1. Participation in the 2008 ASAIHL Conference The 2008 conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL*) was held at Universiti Sains Malaysia for three days from December 12, 2008. The main theme of the conference was University Autonomy: Interpretation and Variation. Dr. Hisatake Okada, Hokkaido University’s Executive Vice president in charge of research affairs, was invited as a speaker and delivered a speech entitled Autonomy in at Hokkaido University for participating member institutions on December 13. He introduced outlined the roles of the Executive Office of Research Strategy and the activities of the Headquarters of the Research & Business Park at Hokkaido University. This speech can be seen as the a manifestation of rising interest in Hokkaido University’s sustainable university management approach. The conference was an excellent opportunity to widely publicize the university’s undertakings to higher education institutions in the AsiaPacific region. ‐ The lecture material can be viewed here. ‐ The detailed program for December 13 is available here. *ASAIHL : The Abbreviation of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning. Currently, 166 higher education institutions in 17 countries in the AsiaPacific region are ASAIHL members. Web siteHhttp://www.asaihl.asia/ 2. The PICES Ocean Monitoring Service Award given Hokkaido University’s training ship, the Oshoromaru, received the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Ocean Monitoring Service Award. The ship, which is affiliated to the university’s School of Fisheries Sciences, has made great contributions to the experiments and practical training for undergraduate students as well as the academic research and education for graduate students, faculty members and more. The PICES Ocean Monitoring Service Award was established this year with the aim of recognizing facilities and others that have made outstanding achievements in such activities such as longterm academic observation (, e.g., marine monitoring in the North Pacific), and public release of databases, international contributions, education, etc. The Dean of Hokkaido University’s Faculty of Fisheries Sciences attended the award ceremony held during the PICES 17th Annual Meeting, which took place in China’s Dalian City on October 27. (Caption) H At The award ceremony 3. Regional Workshop for Avian Influenza Control For 11 days from September 29, 2008, the Hokkaido University Research Center for Zoonosis Control and the university’s Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine held the Regional Workshop for Avian Influenza Control. The Workshopevent, which was commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was aims aimed to at have enabling trainees from Asian countries to acquire accurate knowledge of avian influenza, exchange information about the latest situations of in participating countries and improve their technical diagnostic
skills. It The workshop was provided for nine trainees from nine countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Turkey and Syria) who areworking in the role of veterinarians taking in charge of influenza control measures as workinglevel government officers responsible for virusrelated matters in their respective countries. The five days of the workshop’s firsthalf period focused on lectures on about influenza and practical training using real influenza viruses. The following four days (in the secondhalf period) was were devoted to lectures on rapidly spreading zoonoses that are running rampant over the earth and related practical training. The trainees attendees also inspected the Biosafety Level 3 facility at the Research Center for Zoonosis Control, – an organization equipped with one some of the most sophisticated equipment in Japan, – thus acquiringto provide them with the latest knowledge and techniques regarding on the diagnosis and research of zoonoses. Hokkaido University has long provided technical cooperation to emerging countries in order to minimize damage from spreading zoonoses (, including the avian influenza that broke out in Asia), and this workshop is part of such efforts. The trainees are expected to actively utilize what they learned from the workshop in administration and medical services in their own countries. (Caption) X
Opening remarks by tThe Director of the Research Center for Zoonosis Control makes opening remarks
Practical training Group photos of trainees and facultiesfaculty members
4. Joint Seminar with South Korea’s Yonsei University’s College of Business and Economics in South Korea Hokkaido University (HU) invited a delegation of from South Korea’s Yonsei University College of Business and Economics and heldfor the 15th Joint Seminar of between Yonsei University and Hokkaido University on September 26 (Fri.), 2008. Yonsei University is a firstrate university establishment in South Korea, and its College of Business and Economics and Hokkaido University’s Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration have maintained robust exchanges since they concluded conclusion of a Departmental Exchange Agreement in 1990. They The two institutions have dispatched students between them to cultivate international internationalmindedness. In addition, researchers have held joint seminars on the Sapporo and Seoul campuses on a reciprocal basis, and with this event marked marking the 15th seminarsuch occasion. Covering Based on the broad theme of economics, this the seminar also welcomed faculties faculty members and students of from the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration. Speakers from HU and Yonsei University made thorough preparations for their presentations, which were actively discussed by participants. Academic exchanges with overseas partner institutions such as the manifested ininteraction seen at this joint seminar provide a forum for the presentation of results of from cuttingedge theoretical and empirical research activities, and. They also contribute significantly to the internationalization of HU’s research and education work. In FY 2008, both institutions witnessed a twoway progress in student exchanges: a graduate from Yonsei University’s College of Business and Economics obtained a Ph. D. at HU, and an HU graduate obtained a Master’s
degree at Yonsei University’s College of Business and Economics. The next 16th joint seminar will is scheduled to take place at Yonsei University.