in Asian universities during this corona virus pandemic

Section 1: Quality sustainability of education in Asia

Date & Time
Wednesday, September 2 13:30-16:30 (Japan Time)

Related SDGs
Goal 4 (Quality Education)

Facilitator
Prof. Satoru Uchida (Kyushu University)
Ms. Ayane Takeshita (Kyushu University)
Ms. Airi Yamamoto (Kyushu University)

Topic Provider
(1) Prof. Satoru Uchida (Kyushu University)
“Current issues in English education at Japanese high schools”
(2) Ms. Ayane Takeshita (Kyushu University)
“The meaning of having quality education in the changing society: A student perspective”
(3) Mr. Yuji Maeda (KJS Company LTD, Japan)
“Connecting Japan and developing countries in Asia through “English writing”: A win-win business model for sustainable quality education”

Limit:
40 participants

Abstract:
This section will deal with the topic of education in Asia especially in terms of SDGs Goal 4 “Quality Education.” After the three talks that cover issues in Asian education and an ongoing business model for English education, participants will work in groups to discuss and propose a possible business model that can contribute to the improvement of education in Asia including Japan. The session will conclude by having short English presentations from each group.

Section 2: Natural Disasters in Asia; Present Problems and Solutions

Date & Time
Thursday, September 3 13:30-16:30 (Japan Time)

Related SDGs
Goal 11 (Sustainable cities and communications), Goal 13 (Climate Action)

Facilitator
Prof. Hemanta Hazarika (Kyushu University)
Ms. Yuuka Tanaka (Kyushu University)
Ms. Moe Yonemura (Kyushu University)

Coordinator
Mr. Divyesh M. Rohit (Kyushu University)
Mr. Tsubasa Maeda (Kyushu University)

Topic Provider
(1) Prof. Chandan Mahanta (India Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India)
“Seeking sustainable solutions for flood, erosion and landslide disasters in Northeast India”
(2) Dr. Yoshifumi Kochi (K’s Lab Inc., President)
“Heavy rainfall induced disasters in recent years and simulation using real-scale experiment”
(3) Prof. Hemanta Hazarika (Kyushu University)
“Earthquake induced geo-disasters and sustainable countermeasures”

First 1-1.5 hours will be devoted to the lectures by topic providers.
The topic providers will then give some topics to students and students
will have discussions on those topics. Therefore, the rest of the time
students will have free discussion on the topics given to them.

Abstract:
In recent years concerns are growing regarding climate change induced natural disasters such as landslides and floods. On the other hand, the world has been frequently experiencing large scale earthquake induced hazards. Especially in many Asian countries, those natural hazards are causing many losses of lives and properties, resulting in great damage to their economies. In this session, the three topic providers will speak about those three natural disasters and the associated damage as well as sustainable solutions to mitigate those.

Section 3: Biodiversity Conservation in Asia

Date & Time
Friday, September 4 15:30-18:30 (Japan Time)

Related SDGs
Goal 14: Life below Water, Goal 15 (Life on Land)

Facilitator
Prof. Kunio Araya (Kyushu University)
Ms. Jones Monet (Kyushu University)
Ms. Hinako Shigenaga (Kyushu University)

Panelist
Prof. Toshiharu Mita (Kyushu University)
Prof. Tadatsugu Hosoya (Kyushu University)
Mr. Takehiko Shimizu (Kyushu University)
Mr. Ryu Matsumoto (Kyushu University)

Topic Provider
(1) Prof. Kunio Araya (Kyushu University)
“Introduction to biodiversity conservation”
(2) Dr. Pham, Hong Thai (Vietnam National Museum of Nature)
“Vietnamese insect biodiversity conservation”
(3) Dr. Chang Chiungwen (Taipei Zoological Foundation)
“Ex-situ conservation of endangered wildlife in Taipei Zoo”

First 1 hour can be devoted to the lectures by topic providers.
Topic providers will then give some topics to students and students
will have discussions on those topics. Therefore, the rest of the time
students will have free discussion on the topics given to them.

