Re-inventing Japan Project Type A: CAMPUS Asia Support for the Formation of a Core Center

A Cooperative Asian Education Gateway for a Sustainable Society: Expanding the Frontiers in Science and Technology of Chemistry and Material

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The creation of a sustainable society is becoming an increasingly grave issue for humankind, as it battles to resolve multiple, critical environmental, and energy problems. The fields of chemistry and materials and the scientific and technological innovation found therein today hold great potential to contribute to the resolution of these issues and help facilitate the realization of a sustainable society.

This program aims to form a core research and education hub in Asia dedicated to the resolution of the environmental and energy problems faced by humankind today. The trilateral hub will bring together universities with some of the highest standards in Asia as partners: Nagoya University and Tohoku University in Japan, Nanjing University and Shaghai Jiao Tong University in China, and Seoul National University and Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea. This trilateral structure is designed to allow each partner to exploit the high educational potential found within the chemistry departments of the other partners, forming a synergistic hub of outstanding research and education in chemistry in Asia.

All partner universities are deeply committed to comprehensive research and education in chemistry. The program will be structured to allow the smooth exchange of students among related research fields in partner universities in all three countries. Each country has particular strengths: Japan in the fields of organic chemistry, biochemistry, macromolecular chemistry, and theoretical chemistry; China in inorganic chemistry and catalyst chemistry; and Korea in nano-materials development. Exchange and partnerships will be structured to exploit these respective strengths, ensuring that partnerships are complementary and that the potential of the student exchange program is maximized to result in the formation of a world-leading research and education hub.

Specific Program Targets

Attractive Exchange Systems

Exchange-based Intensive Courses (Faculty dispatch)
Program of faculty exchange and dispatch ⇒ students can gain experience of and insight into the research and courses being conducted at partner universities in other countries without leaving their own countries.
TA & Tutor Systems (Cultural exchange, human network formation)
Allocate a tutor to each exchange student ⇒ students are provided with support to ensure a problem-free exchange experience and study environment, and encouraged to interact with other students
Intensive Seminars (collaborative research & education in exploratory topics)
Intensive seminars on specific topics held over periods of a few days at a time (on partner university campuses) ⇒ information exchange and discussion on state-of-the-art scientific and technological subjects, with around 20 students per seminar course
Asia Cyber Campus (e-learning, e-seminars, video conferences, information sharing)
Construction of an internet hotline among participating universities ⇒ students not able to take part in the overseas exchange program can experience the exchange program virtually
Public Symposia (twice a year, promoting exchange)
To include both general public symposia and public symposia on specific research themes. Held in locations other than partner universities, participation by students from non-partner universities to be encouraged.

Exchange Student Dispatch and Enrollment

Japan→China Japan→Korea China→Japan Korea→Japan
Subtotal 18 18 18 18
Total 36 36
FY2011 0 0 0 0
FY2012 3 3 3 3
FY2013 5 5 5 5
FY2014 5 5 5 5
FY2015 5 5 5 5

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