Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL),The University of Tokyo

Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology

Schedule

2012.4.3

Recruitment of students for APIEL (New applications)

APIEL is calling for applications from Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering and Graduate Program in Sustainability Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences. For application, please download the documents below and send the application form to APIEL office by 12:00 Apr. 9th. Please be noted that no late submission will be accepted.
Click here for application

Regarding assignment to overseas field exercise units, successful applicants will hear an announcement after late April.

2011.11.22

Website launched to support the reconstruction of March 11 tsunami-affected areas: "Saving the Taste of Tohoku"

APIEL/GPSS has initiated a reconstruction supporting project named “Sustainable town development rooted in human and natural resources” with the help of the Headquarters for Disaster countermeasures, the University of Tokyo. As a part of the project, we have conducted interview surveys to local businesses hit by the tsunami. Based on the survey results, we launched the website "Saving the Taste of Tohoku" to support the reconstruction of tsunami-affected areas. The website was established upon the request of Coastal Regional Development Bureau, Iwate Prefecture. It aims to send the information of businesses which work diligently on the restoration and reconstruction, as well as strengthen the supporting network including consumers of local products.

The website will be updated on a regular base to reflect our latest survey results. These activities were reported by the Mainichi Daily News. We also presented our project in the open lecture for citizens organized by Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo.

Saving the Taste of Tohoku http://oishiisanriku.com/index_e.html

2011.11.17

Call for Participants: Coca-Cola Young Environmental Leaders Summit

We are pleased to announce that APIEL's special winter program, "Coca-Cola Young Environmental Leaders Summit AY 2011" is now open for application. Please click here for the program details. The application dealine is Monday, November 28.

2011.10.12

OPEN SYMPOSIUM “Societal Collaboration through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Actions towards Global Sustainability

APIEL invites you to an open symposium to be held on Friday, Novenber 11, 2011, at Koshiba Hall, Hongo Campus, the University of Tokyo. Click here to see more...

2011.9.8

Internship Opportunity: Yokohama City

As an APIEL field exercise, internship is held at International Technical Cooperation Division, City of Yokohama.
The deadline of application is 13:00 Sep 15th.
Click here for more detals.

2011.05.17

Job Opportunity: Technical Assistant (application closed)

APIEL has a vacancy for a Technical Assistant (part-time). Click here to find more details. The application will be closed on Friday, June 10.

2011.05.06

Notice: APIEL guidance scheduled

APIEL is going to hold briefing sessions for students in Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) and Urban Engineering (UE) as below. We will explain course outline, how to apply, Field Exercise (inclu. Travel expense support), etc.

For GPSS students:
Date/Time: Friday, May 6th, 2011, 16:30-
Venue: Lecture Room 3, 3F Environmental Studies Building, Kashiwa Campus
For : ANY interested students in Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS)

For UE Students:
Date/Time: Friday, May 6th, 2011, 16:30-
Venue: 144 Lecture Room, 2F #14 Building, Dept of Urban Engineering
For : ANY interested students in Urban Engineering (UE)

CONTACT:
GPSS Students: apielsustainability.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp
UE Students: apielenv.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

2010.11.08

Internship Opportunity: Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd. (PC-iGER)

APIEL is now calling for application to the Internship at Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd. (PC-iGER) in Winter term, 2010. Click here for more details. The application will be closed on Monday, 15th November.

2010.11.04

APIEL Symposium on Environmental Education

APIEL welcomes you to an international symposium " Environmental Leadership Education: Pedagogy and Institutionalization " to be held on November 22 and 23 at the Koshiba Hall, the Univ of Tokyo. Please click here for more details.  

2010.05

Field Exercise Units announced!

Outlines of APIEL Field Exercise Units have been announced. 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 current semester. Details

2010.04.23

Application to APIEL & Review Results

APIEL called for Environmental Leader candidates (EL candidates) among graduate students in Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and in Urban Environmental Engineering Course (ENV) and Urban Planning course (PLAN), Department of Urban Engineering (UE), Graduate School of Engineering. 26 students were selected out of 32 applicants (15 from GPSS, 17 from UE) by English essay screening. Details

2010.04.06

Recruitment of students for APIEL (New applications for summer semester 2010) (APPLICATION CLOSED)
Recruitment of participants for field exercise units (APIEL's exisitng students from 2009) (APPLICATION CLOSED)

APIEL is APIEL is calling for applications from Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering and Graduate Program in Sustainability Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences.
APIEL’s existing students can also apply to field exercise units which will open in year 2010.

Deadline of application: 16:00 April 13th, 2010 → APPLICATION CLOSED

2009.10

Application to APIEL & Review Results

APIEL called for Environmental Leader candidates and 10 students were selected by English essay screening. Details

2009.10.13

APIEL Application forms- Finished

Application forms for APIEL and its Field Exercise Units is now available.
Please click HERE to download. Please fill in the form and send them to the email addresses specified on the application form. The deadline is 15:00, Friday, October 13. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
NB; We will recruit only those who wish to participate in the three Field Exercise Units (ChaingRai, HK-CHN, JICA Internship) taking place in the Winter '09 semester.

