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A state-of-the-art program to train "overseas students" as highly skilled water environment technology professionals


Rapid economic growth in East Asian countries has brought about increasing environmental degradation of Earth's hydrosphere and watersheds. Contributing factors are global warming and rapid population growth. For these East Asian countries, revitalizing water resources and securing stable supply systems are essential to maintaining the health of their citizens and the progressive development of their societies. Sustainable use and conservation of the water environment are core issues that need to be addressed.
Nagasaki University has established this new program in the Graduate School of Engineering so that students may acquire technologies the university excels at, such as analyzing and predicting changes in the water environment, purification and treatment of wastewater, and desalination of ocean water. Conservation and sustainable use of the water environment form the foundation by which to resolve these issues and a special program will be established in the master's course curriculum to endow professionals with the practical knowledge needed to tackle these issues in East Asia.
Mainly students from Chinese and South Korean universities with which Nagasaki University historically has had strong intercollegiate ties, will be eligible for these special courses. The courses will provide high-level practical training that will consist of guidance with an emphasis on problem-solving skills and a long-term internship program in partnership with domestic companies. The program also wants to be a leading training center of highly skilled professionals in the field by actively helping students who complete the course to find employment in Japan. This will provide them with the opportunity to gain practical experience in using water environment technology in East Asia. Taking into consideration past intercollegiate exchange with China and South Korea, 10 universities with a high interest in the fostering of professionals in water environment technology will form this consortium. The program will accept talented students recommended by their universities and encourage teachers to participate in academic exchange.
This project falls in line with the government's new growth strategy, i.e. "promoting Japanese style problem-solving skills to respond to demands that have been created in Asia". Diffusing highly-regarded Japanese water environment technology into the East Asian region through the previously mentioned fostering of professionals, the project will ease the burden on Earth's environment caused by the rapid economic growth of China, South Korea and other East Asian countries and contribute to sustainable growth in the region.


The Nagasaki University Graduate School of Engineering has achieved academic excellence in education and research in water environment technology. It has been engaged in academic exchanges with 18 universities in East Asia including South Korea and China. In particular, with Fuzhou University and Tongji University in China, academic exchanges have been actively promoted through jointly sponsored seminars around the themes of "Organization, Maintenance, and Management of Social Infrastructures and Environmental Conservation". In addition, offices have been established in Jeju National University in South Korea and Shanghai Ocean University in China to promote exchanges of researchers and graduate students.
For the Project for Assisting “CAMPUS Asia” Core Universities, a special master’s course program in water environment technology has been established at the Nagasaki University Graduate School of Engineering. Based on the intercollegiate academic cooperation stated before, we have formed the "consortium for fostering highly skilled engineers who can contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of the water environment” with 10 universities that include Tongji University and Shandong University in China, and Jeju National University and Chonnam National University in South Korea. At least 10 students with basic knowledge of water environment technology , recommended by and selected from these universities, will be admitted to this special course every year. In addition, this consortium will work to strengthen cooperation and management of programs, such as faculty exchange, between participating universities.
The curriculum for these special courses will consist of two branches: the "Water Environment Conservation Program", in which students are expected to acquire skills in assessment, monitoring, and restoration of the water environment; and the "Water Disposal and Use Program", in which students are expected to acquire skills in wastewater treatment and water purification mainly utilizing polymer materials, desalination of seawater using membrane technologies, and microanalysis of mercury and arsenic. In both branches, in addition to the existing (elective) courses, requisite courses on basic water environment technology in English have been established for the convenience of international students.
Additionally, in order to have students equipped with practical abilities, we will invite groups of lecturers from other universities and the industry with both technological knowledge and practical experience to teach problem-based learning (PBL), and we will ensure that the industry will accept long-term internships (three months or longer) of 10 foreign students each year. Students will also attend lectures and workshops in conjunction with the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Economics. This will help students to expand their academic knowledge into other related areas, such as socioeconomic or other aspects that will affect the application and diffusion of the skills they will have acquired, and provide them with the opportunity to work side by side with Japanese students.
One full-time coordinator for each project and a panel of outside experts will be assigned to assess and ensure the program's smooth running and to implement any needed improvements swiftly. The first exams to admit students into the program will be scheduled in November 2010. From the second year on, at least 10 full-time students will be admitted annually, and over the five year period, more than 40 students will be received and trained to become highly skilled professionals.

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