On 30th September 2015 in the morning, 26 students of Diponegoro University visited Graduate School of Policy Science at OIC with a guidance of Dr.Edward Pandelaki and Dr.Erni Setyowati. All the students belong to Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering of Diponegoro University (UNDIP). Professor Yoshida gave them a short lecture about Outline of Ritsumeikan and urban policy of Japan. Graduate students from Indonesia also gave them a short talking about daily study life in Ritsumeikan and tasty foods in Kansai area like Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Kaiten-sushi. They had some talks with Professor Shiozaki and other Japanese graduate students. After the meeting, the students had a look inside of campus buildings and left OIC to go to field visit for traditional architectures in Kyoto.
Current Students give them lectures about daily study life in OIC
Group photo at campus tour with RU members
Diponegoro University(UNDIP) was established in 1957 as one of the biggest national universities in Indonesia and is located in Semarang City. Semarang City is located in the central Java Island and has population of 2 million or more. UNDIP has 34 thousands of students and is almost in same scale with Ritsumeikan University. The vice dean of the faculty of engineering UNDIP, Dr.Berkah Fajar and the chair of department of architecture, Dr. Edward Pandelaki visited Kinugasa Campus and talked about further collaborations between RU and UNDIP with the dean of GSPS, Professor Kanegae. After some months, GSPS concluded the Agreement of Cooperation with the faculty of engineering of UNDIP at the end of March 2015.
Shake hands after talking about future cooperations by the deans, Professor Kanegae and Dr. Berkah Fajar (18th November 2015)
Professor Toshiya Hoshino from the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) made his keynote speech entitled "Japan's Foreign and Security Policy Challenges under Prime Minister Abe." What impressed me was his comment that the security of North East Asia became visible by looking at a map from different viewpoints. Then, Professor Vesselin Popovski from the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace(UNU-ISP), commented on the keynote speech. His comment was useful to deeply understand what Japan has been doing for security at present.
The presentations this time were highly suggestive for how to deal with the issues which take root in local society and global ones. Among them, many focus on housing policy, agricultural land reform, and how to form regional community. I gave a presentation on “The process of the OSPREY deployment in Japan”. Since this was my first research presentation in English outside of school, I had difficulty from the start. However, I could enjoy myself due to my effort. I mentioned about Japan’s security and I could luckily get advice from Professor Hoshino.
This workshop was good for me to motivate my research and discover and improve my research goals through the advice from professors and exchange with other graduate students. Above all, I learned that many Asian countries also share the same problem at the presentation. I could see my theme from different points of view hearing the questions and/or suggestions from other students of which research themes are relatively close and sharing the approach of each to solve their problems. I hope to further develop my "study” as a graduate student through the research presentation and cultural exchange at this joint workshop.
（Written by Akiko Ishimaru from Social Governance, Policy and Administration Unit, 4th year, College of Policy Science, Early advancement system student)