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Compulsory Elective Course: “Field Exercise”
In partnership with collaborating partners in Asian nations, students are dispatched to Asian field sites to tackle real-world problems on-site. We also offer internship programs in cooperation with our collaborators within Japan...

2010 Field Exercise Units Announced

Outlines of APIEL Field Exercise Units have been announced as below. Please be noted that the details of each unit may be changed without prior notifications, and that the application to each unit has already been closed.

UNIT1 - Oasis Unit

◎KEYWORDS: Heihe River, arid region, watershed management, irrigated agricultural development
◎WHEN: August 2010
◎WHERE: Middle and lower reaches of the Heihe River basin (Zhangye City, Gansu Province and Ejina Qi, Inner Mongolia)
◎COLLABORATOR: Laboratory of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Science, Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI) of Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
◎DESCRIPTION: In the river basins located in the northern China, including Heihe, intensive agricultural practices in the middle reaches have resulted in the environmental degradation in the lower reaches. In recent years, a variety of environmental conservation activities have been carried out in the region. The Heihe River basin, therefore, provides a good ground for the students to consider how to achieve sustainable development economically as well as ecologically from the perspective of watershed management. The field exercise will include in-house lectures by Chinese researchers and visits to the middle and lower reaches of the river basin. Students are expected to participate actively in group work, determine what topics to research, carry out the research and make policy recommendations to address the problems.

UNIT 2 - Hue Unit

◎KEYWORDS: Flood, Huong River, Health Risk, Human Behaviour, Drainage
◎WHEN: August 2010
◎WHERE: Hue, Vietnam
◎COLLABORATOR: Hue University
◎DESCRIPTION: Hue city is situated in the middle of Vietnam, and famous for world heritage at the time of Nguyen dynasty. Hue city is situated along the Huong river, with a lot of historical monuments, and suffers from flood frequently. Serious flood occurred in 1999, as well as 2009, it was pointed out possible contribution of climate change to this frequency. Rain fall pattern will be changed as a result of climate change, which may lead to different health risk patterns. In this unit, we are going to focus on health risks by flood, in the context of climate change. We especially focus on human behavior at the time of flood, and health risks caused by such behavior. We may also going to refer past experiences and measures against flood, which could be found in history or historical monuments in Hue city. Students are expected to participate actively in group work, carry out the research.

UNIT 3 - Environmental Leadership Development in Greater PRD of China"   

◎KEYWORDS: Environmental Leadership, Sustainable Development, Regional Environmental Development, Circular Eco-Industry, Environmental Management
◎WHEN: February 2010
◎WHERE: Hong Kong, Guangzhou China
◎COLLABORATIOR: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China)
◎DESCRIPTION: The Pearl River Delta (PRD) in southern China is one of the leading economies and a major manufacturing center of the country. The Chinese government hopes that the manufacturing in Guangdong, combined with the booming economy and western influences in Hong Kong, will create an economic gateway attracting foreign capitals through to mainland China. However, the PRD is notoriously polluted, with sewage and industrial waste treatment facilities failing to keep pace with the growth in population and industry in the area. This raised concerns among local environmental managers and researchers over the impacts of cross-border pollution problems since the early 1990s.With this in mind, APIEL will conduct a field exercise unit in collaboration with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) to study Environmental sustainability and Management in HK toward trans-boundary and international cooperation. After intensive workshop session in HK, students will visit PRD Region, namely the Guangdong Development District, wastewater treatment plant and mangrove forest in Guangzhou, etc. Understanding of trans-boundary and interdisciplinary issues at PRD is expected through this field exercise.

UNIT 4 - Restoring sustainable landscapes in the fringe of Tokyo; Case studies in Kashiwa, Nerima, Kokubunji and Hachioji

◎KEYWORDS: Urban Plannning, Landscape design, fringe area
◎WHEN: September or October 2010
◎WHERE: Kashiwa, Nerima, Kokubunji and Hachioji, Japan (tentative)
◎COLLABORATORS: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
◎DESCRIPTION:

UNIT 5 - Young Environmental Leaders Summit (Coca-Cola WS)

◎KEYWORDS: Environmental Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility, International networking
◎WHEN: August 2010
◎WHERE: Kuriyamacho, Hokkaido, Japan
◎COLLABORATORS: Environmental Leader Program (StraSS) of Hokkaido University, Chinese Academiy of Science (CAS), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Kasetsart University (KU), Chulalongkorn University (Chula), Mar Fah Luang University (MFL)
◎DESCRIPTION: APIEL invites young leaders to the Environmental Leaders Summit, sponsored by Japan Coca-Cola, at Coca-Cola Kankyo House, in Hokkaido, Japan from August 20 to 23, 2010. The main topic of the meeting is "Green Business and Environment", particularly focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Two days intensive workshop and one day field trip will be conducted during the program. Students from Hokkaido University as well as APIEL's collaborating universities, such as CAS, HKUST, SYSU, AIT, KU, Chula and MFL will join us to share wide diversity of ideas.

