in Kyushu 2007
will host the "University
Summit in Kyushu 2007" on 27th-28th October in Fukuoka,
Japan. Kyushu University convened the first "University
Summit in Kyushu" in May 2000 for the purpose of
discussing current challenges facing university management,
as research and educational activities
in a global context with senior executives from leading
higher education institutions.
The University Summit in Kyushu is a part
of an extensive program of events culminating in Kyushu
Universit's centennial anniversary in 2011. The Conference
of Asian University Presidents, which was inaugurated by
Kyushu University in December 2000, offers a forum for
Asian university executives. Through these two forums,
Kyushu University is deepening our contribution to international
higher education and international society.
The University Summit 2007 in Kyushu will
be conducted under the theme of "Integrating Global
Universities and Local Communities in the 21st Century".
Three thematic sessions are planned, which will discuss
the challenges of successfully integrating a Twenty First
Century university into its local community.
Integrating Global Universities and Local
Communities in the 21st Century
Resort Sea Hawk Hotel Fukuoka
(2-2-3 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-8650, Japan)
Three thematic sessions will be held.
In each of the sessions, several speakers will be invited
from the participating universities to initiate discussion.
In this session, the future prospects and problems of a "Science
City" centered on a university will be discussed. Key issues
to be addressed will include environment-friendly energy and
technology and environmental preservation. An excursion to Kyushu
University's new campus in the Ito area will be included.
In this session, the contribution of universities to society
will be discussed. In particular, focus will be put on ensuring
how universities can function as a valuable resource for enriching
local communities. In this regard, the research and education
activities of a university may bring a wealth which can be used
to satisfy various human needs. A city may thus be proud of its
university and receive a benefit from it in a number of different
ways. Several good practices will be introduced by presenters
including Kyushu University's contribution to the local community
in respect of agricultural activities.
This session will focus on a university's role in public health.
Several topics will be prepared, including the university's contribution
to local medical care, collaboration of universities and pharmaceutical
companies in medical treatments, and development of new medicines.