Dec 9th [Thu] 10:00 - 12:00 Zoom Webinar

THERS JDP Symposium
Japanese only

Joint Degree Programs in New-Normal Era

Internationalization of Education and Research & Regional Revitalization

Chair: Dr. Makoto Sugiyama, THERS Trustee, Vice President of Gifu University (General Manager and International Affairs)


Opening Remarks (5 min.)

Dr. Seiichi Matsuo, Chancellor, Tokai National Higher Education and Research System (President of Nagoya University)


Keynote Speech (20 min.)

“Joint Degree Programs in New Normal Era”

Ms. Orie Kishimoto, Leader, International Strategy Team, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)


Messages from JDP Graduates


Lectures (60 min.)


“Joint vs. Double Degree Programs from Educational Points of View”

Professor Emiko Yanase, the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Gifu University


"Joint Degree Programs for Bachelor’s Degree"

Associate Professor Hiroaki Ataka, College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University


“Joint Degree Programs from Researchers’ Perspectives”

Professor Hideki Kasuya, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Vice Presidential Advisor (Associate Dean for International Affairs), Nagoya University


“Launching of Japan JD Program Council”

Professor Yoshihiko Uematsu, Executive Director of GU-GLOCAL


“Discussions – Ideal Human Resources Pursued by JD” (30 min.)

- Ms. Orie Kishimoto, Leader, International Strategy Team, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

- Mr. Ryusuke Kawai, General Manager International Affairs Division, Central Japan Economic Federation

- Associate Professor Hiroaki Ataka, Ritsumeikan University

- Professor Hideki Kasuya , Nagoya University

- Professor Yoshihiko Uematsu, Executive Director of GU-GLOCAL

- Professor Tetsuji Kume, the Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University

- Professor Emiko Yanase, Gifu University


Closing Remarks (5 min.)

Dr. Hisataka Moriwaki, Executive Trustee/Vice Chancellor, THERS (President of Gifu University)

Dec 9th [Thu] 13:30 - 16:30 (JST) Zoom Webinar

Academic session

Sustainable Development of Regions; SDGs and beyond

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati(IITG), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia(UKM) and Gifu University launched a series of International Joint Degree Programs in 2019, which covered a wide range of topics in science and technologies in Engineering and Applied Biology. All programs focus on contributing to regional development, which can be achieved by international collaboration among the three institutions keeping in mind various regional stakeholders, including industrial sectors.
Our scenario for regional development mainly focuses on the realization of sustainable systems through innovative ideas and technologies through institutionally supported inter- and intra-regional activities. In this webinar, we will exchange our ideas, which will eventually contribute to acceleration of our concept of regional development, including sharing of current designs for each region, and practices of green and smart technologies by regional industries.


Opening Remarks

Dr. Yoshihiko Uematsu (Executive Director of GU-GLOCAL)

Yoshihiko Uematsu

Creation of Society with Biomass Energy for Carbon Neutrality

Chair: Dr. Shiro Suzuki (Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences / Glocalization Promotion Division, GU-GLOCAL)

Shiro Suzuki

Roles of Carbon Neutrality:Key concept for development of sustainable society(15 min.)

Dr. Daisuke Shibata (Counselor of Plant Biotechnology, Japan Bioindustry Association. GU-GLOCAL Visiting Professor)

Daisuke Shibata

Nanotechnological Interventions in Edible Food Packaging (30 min.)

Dr. Vimal Katiyar (Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IITG)

Dr. Vimal Katiyar

In the current century, the increased solid waste generation and carbon footprints caused by fossil-based packaging system has received an attention in the fabrication of eco-friendly edible/non-edible packaging system. For example, the use of bionanostructures based on modified polysaccharide (iron functionalized cellulose nanofiber, and sodium tripolyphosphate crosslinked nanochitosan) and protein (silk nanodisc) to tailor the inherent properties of biopolymers to be used as edible coating materials on perishable fruit products (a type of primary packaging) for safe delivery. In addition, other bio-based materials are quickly adapted to other food products. In this lecture, I will introduce current technologies of edible packaging along with the visible scenario of commercialization of such products in India.


Industrial Usage of Bamboo Resources in Malaysia (30 min.)

Prof. Dr. Azizan Bin Ahmad (Professor, School of Chemical Science and Food Technology, UKM)

Azizan Bin Ahmad

Bamboo charcoal in Malaysia is made from Gigantochloa Albociliata bamboo spesies. The structural, adsorption properties and conductivity of bamboo charcoal depends on the carbonization and activation process. There are three categories of bamboo charcoal such as black, white and activated with different properties and applications. In this presentation, carbonization process of bamboo, physical and chemical properties of bamboo charcoal and recent applications of bamboo charcoal such as health product, fabric, body and skincare, food additives, water purification and natural deodorizer were discussed.


