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Field Exercise Zhangye, China 2009 Internship 2009 The Greater Pearl River Delta 2009 Bangkok, Thailand 2009 Chiang Rai, Thailand 2009 Nonthaburi, Thailand 2009 IPoS2009

【2009.08】 Zhangye Unit - Implementation Report

APIEL conducted the field exercise “Zhangye Unit” between August 6 and 15, 2009. This unit aimed to examine the sustainability issue in an arid area facing severe constraint of water resources and to foster the environmental leadership of the students. This year, five students from the University of Tokyo joined the 9-day program together with four students from our Chinese counterpart, Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute (Lanzhou, Gansu, China). They visited places including wetland conservation area, irrigation districts, hydro-control facility of the Heihe River in Zhangye (Gansu, China) while they had on-site lectures by local government officers and professors. In order to develop the students' leadership, we minimized the involvement of faculty members in fieldwork implementation. Before the trip, we encouraged the students to lead study meetings and decide research topics by themselves. During the fieldwork, they had three days for their independent group works. They divided themselves into two groups, and the water quality group worked intensively on the measurement of water chemistry while the social group focused on interviewing local farmers. At the end of the program, they integrated and presented their survey results in front of officers from local water authority. Student Feedback shows that the field exercise greatly helped them learn how to conduct research independently and efficiently within limited time. On faculty side, necessity of the reinforcement of pre-trip preparation was pointed out. The balance between time length and workload remains an issue, too.
(G.W. Huang: Associate Professor / Tomohiro Akiyama: Project Researcher)

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【2009.08】 IPoS Unit - Implementation Report

IPoS2009 was held in Rayong, Thailand, during 1-12 August, with focus on the topics of food, energy and water. 23 students from 11 different universities and 14 different countries, under the support of 27 academic staffs from 5 countries, discussed sustainability in Asia with special focus on the three resources - food, energy and water through interactive training modules, field trips and discussions. At the final stage of the program, students grouped into 5 groups made presentation on 'sustainable resource management', and the most outstanding presentation was awarded. Though the process in which students with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary background work together to solve sustainability issues was very hard, the outcome obtained through active and exciting discussion was very great. Many participants said that they really enjoyed living and working together with other students with various academic and cultural background. And participants seem to have developed firm friendship through twelve days intensive program. A Nissan Workshop held later in December will follow up the August program in Thailand to develop further discussion on sustainability issues. Click here for more details.
(Makiko Sekiyama: Project Researcher, IR3S)

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