The Third SUIJI Seminar in Kochi took place from 28 to 30 August at the Southern City Hotel in Nankoku City, Kochi Prefecture. The theme was “How Universities can Collaborate with Local Communities: Community-Collaboration and Service Learning”.
Some 200 people took part, including delegations from the Secretariat of the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Bureau, the Indonesian Embassy and the Indonesian Consulate General in Osaka, as well as academic staff, students and administrators from the participating universities.
SUIJI (Six University Initiative Japan-Indonesia) was established in 2011. It is a six-university consortium made up of three Indonesian universities (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Bogor Agricultural University, and Hasanuddin University) and three Japanese universities in Shikoku, Japan (Ehime University, Kagawa University and Kochi University). The aim is to promote research and education on the agricultural development in the tropics.
This Seminar, which included a symposium, a student forum, a researcher forum and a president forum, was hosted by the President of Kochi University in his capacity as the director of the SUIJI Consortium. The Presidents of all the participating universities signed a “Memorandum of Agreement for the SUIJI Service Learning Program” and the “Kochi Declaration” that contained plans for future events.
Next year’s Seminar will be hosted by Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.