The 1st SEAMEO RIHED-JANU Seminar and Study Visit to Japan (June 23 – 29)

 From June 23 to June 29, 2019, the Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) jointly held the 1st SEAMEO RIHED-JANU Seminar and Study Visit to Japan, under which JANU received people involved in higher education in ASEAN countries.

 This exchange program was conducted based on the agreement signed by JANU and SEAMEO-RIHED last year (in 2018). The 1st SEAMEO RIHED-JANU Seminar and Study Visit program was held under the theme of “Technology Innovation and Social Engagement for Sustainable Development,” inviting a total of 12 people to Japan, including Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director, SEAMEO RIHED and presidents of universities in ASEAN countries.

 In this program, the delegation visited five universities (Osaka University, Kansai University, Kobe University, Kyoto University and Ritsumeikan University) located in the Kansai region to deepen their understanding of the Japanese higher education system and each university’s activities related to the program theme, and exchange opinions on the possibilities for future international exchange.

 In addition, they visited private companies (DAIKIN Technology and Innovation Center and NEC Future Creation Hub KANSAI) and cultural facilities (the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Osaka Castle, and Nijo Castle). Through these visits, they deepened their knowledge in a wide range of areas, such as advanced technologies including biometrics and image analysis, the current state of industry-academia collaboration, disaster prevention/mitigation, and the preservation of cultural properties.

 It is expected that inter-university exchange between Japan and ASEAN countries will be more active. JANU will strive to further expand exchanges between the two sides by cooperating with SEAMEO-RIHED.


【Program Schedule】



June 23 (Sun)

  Welcome Dinner & Program Orientation

June 24 (Mon)

  Seminar at Osaka University“Enhancing Regional Cooperation
  and Development: Collaboration Initiatives
  between Japanese and Southeast
  Asian Higher Education Institutions
  Courtesy visit to Osaka University
  – Future Design Section, Center for
    Open Innovation Research and Education (COiRE)
  Visit to Osaka Castle

June 25(Tue)

  Visit to Kansai University
  – COIL Program
  – Organization for Research and Development of
     Innovative Science and Technology (ORDIST)
  – Center for Innovation and Creativity
  – Collaborative Research Center of Engineering,
    Medicine and Pharmacology (CEMP)
  Visit to DAIKIN Technology and Innovation Center (TIC)
  Visit to NEC Future Creation Hub KANSAI

June 26 (Wed)

  Visit to the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial
  Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI)
  Visit to Kobe University – Innovative BioProduction Kobe (iBioK)

June 27 (Thu)

  Visit to Kyoto University
  – Value Creating Design Hub for Super-Ageing Societies
  – Center for Southeast Asian Studies
  – Disaster Prevention Research Institute

June 28 (Fri)

  Visit to Ritsumeikan University
  – Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage
  Visit to Nijo Castle
  Farewell Dinner

June 29 (Sat)

 Leaving for home




Participants exchanging opinions
at the seminar organized by JANU


Presentation held
at Osaka University


Receiving explanation on
a research project at Kansai University


Receiving explanation on a project from DAIKIN
Technology and Innovation Center


Tsunami evacuation experience at DRI


Visit to Kobe University iBioK


Networking at Center for
Southeast Asian Studies,
Kyoto University


Group photo at – Institute of Disaster Mitigation
for Urban Cultural Heritage,
Ritsumeikan University