Three universities selected for MEXT’s ‘Program for Leading Graduate Schools’－Kyushu University, Hiroshima University and Doshisha University－will carry out joint fieldwork in Kyushu under the theme of ‘geothermal power’, which has been receiving increased attention as a clean and sustainable energy. Geothermal power has many environmental advantages, and should be a power generation method suitable for Japan, a country with many volcanoes. So, why has geothermal power generation not become widespread in Japan?
This fieldwork explores the possibilities of geothermal power by capitalizing on the characteristics of the programs of the three universities－‘Realization of Asia where ecology and economic growth coexist (Kyushu University)’, ‘Creating a flexible, enduring and peaceful society (Hiroshima University)’, and ‘Sustainable development through the integration of the humanities and sciences, and multi-cultural society (Doshisha University)’.
As all three programs aim at developing graduates to be future leaders on the global scene, the fieldwork will not only increase academic knowledge but also offer extensive experiences such as a tour of a geothermal power generation facility intended as a development aid for developing countries, and lectures by guest speakers from industry and government.
MEXT’s ‘Program for Leading Graduate Schools’ is a project to support drastic reforms of graduate school education through the creation and implementation of world-class, quality-assured degree programs in order to develop global leaders equipped with a broad perspective and creativity who can take active roles in the fields of industry, academia and government.
|Date||September 8 (Mon.) to 11 (Thu.), 2014|
|Venues||Please see the flier (in Japanese, PDF).|
|Organizers||Kyushu University, Hiroshima University and Doshisha University|
|Cooperating Organizations|| West Japan Engineering Consultants, Inc.|
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Hatchobaru Geothermal Power Plant, Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.
Suginoi Hotel (private geothermal power plant facility)
Institute for Geothermal Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University