Participation in the “Fifth SUIJI Seminar in Kagawa”
The Fifth SUIJI Seminar in Kagawa, held from Saturday, September 12 through Monday, September 14 at Kagawa University was attended by President Wakiguchi, Director Sakurai (General Administration and International Exchanges), Vice-President Kikuchi (International Collaboration), Dean Ishikawa, Faculty of Agriculture and 16 faculty members, including Manager Oya of the SUIJI Promotion Office and five students from Kochi University.
The seminar, now in its fifth year, took place at Kagawa University, this year’s host university, and was attended by the representatives (including faculty members and students) from three universities in Indonesia (Gadjah Mada University, Bogor Agricultural University, and Hasanudin University) and three universities in Shikoku (Ehime University, Kagawa University, and Kochi University), Governor Hamada of Kagawa Prefecture and Mr. Matsumoto, director of the Office for International Planning, Higher Education Policy Planning Division, Higher Education Bureau, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology under the theme of “Future direction of the international collaborative education among six universities.”
At the General Meeting of the SUIJI seminar on September 13, presidents and vice-presidents from six universities gave an explanation of the efforts at each university with regard to “International collaborative education and research and efforts for the future” and made proposals on the future models for the SUIJI and collaborative education.
During the presentation session by the students from the six universities, following the presentation by SUIJI-JDP-Ms (graduate students in the SUIJI Joint Degree Program) on their research, students presented their experiences and activities related to the service learning.
After the Operating Council by the representatives of the SUIJI member universities, the presidents and vice-presidents of six universities made comments about the future direction of the SUIJI Consortium based on the activity examples of the students participating in the service learning programs in Japan and overseas.
At the end, the signing ceremony of the SUIJI Consortium Agreement (updated) was held by the presidents of the six universities based on the discussions of this seminar.
Meanwhile, on September 12, the SUIJI Promotion Office Meeting was held by the six member universities, and the excursion took place on September 14. In the next year, Gadjah Mada University will host the seminar in Indonesia as director of the consortium.
*SUIJI (Six University Initiative Japan Indonesia) is a consortium of six universities, including three universities in Indonesia (Gadjah Mada University, Bogor Agricultural University, and Hasanudin University) and three universities in Shikoku (Ehime University, Kagawa University, and Kochi University) established in 2011 with the aim of promoting educational research on agricultural development in the tropical area through collaboration between universities in Indonesia and Japan.