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President of Nagasaki University
Shigeru Katamine

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the “Japan-China-Korea Intercollegiate Cooperative Project to Foster Leading Water Environment Engineers" under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The project has been running smoothly as evidenced by the increasing number of participating universities of China and Korea from ten to eleven. The first participating students successfully completed the program this spring and each of them is starting to pursue his or her career mainly in the water related companies in Japan. They will no doubt be able to play leadership roles in the conservation of the water environment and the building of stable supply systems. The project also aims to transfer Japanese water environment technology to other Asian countries and also to ease the burden on Earth’s environment caused by Asia’s economic growth. This will eventually contribute to the sustainable growth of the region.
In the 21st century, human beings will face a variety of inevitable difficulties and hardships. All the problems have to be globally dealt with such as wars, poverty, shortages of energy and food and the spread of infection. The problem of the water environment can be included in this list. Especially in the Asia region with its booming population and economies, concern is being expressed globally about growing water environmental problems as well as a shortage of water resources. The deterioration of the marine environment in the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea surrounded by East Asian nations is typical of this along with the shortage of water resources as its result. These problems can only be overcome by sharing information about regional issues and cooperating beyond the national interests of Japan, China and Korea. The promotion of joint research and human resource development in the three nations will lead to substantive cooperation beyond boarders based on mutual trust. This project serves as an important test for achieving such cooperation. In that sense, we sincerely hope for the success of the project.

Conservation of the water environment is considered extremely important in many countries in the world, especially in Asia and Africa. Deterioration of water poses mortality risks to many children. In 2010, the Graduate School of Engineering at Nagasaki University started providing practical education about its prominent technologies regarding the water environment to students from overseas. This was aimed at preserving safe water environments, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The project is called the "Japan-China-Korea Intercollegiate Cooperative Project to Foster Leading Water Environment Engineers", which was selected out of 47 applications from other Japanese universities. We accept eligible students from eleven Chinese and Korean universities and train them as highly-skilled professionals with practical knowledge of water environment conservation and sustainable use of water resources in Asia. In an effort to encourage those practical and highly-skilled professionals, the International Consortium for Educational Cooperation has been established with Chinese and Korean universities while the General Incorporated Association "Society of International Promotion for Water Environmental Engineering-SIPWEE-" has been formed with relevant companies and organizations.
With their support and assistance, we are determined to nurture as many qualified experts as possible in hope that international cooperation will expand in the field of water environment conservation and sustainable use of water resources.

Dean of Nagasaki University
Graduate School of Engineering
Takakazu Ishimatsu


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