Internship (Winter semester, 2009-10)

Tow internship program is going to be offered to APIEL's Environmental Leader Candidates in Winter semester, 2009-10..

Internship at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (application closed)

. Application to this internship program is now open. Click here for more details and how to apply. The application will be closed on Friday, 16 October.

Internship at Asian Development Bank Institute (application closed)

Application to this internship program is now open. Click here for more details and how to apply. The application will be closed on Thursday, 20 August.

Field Exercise Units Announced

Outlines of APIEL Field Exercise Units have been announced as below. Please be noted that the details of each unit may be changed without prior notifications, and that the application to each unit has been closed for 2009-10 summer semester.

UNIT1 - IPoS

◎KEYWORDS: food, water, energy
◎WHEN: August 2009
◎WHERE: Rayong, Thailand
◎COLLABORATOR: Asian Institute of Technology
◎DESCRIPTION: IPoS is a short-term educational course on Asian and global sustainability which has been co-organised by the University of Tokyo and AIT since 2004. From this year, a few of APIEL’s EL candidate students will be selected and participate this program as a part of APIEL education program. Please visit here to find more on this unit.

UNIT 2 - Field Exercise in ZhangYe

◎KEYWORDS: Heihe River, cold and arid region, integrated watershed management, irrigation system, wetland, agriculture
◎WHEN: August 2009
◎WHERE: ZhangYe City, Gansu Province, China
◎COLLABORATOR: China’s Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI)
◎DESCRIPTION:
Water is a critical component in establishing sustainable society. ZgangYe, located in the middle reach of Heihe River, provides a ground for students to think about how sustainable development could be achieved under severe constraint of water resources. Field exercise will include in-house lectures by Chinese researchers and visits to river, irrigation channels and wetland. Students are expected to conduct field survey for the issues they are interested in.

UNIT 3 - Sustainable urban fringe landscapes in Bangkok, Thailand

◎KEYWORDS: urban development, planning, conservation, river Chao Phraya, eco-tourism
◎WHEN: September 2009
◎WHERE: Bangkok, Thailand
◎COLLABORATIOR: Chulalongkorn University
◎DESCRIPTION:
This joint studio aims to identify conflicting issues regarding urban development and agriculture in the fringe of Bangkok, Thailand, analyze the issues, and propose a future scenario which may provide a solution to the issues and thus realize sustainable urban fringe landscapes where urban and rural landscapes are integrated under a holistic perspective. Students are asked to be grouped together in threes or fours according to their interest in the issue

UNIT 4 - Sustainable solid waste management in Asian developing countries

◎KEYWORDS: Solid waste management, Bangkok, suburban area, water environment, Asian developing countries
◎WHEN: October 2009
◎WHERE: Nonthaburi, Thailand
◎COLLABORATORS: Asian Institute of Technology, Kasetsart University
◎DESCRIPTION:
Solid waste management is a growing concern in Asian developing countries with its population explosion causing social and sanitary problems. In Nonthaburi, we will work on solid-waste-related issues such as improvement of solid waste services, problem of leachate which is polluting water environment, health and safety. Lectures on equivalent cases in other Asian countries will also be given. At the end of the field exercise, students are expected to deliver presentations on their achievement in a special workshop in SEAWE Symposium.

UNIT 5 - Incubation of Leaders on Environmental Sustainability and Management in Asia 1

◎KEYWORDS: Environmental sustainability and Management in China
◎WHEN: February 2010
◎WHERE: Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou (China)
◎COLLABORATORS: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, Zhongsan University
◎DESCRIPTION:
This unit will be focused on the transboundary issue such as pearl delta river.
Tentatively proposed contents are as below:
1) Lectures - Faculties from HKUST and UT
2) Presentation – Students from HKUST and UT
3) Group discussion
4) Field visit – Landfill / Wastewater Treatment Plant/ etc
5) More field visit in SZ (HKUST students can attend) wetland/water/wastewater treatment plant/etc and project relate to pearl delta river
6) Transboundary issue between China and HK can be discussed

UNIT 6 - Transboundary Issues in Chiang Rai, Thailand

◎KEYWORDS: transboundary issues, haze, forest/water management, minorities, resettlement, rural development
◎WHEN: February to March 2010
◎WHERE: Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand
◎COLLABORATOR: Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Mae Fah Luang University
◎DESCRIPTION:
Having border with Lao PDR and Myanmar, Northern Thailand is a catalogue of transboundary environmental issues. There are various concerns of such kinds, including forest fire and haze, community-based watershed management and sustainable rural development along Mekong River water basin, tourism development of the so-called "Golden Triangle" area, impact of expanding Chinese economic bloc, governmental policies aiming at the resettlement and assimilation of hill tribe minorities and their effects on the traditional life-style/-environment of theirs. This unit aims to transcend borders not only geographical ones but also boundaries between academic and practice.