Q&A Session

Technology for Carbon Neutrality

Chair: Dr. Lee Wah Lim (Glocalization Promotion Division / Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University)

Lee Wah Lim

Hydrogen Production from Blue Ammonia (30 min.)

Dr. Yukio Hayakawa (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University)

Yukio Hayakawa

Hydrogen is a clean energy source that does not emit carbon dioxide and is a key factor in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Since the energy per volume of hydrogen is very small, it is necessary to liquefy hydrogen for transportation and storage. Since managing liquefied hydrogen requires a lot of energy, there is a need for an efficient hydrogen carrier. Ammonia is expected to be an attractive hydrogen carrier. We have developed a plasma membrane reactor (PMR) that can continuously produce pure hydrogen from ammonia by combining a pulsed plasma reactor with a hydrogen separation membrane. In the lecture, I focus on blue ammonia and introduce a device for producing high purity hydrogen from ammonia using the PMR.


Sustainable Carbon Negative Cycle by Biomass-Advanced Energy Combination (50 min.)

Dr. Satoshi Konishi (Professor, Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University)

Dr. Satoshi Konish

This lecture presents an innovative concept of the combination of advanced energy technology such as fusion and biomass conversion system that can convert burnable waste to replace fossil fuels. Further, produced bio-char provides net negative carbon isolated from the atmosphere and be safety stored for extended period. Such an energy application will support agriculture and forestry to recover green fields and sustainable economic activities particularly in developing countries.


Q&A Session


Closing Remarks

Dr. Hiroyuki Koyama (GU-GLOCAL Associate Director / Division Head, Glocalization Promotion Division)

Hiroyuki Koyama

Dec 10th [Fri]

Industry-Government-Academia-Banking Institution Collaboration Session
*Japanese / English(simultaneous interpretation services available)

Regional Revitalization Driven by International Joint Degree Programs

One of the major missions of this “Industry-Government-Academia-Banking Institution Collaboration Session” is to develop discussions on how to facilitate “regional revitalization which can strongly connect Tokai Area (Japan), northeast India and Malaysia.” Presenters will introduce a number of activities implemented through collaboration between industry, government, academia and banking institutions in order to “attain the goals of SDGs, an agenda shared by all mankind in the world and best utilize bamboo resources to go carbon-neutral.” Participants will gain some insights into a great potential of regional revitalization in partnership with India and Malaysia, and our endeavors to achieve SDGs goals and reach carbon neutrality. We are expecting that this session will become a first significant step to translate our efforts into specific, unique programs/project for regional revitalization and carbon neutrality.

Panel Discussion

Approaches by SDGs, Carbon Neutrality for Glocalization

13:00 - 16:00 Room No,111, Faculty of Engineering / Zoom Webinar

Participation Fee

Online Free of charge
Offline 10,000 JPY for company representatives *No charge for speakers.
Other participants (students, staff of THERS, government organizations, incorporated bodies, chamber of commerce and industry, etc.): Free of charge

Opening Remarks (5 min.)

Professor Yoshikiko Uematsu, Executive Director of GU-GLOCAL

Dr. Hisataka Moriwaki, President of Gifu University




First Session: SDGs Case Study (10 min. per presenter)

Coordinator: Specially Appointed Professor Shinichi Miwa of GU-GLOCAL

Api Co., Ltd., UNIGEN Co., Ltd., Toyota Technical Development Corporation, Federation of Industry & Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER), JETRO New Delhi, Gifu University, UKM, Japan Fine Ceramics Center, The Juroku Bank, Ltd.  


Break (10 min.)


Second Session: Utilization of Bamboo Resources in India(70 min.)

Coordinator: Visiting Professor Daisuke Shibata of GU-GLOCAL

Takex Labo Co., Ltd., FINER, Embassy of Japan in India, JICA, Gifu University, IITG, Long Term Industrial Development Co., Ltd.


Session Review (5 min.)

Dr. Hiroyuki Koyama, Division Head, Division Glocalization Promotion Division, GU-GLOCAL

Booth Exhibition

25 booths for general exhibition, exhibition of culture and tradition of Tokai Area will open to the public.

User's fee

50,000JPY per booth (No charge for invitees for exhibitions of culture and tradition)

13:00 - 17:00 Meeting Room No.1, Faculty of Engineering