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

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Professor Takashi MINO

Professor Takashi MINO
Professor, Chief Coordinator of APIEL
at Graduate Program in Sustainability Science

Environmental problems are always region-specific, but their solutions must be pursued in global and holistic context. Environmental leaders who are expected to act against environmental problems should be responsible not only for technical solutions of the environmental problems but also for creating sustainable future systems and societies. APIEL is designed to provide structured knowledge, practical skills and experiences that may be needed for such challenges. It is a result from the collaboration between Graduate Program in Sustainability Science at Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and Department of Urban Engineering at Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. I personally believe that this collaboration will give a real strength to the curriculum of APIEL, because the former gives trans-disciplinary nature to APIEL and the latter provide APIEL with concrete basis of environmental technology and management. We will do our best to establish a strong benchmark program that offers unique learning opportunities to the students who are willing to take leading responsibilities in the environmental field. (MINO, Takashi)


Keisuke HANAKI

Keisuke HANAKI
Professor, Chief Coordinator of APIEL
at Department of Urban Engineering

APIEL is a graduate educational program open to both Japanese and foreign students, where the utilization and establishment of international network play a significant role. It is crucial for us to promote interdisciplinary collaboration as well as to understand the uniqueness of local conditions and to preserve the environment in a way to meet the local needs. In other words, field research in each area is essential for the community-based study fields such as sustainability studies or environmental studies. This is the reason why I believe the collaboration with educational/research institute in Asia is a key to success of APIEL. This program will bring our students out to the relevant sites and areas for practical exercises while we ourselves role out research and educational activities in each place. Inter-collegiate/inter-regional collaborative network plays a vital role to make this happen. I look forward to the active participation of the program alumni in the establishment of this network. At the same time, I also expect APIEL to activate the network amongst faculty/researchers through the joint works under this educational program. (HANAKI, Keisuke)