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Sharing the Achievements of the CAMPUS Asia Program’s Inaugural Class of 2012

  On 31 July 2013, the Kobe University CAMPUS Asia Program held a meeting to share its achievements in the main conference room of its Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies. The meeting was attended by seven students from Fudan University and Korea University who participated in the inaugural class of the 2012 CAMPUS Asia Program at Kobe University, and seven commentators who will attend Fudan University and Korea University this August as the Class of 2013.

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  Professor Hiroyuki Tosa, Dean of the GSICS, opened the meeting, remarking that “Experiences gained from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami highlight the need for risk and crisis management for avoiding even greater catastrophes. We hope the research conducted by participants in the CAMPUS Asia Program, which is designed to produce risk management experts, helps contribute to methods for handling and understanding unforeseeable and complex risk situations.”
  Each student then presented the results of their research done in Japan, and double degree students presented their master’s degree theses. Fudan University double degree student Ms. Jiaoli Lu presented her research topic, “An Analysis of Grade Repetition in Ugandan Primary Schools,” which led to a dialogue on education effectiveness with Ms. Marie Kunimatsu, a fellow member of the Keiichi Ogawa research seminar, who will attend Fudan University as a double degree candidate in Fall 2013. This was followed by a presentation on “The Role of Local Women in Recovery Process after the Great East Japan Earthquake: The Case of Otsuchi-cho” by double degree student Ms. Hyunkyung Lee of Korea University based on her volunteer experience in the Tohoku disaster region. When asked “What did you learn in Japan?” by Professor Ronny Alexander, Ms. Lee responded, “I learned the importance of reaching out to support disaster victims, the importance of the role of local society, and the importance of developing human resources,” and further emphasized the significance of her research experience at Kobe University.
  Next, double degree student Ms. Zhiyi Ji from Fudan University presented her research titled, “International Urban Research and Rescue Assistance in Disaster Crisis Management: A Case Study on the Great East Japan Earthquake” which analyzed the reactions to emergency response teams from China and Korea in the disaster region by using information acquired through the opportunity to do research in the disaster region. Ms. Ji’s academic advisor, Professor Kimura, pointed out the significance of her originality in academic research, which was used to deepen understanding of how not just Japan but also other countries respond to disaster scenarios. Following this, another double degree student from Fudan University, Ms. Lijing Wang, presented her findings from an economic analysis of environmental issues titled, “An Economic Analysis of Non-Cooperative International Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading: From Division and Specialization Perspective.” Professor Ohta, Ms. Wang’s academic advisor, commended her, saying, “I was worried whether Ms. Wang, who had no background in economics, could truly graduate within the year, but she worked very hard, and completed a solid graduate paper using an economic analysis model.”
  Following the presentations of the four double degree students, Korea University exchange students Mr. Seunghyun Shin, Mr. Jungwoo Oh, and Mr. Jihoon Lee described how their time as exchange students in Japan extended beyond the classroom, giving examples of how they actively enjoyed various social activities in addition to their courses taken at GSICS and their research conducted for their graduate thesis work at Korea University. They closed with their advice to other students about to embark on an exchange program: “Enjoy the culture of their host country and learn the language.”

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  Finally, on behalf of the Kobe University’s CAMPUS Asia Program, Professor Kimura concluded the meeting with words of encouragement praising the hard work and tremendous effort of the CAMPUS Asia Program’s inaugural class, urging the students not merely to focus on successes, but also “to inform future students of what challenges you faced as an exchange student and how you overcame them.”