Why Study 'Sustainability' in Japan, not Elsewhere? - Student Initiated Workshop on Tsunami Disaster Recover Resilience in the Context of Japan and Chile -
Date / Time
November 7 (Thu.) 14:00-17:00
Hydraulic and Environmental Engeneering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Campus San Joaquin Pontificia Universidad Católica
Contact / Registration
No registration required
From climate change to resource depletion, energy crisis, widespread poverty, financial insecurity, aging societies, rapid population growth and depopulation, biodiversity loss, and large-scale disasters—humanity in the twenty-first century faces an array of serious and perplexing issues. In response to the issues, various universities such as UTokyo, Arizona State University, MIT, and Chalmers University of Technology have launched degree courses related to sustainability. In a period where the choices are increasing, what is the significance of international students choosing to study sustainability in Japan, which has always been a "distant country" for students in South America?
Apart from introducing GPSS-GLI as a program for prospective applicants, the workshop would present a specific theme focus on short/long term recovery processes of Chile (in particular, Concepcion) and Japan from massive earthquake and tsunami disaster, as well as examine the processes through a resilience framework which is one of the key concepts of Sustainability Science. The aspects of tsunami disaster recovery resilience that the presentation and workshop will cover include 1) Infrastructure/ economic recovery 2) Acquisition of foreign aid, 3) dealing with medical casualities and 4) lessons on creating a resilient tsunami culture in communities and through the media. Group discussions would allow each facet of the workshop to be adequately discussed among the participants. The aim of the workshop would be to introduce the participants to problem solving through resilience and sustainabilitiy studies, thus foreshadowing part of the education that participants can be expected to undergo, should they enroll in GPSS-GLI. Another aim of the workshop would be to establish a more collaborative relationship between the University of Tokyo's GPSS-GLI and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile for future global sustainability. The workshop would also feature a presentation from the National Research Centre for Integrated Natural Disasters Management (CIGIDEN) in Santiago. This presentation would further add to the knowledge that participants can receive on tsunami resilience and also, demonstrate the working relationship between the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and the University of Tokyo on a joint issue (tsunami recovery) that both countries are facing. This Todai forum student workshop is initiated by graduate students at the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science—Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, UTokyo. GPSS-GLI is a new educational initiative led by UTokyo to nurture global leaders who can make a profound impact on Sustainability Science and Sustainable Development. Through holding this workshop, we strongly hope we can attract Chilean students for UTokyo as a place to study Sustainability Science.
Emcee: Marcin Jarzebski
|14:00-14:20||Opening address & Introduction to GPSS-GLI - Presenter: from UTokyo (TBD)|
|14:20-14:40||Tsunami research initiatives and advancements within CIGIDEN in cooperation with the JST-JICA SATREPS project - Presenter: Dr. Rodrigo Cienfuegos|
|14:40-15:00||Tsunami disaster recovery resilience in Chile and Japan - Presenters: Joanne, Marcin, Fatma, Gu|
Participants would identify key issues and be divided into four groups based on their interests. Each student from GPSS-GLI would be leading one group. The purpose of the group work would be to gain additional views on tsunami disaster resilience response in Japan and Chile, and come up with integrated solutions to tsunami resilience.
Instructor of the discussion session: Joanne, Marcin, Fatma, Gu
|16:15-16:55||Presentation of findings from each group|
|16:55-17:00||Closing remarks - Presenter: Marcin|
|Miguel Esteban||Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|Tomohiro Akiyama||Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|Joanne Khew||Graduate Student, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|Marcin Pawel Jarzebski||Graduate Student, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|Dyah Fatma||Graduate Student, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|Jianping Gu||Graduate Student, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|Dr. Rodrigo Cienfuegos||Sub-director, Center for Information and Management of Natural Disasters (CIGIDEN), Professor at UCatólica|
|Mr. Juan Carlos Dominguez V.||Research Engineer at Hydraulic & Environmental Department College of Engineering, UCatólica|