2009.10

Reports on the Field Exercises

Reports on the Field Exercises are updated! Click here for more details.

2009.10.07

Internship Opportunity: JICA Internship - Finished

APIEL is now calling for application to the Internship at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Winter term, 2009-10. Click here for more details. The application will be closed on Friday, 16 October.

2009.10.13

APIEL Guidance - Finished

APIEL is now calling for new candidate student. Those interested are welcome to the briefing sessions held as below.

For GPSS students:
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, 17:00-
Venue: Lecture Room, 3F Environmental Studies Building, Kashiwa Campus
For : ANY interested students in Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS)

For UE Students:
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, 15:00-
Venue: 144 Lecture Room, 2F #14 Building, Dept of Urban Engineering
For : ANY interested students in Urban Engineering (UE)

2009.06.09

A special lecture will be given on water resources issues in ZhangYe City located in the middle reach of Heihe River in China - Finished

- Lecturer: Dr. Ma Mingguo, China Arid and Cold Region Environemnt Engineering Research Institute
- Date: June 11th, 2009
- Time: 18:10-20:10
- Place: 6F Lecture Room, Building of Environmental Studies, Kashiwa Campus
*Following the talk by Dr. Ma, Assoc. Prof. Huang of Graduate School of Frontier Sciences will explain the field exercise in ZhangYe in detail.

2009.04

Application to APIEL & Review Results

APIEL called for Environmental Leader candidates (EL candidates) among graduate students in Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS), Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and in Urban Environmental Engineering Course (ENV) and Urban Planning course (PLAN), Department of Urban Engineering (UE), Graduate School of Engineering. 25 students were selected out of 40 applicants (15 from GPSS, 25 from UE) by English essay screening. Details

2009.05

Field Exercise Units Announced!

Outlines of APIEL Field Exercise Units have been announced. 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 current semester. Details

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2009.10

Reports on the Field Exercises

Reports on the Field Exercises are updated! Click here for more details.

2009.06.18

SCA Joint Project "Water" Workshop

APIEL co-organized a SCA Joint Project Workshop "Sustainable Water Resources Management in Asia" held in Singapore on 18 June, 2009.Click here for more details.

2009.03.08

"Transboundary Governance for Southeast Asian Environment" Workshop

International Workshop on "Transboundary Governance for Southeast Asian Environment" was held on March 8, 2009 at the Hong Campus of the University of Tokyo following the kick-off workshop that had taken place on the previous day. Authors and commentators from more than 10 countries (i.e., China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, USA, the Philippines, and Japan) attended the meeting and commented on draft chapters on a text book to be published for APIEL education. In the workshop, presentations on draft chapters on transboundary resource problems touched off theoretical debates such as, what "transboundary" should mean and how researchers should address those problems. Authors will revise their texts according to the comments provided during the workshop, and final drafts are planned to be completed by the end of June. In addition, part of the draft chapters will also be used as textbooks for the "transboundary unit" in the APIEL’s field exercise to come in February 2010. We take this opportunity to thank all the participants for their contributions to the workshop.
(SATO, Jin: Associate Professor)

2009.03.07

APIEL's Kick-off Workshop

The Kick-off Workshop of APIEL titled "Knowledge or Experience? ? Educational challenges for environmental leaders in Asia" was held on Saturday, March 7 at Yayoi Auditorium Annex, the Univ of Tokyo (UT). We attracted a total of 59 participants and intensively discussed core principles and key methodologies that can be used in APIEL.

The workshop started with a message read for Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama, then-President of UT and an introduction of APIEL by Prof. Mino. In the morning session, we discussed key competencies needed for environmental leaders based on our own experiences at UT. Prof. Hanaki and Dr. Onuki talked about their experiences, to which Prof. Philip Hirsh (Univ of Sydney), Dr. Amanda Graham (MIT), and Dr. Barry Ness (Lund Univ) commented. The afternoon session was devoted themes like pedagogy and principles for teaching. Two project assist. professors, Dr Ota and Dr Hoshiko, reported their proposals for new filed exercise courses, to which Dr. Sokhem Pech (Hatfield Consultants Partnership), Prof. Sitanon Jesdapipat (Mae Fah Luang Univ.), and Prof. Li Xin (Chinese Academy of Science) gave some additional reports and comments.

The topics ranged from definition and roles of environmental leaders to the importance of trans-disciplinary thinking, cross-cultural experiences and communication skills, respect for plurality, diversity and commonality, etc. An expression used by Dr. Graham, "rubber band mentality", comfortably hit the key characteristics of environmental leaders. Although we did not reach a single and simple conclusion, we agreed on the importance of fieldworks and exposure of students to realities, which should create moral leadership among the students and direct them to engage in environmental issues as leaders.
(MINO, Takashi: Professor)

