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The Suzhou China Symposium -- 40th Anniversary of the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and China


Three Kansai universities: Kobe University, Kyoto University, Osaka University
Five Chinese universities: Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Suzhou University, Tongji University, and Zhejiang University

On Thursday, September 6, in Suzhou, China, under the sponsorship of The Senshu Ikeda Bank, Ltd. of Senshu Ikeda Holdings, Inc., "The Suzhou China Symposium -- 40th Anniversary of the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and China" was held. Celebrating the normalization of relations were three universities from the Kansai area --Kobe University, Kyoto University, Osaka University-- and five universities in China --Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Soochow University, Tongji University, and Zhejiang University.
From Osaka University, President HIRANO and TOKAI Akihiro, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, attended the symposium.

Before the official beginning of the symposium itself, lectures were delivered under the theme of global environmental issues and green innovation. These lectures kicked off with opening greetings by President Toshio HIRANO. His greetings were followed by lectures on environmental issues by outstanding researchers from each of the universities. From Osaka University, Professor TOKAI of the Graduate School of Engineering delivered a lecture on "Technological Strategies for Risk Evaluation focusing on Future Development." Some 130 business people from Japan and China and university-related people in China attended these lectures.

In the symposium itself, eight university presidents delivered lectures under the theme of "International Strategies for Developing Personnel with International-mindedness." To the audience of about 260 people, President Hirano expressed his determination, saying that Osaka University wanted to nurture leaders who would possess the ability to see the true essence of things and who would be active on the international stage in a variety of fields. Additionally, he introduced the Cross-Boundary Innovation Program as part of OU's global personnel development initiative.

Following the symposium, a panel discussion was held with university presidents and HATTORI Moritaka, adviser, The Senshu Ikeda Bank, Ltd. and KITAYAMA Ryuichi, Executive Managing Director, Hitachi, Ltd. Panelists exchanged opinions about human resource requests from companies and how to best nurture the qualified people that companies and universities desire. They agreed that personnel with international-mindedness was needed for the world to achieve sustainable development.

You can download and view President Hirano's impressions on this event by clicking here.


President Hirano delivers his greeting


Panel discussion



Note: This symposium in China is part of a series involving the same 3 Kansai universities (Kyoto University, Kobe University, Osaka University). For instance, three months prior to the above, on June 11, 2012, in order to encourage Japan from Kansai, the Kansai Revitalization Symposium was held as an earthquake disaster reconstruction project.

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