Abstract:
The recent rapid biodiversity loss in the world as well as Asia will lead to a breakdown
in the functions of the ecosystem and affect economic systems and human society.
Under this situation, this section will deal with biodiversity conservation in Asia as
our urgent issue. The first topic will introduce basic concepts of in-situ and
ex-situ conservation of biodiversity, and current activities of biodiversity conservation
in Japan. The second topic will report rich Vietnamese entomofauna, which related
to that in Japan, and its conservation. The third topic will refer to ex-situ conservation
of endangered wildlife in Taipei Zoo.

Section 4: Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Developing Countries: How to mitigate and control damages?

Date & Time
Monday, September 7 13:30-16:30 (Japan Time)

Related SDGs
Goal 1 (No poverty), Goal 3 (Good health and well-being), Goal 8 (Decent work and economic growth)

Facilitator
Prof. Takeshi Onimaru (Kyushu University)
Ms. Chen Airi    (Kyushu University)
Mr. Riku Adachi    (Kyushu University)
Ms. Yuki Koike         (Kyushu University)
Mr. Shunsaku Tsuda (Otaru University of Commerce)

Topic Provider
(1) Prof. Tomoya Matsumoto (Otaru University of Commerce)
“Immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income countries ”
(2) Prof. Tatsufumi Yamagata (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University)
“How to invent and diffuse COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries?”
(3) Prof. Masahiro Okamoto (Kyushu University)
“Can we predict the distribution of virus ?; From the views of system science“

First 1-1.5 hours will be devoted to the lectures by topic providers.
The topic providers will then give some topics to students and students
will have discussions on those topics. Therefore, the rest of the time
students will have free discussion on the topics given to them.

Abstract:
The current pandemic of COVID-19 has a severe impact on politics, economy, society,
and human life all over the world. Especially, underdeveloped and developing countries
are most affected by this pandemic because of the lack of efficient and enough medical,
financial, and human resources. In this section, we consider the socio-economic impacts
of COVID-19 on developing countries and discuss how we can mitigate and control
damages in these countries.

Section 5: Students’ life in Asian universities during this corona virus pandemic

Date & Time
Tuesday, September 8 13:30-16:30 (Japan Time)

keywords
university classes, studying abroad, club activity, etc.

Facilitator
Prof. Ik Joon Kang (Kyushu University)
Ms. Yuka Nakamura (Kyushu University)
Ms. Hanako Mori  (Kyushu University)
Ms. Moe Yonemura (Kyushu University)

Topic Provider
(1) Prof. Ik Joon Kang (Kyushu University) 13:30-13:45
“What do we need to think about student life during and after the pandemic?“
(2) Prof. Alexander Nanni (Mahidol University) 13:50-14:15
“Students’ Life in Thai Universities: COVID-19 and the “New Normal”
(3) Ms. Yuka Nakamura and Ms. Hanako Mori (Kyushu University) 14:20-14:35
“University lives with corona virus in Japan”
(4) Ms.HSIEH, CHYAU IN(謝蕎因)and Ms.LIN, CHIA-HSUAN(林佳璇) (National Chiangchi University) 14:40-14:55
“How corona virus changed our school lives?”
(5) Prof. Sabina Chiang Shu-Chun (University of Taipei) 15:00-15:20
Presentation title TBA
(6) Ms. Thuy Trang Pham (Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology) 15:25-15:40
“No panic in pandemic”
(7) Ms. Nur Fatin Inani Binti Aris and Ms. Lai Kam Yee (University of Malaya) 15:45-16:00
“Our university student life during pandemic”
(8) Discussion and proposals from participants 16:00-16:30
All presenters and participants
Facilitators:
Prof. Ik Joon Kang (Kyushu University)
Ms. Yuka Nakamura (Kyushu University)
Ms. Hanako Mori (Kyushu University)

Abstract:
This section will provide the current situation of university classes, club activities, and studying abroad of Asian universities’ students during the Coronavirus pandemic. We will invite professors and students from partner Asian universities as presenters. We can share and understand what students are feeling and how they should be supported in crisis situations. We will discuss how to deal with student life during the pandemic.

Registration

  Registration period: August 24th(Mon),2020 – August 31st(Mon.)2020
  Registration site: https://kyoso.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/

Contact

 [Contact Name] Masahiro Okamoto (Special Adviser to the President)
 [E-mail] okahon★kyudai.jp
 Please change the ★ in your email address to @.

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