Tottori University landscape photography
2017-10-10

The Diploma Presentation Ceremony for Academic Year 2017 of the Graduate School of Engineering, Tottori University

Dr. Irie with his diploma

 On 25 September 2017, the Diploma Presentation Ceremony for Academic Year 2017 of the Graduate School of Engineering, Tottori University was conducted. At the ceremony, Prof. Yasushi Kawata, Dean, awarded a diploma to every graduate, while Prof. Zhongchun Chen, Vice-Dean, handed a commemorative gift to them.

 In his address, Prof. Kawata encouraged the graduates as follows. “A poet, Mitsuo Aida left this phrase, ‘Learn all your life, stay young all your life.’ I totally agree with him and would like you all to keep inquisitiveness and love a challenge. Please proud of yourself that you have completed your study at Tottori University Graduate School of Engineering and do your best when returning to your place in society.”

 One of the graduates, Dr. Yoshihiro Irie, has committed to his research under the supervision of Prof. Satoru Kishida at the Department of Information and Electronics, Graduate School of Engineering, while also acting as the president of Irie Sangyo Co., Ltd. He obtained his doctoral degree in engineering at the age of 73, the oldest age since the establishment of the Graduate School of Engineering. At his completion of his study at the Graduate School, Dr. Irie talked about his future determination. “Mentally I’m still in my 50th. I feel that I can still beat young people, and I intend to be active in 10 years and even in 20 years. I will create products making use of the results of my research at Tottori University, and want to continue initiating something new going forward.” He also sent a message to young students, “All I can tell them is that I want them to study aiming for the highest position. If they dedicate themselves to study setting their own goal, then they should be able to have more fulfilling university life.”

We would like to wish all of the graduates every success in their careers.

Commemorative Photo
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2017-10-10

Participated in the 13th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD/COP13)

Side Event with the Ministry of Environment and JICA

 Arid Land Research Center and the International Platform for Dryland Research and Education participated in the 13th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD/COP13) held from 6 September to 16 September 2017.

 Following the first conference in Rome in 1997, UNCCD/COP13 has been held approximately every two years. This year, the conference took place in Ordos, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, in which a number of officials from the government of contracting parties, international organizations, Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and other relevant organizations.

 From Tottori University, Prof. Atsushi Tsunekawa at the Arid Land Research Center participated in the conference as a member of the Japanese government delegates. Furthermore, the University also co-hosted two side events for research presentations and opinion exchanges with government delegates from COP participating countries, experts, officers from international research institutes, and other participants. The first side event focused on Japanese initiatives towards combatting desertification and realising sustainable land management in drylands co-hosted with the Ministry of the Environment and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), while the second side event co-held with an overseas collaborating organisation, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS (NIEER), was based on the theme of the measures against Aeolian desertification and the realisation of land degradation neutrality.

 From the standpoint of Tottori University, which is the only university with the “Dryland Science” research base in Japan, UNCCD/COP13 was a valuable opportunity to further strengthen the network with government officials and overseas research institutes as well as enhancing its international presence.

Side Event with NIEER