2009.03

Setting up "trans-boundary" field exercise in Northern Thailand

Professor Yoshida and I visited Mae Fah Luang University’s "Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM Center)" in Chiang Rai, Thailand in March 2009. The purpose of this visit was to plan for future collaboration on research on trans-boundary environmental issues and setting up APIEL’s field exercise unit.
Having border with Laos and Myanmar, Northern Thailand is a catalogue of trans-boundary 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.
March in Thailand is the highest time for field-burning. When we visited one of the potential field exercise sites, we witnessed a real forest fire and sooty haze. We could also interview forest fire fighters on how they counter/prevent fires. We are going to further discuss the contents of field exercise so that we will be able to implement the exercise in Feb-March 2010.
(OTA,Miho; Project Assistant Professor)

2009.02.27

"Sustainable Water Resources Management in Asia" Symposium

The SCJ symposium "Sustainable Water Resources Management in Asia" was held on Friday, Feb 27 at the Auditorium, Science Council of Japan. We invited 14 researchers from 12 Asian countries, where we have a variety of environmental challenges, and attracted about 150 participants.
Presentations and discussions covered themes like "Challenges for Appropriate Water Management System in Asia", "Innovation for water treatment technologies", "Water and Governance for Sustainable Society", “Policies towards Integrated Water Resources Management". In "Water and Governance for Sustainable Society" session, then-president of UT and head of APEL project, Professor Komiyama talked about the sustainable society with a target year set at 2050.
Water resources management in Asia is facing a variety of issues such as economic development, rapid urbanization, climate changes, and we therefore are in need of human resources who can play a leading role in these fields. It was quite useful for us that we could have an overview on the water-related issues in Asia in terms of developing both of water-related researches and human resources. The necessity of long-term perspectives has been frequently spelled out, and we were lead to strongly re-affirm the importance of developing human resources.
(KATAYAMA, Hiroyuki: Associate Professor)

2008.12.31

Graduate Program in Sustainability Science signed a cooperation agreement with Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, China

On December 31, a signing ceremony for the cooperation agreement between Graduate Program in Sustainability Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, UT and China’s Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute was held in Lanzhou, with the presence of Professor Mino and Director, Professor Wang Tao. Professor Mino also visited Zhan Ye City in the middle reach of Heihe River. Zhan Ye is one of the showcase city which shows the complexity of relationship between “Sustainability” and “Development”. APIEL is going to conduct “Field Exercise” in this area in next academic year.

2008.12.8

IPoS 2008

”NISSAN Workshop in Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS) 2008” was held in Yokosuka, Japan, between December 8 and 15. IPoS is a short-term educational course on Asian and global sustainability to provide international students with an opportunity to obtain a deeper understanding of global sustainability and experiences of tackling sustainability issues in multicultural and international scenes. The University of Tokyo and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Thailand) have been co-organizing IPoS sessions every year since 2004 either in Japan or Thailand, and taken up topics such as “Food and Energy”, “Forestry, Regional Development and Global Sustainability” and “Cities and Sustainable Transport in 2050”, with support from Nissan Science Foundation. APIEL is planning to offer from next year on a new “Field Exercise” unit by adding some advanced level course works to the field excursion and on-site case study of existing IPoS. For more on IPoS: http://www.ipos.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp/

2008.10.30

APIEL project office in Dept of Urban Engineering held a workshop in Bandung, Indonesia.

APIEL project office in Department of Urban Engineering held a workshop on Thursday 30 and Friday 31, November, 2008 in Bandung, Indonesia, in conjunction with the 6th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment. The session stared with Professor Furumai’s calling for proactive commitments and collaboration by all the participants to the resonant network by those who deal with environmental issues in order to incubate Environmental Leaders. Each participant then gave a presentation on their university’s approach to environmental education. The session itself was quite short, of just over 2 hours, however, the participants eagerly exchanged their views and ideas on how best to set up joint educational courses such as practical courses open to partnership universities’ students, governmental organizations and NGOs.

2008.09.16

Dept of International Studies signed a cooperation agreement with Mae Fah Luan University, Thailand.

A signing ceremony was held on 16 September, 2008 at Mae Fah Luan University with the presence of Professor Masahiko Kunishima, Head of Department, Department of International Studies and Associate Professor Dr Sitanon Jesdapipat from the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Mae Fah Luan University was established in 1998 in Chiang Rai, a region where Thailand has a boarder with Myanmar and Laos, which is being appointed as one of the project partner universities for the "APIEL". A workshop on Environmental Priorities and Gaps between National and Trans-National Policies for Southeast Asia will be co-hosted in March 2009 in Tokyo as a part of APIEL activities.

About APIEL

The 21st Century will be the “Century of the Environment”

The Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL) was established in 2008 by the University of Tokyo as the first program that awards certificates to qualify participants as Environmental Leaders. The Program’s goal is to help develop leaders capable of making significant contributions to resolving global environmental problems in the 21st century.

APIEL's objective is to cultivate human resources who understand global aspects of environmental issues and have capabilities to solve environmental problems in Asia. APIEL focuses on Asia, because we believe that Asia, composed of many highly populated countries at differing stages of development, holds the key to building a sustainable human society within the inherent constraints of the Earth.

APIEL will build broad and resonant networks among universities, research institutions and program graduates throughout Asia. And APIEL will, by taking advantage of these networks, offer an educational program to incubate environmental leaders who will help build sustainable environments and societies.