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AOTULE Conference 2019

Tokyo Tech welcomes deans, staff, and students of 12 member universities in Asia-Oceania region

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January 27, 2020

Participants of the AOTULE Conference 2019

The Asia-Oceania Top University League on Engineering (AOTULE), founded in 2007, consists of 13 member universities in the Asia-Oceania region. The league promotes inter-university cooperation through joint programs, including workshops and student and staff exchanges, and holds a conference for member university staff and students annually. From November 25 to 27, 2019, eighty-two participants from member universities gathered at Tokyo Tech for the 14th AOTULE Conference.

AOTULE member universities

1.
Bandung Institute of Technology
2.
Chulalongkorn University
3.
Hanoi University of Science and Technology
4.
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
5.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
6.
Nanyang Technological University
7.
National Taiwan University
8.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
9.
The University of Melbourne
10.
Tokyo Institute of Technology
11.
Tsinghua University
12.
University of Malaya
13.
University of Moratuwa

14th AOTULE Conference program

Day 1
  • Welcome reception at Centennial Hall
Day 2
  • Opening ceremony
  • Deans' meeting, staff meeting, student conference
  • Invited presentation
  • Gala dinner at Futako-Tamagawa Excel Hotel Tokyu
Day 3
  • Steering committee meeting
  • Farewell lunch, presentation awards at Centennial Hall
  • Tokyo city tour ― Visits to Asakusa and teamLab Borderless

Opening ceremony

After an evening reception on Day One, the conference resumed on Day Two with an opening ceremony on Ookayama Campus. Tokyo Tech Provost and Executive Vice President for Institute Strategy Isao Satoh and Dean Yuji Wada from the School of Materials and Chemical Technology gave welcome addresses. Professor Ashok Kumar Mishra from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras also gave opening remarks in place of IIT Madras Dean of International Relations Mahesh Panchagnula, the current executive chair of AOTULE.

Tokyo Tech Provost and EVP Satoh
Tokyo Tech Provost and EVP Satoh

Prof. Mishra from IIT Madras
Prof. Mishra from IIT Madras

Student conference

At the student conference, students were divided into four groups to discuss and present their research achievements at sessions on the morning of November 26. They also discussed the main theme of this year's conference, “Actions towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and Oceania.” Based on these discussions, group work presentations evaluated by faculty members were held on November 27.

Student presentations

Session
Theme
Session A
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
Session B
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
Session C
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 1
Session D
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 2

Student presentation
Student presentation

Group work
Group work

Group presentation
Group presentation

Best group presentation award recipients
Best group presentation award recipients

Deans' meeting

Deans in discussion
Deans in discussion
Dr. Jinichi Igarashi
Dr. Jinichi Igarashi

The deans' meeting, held on November 26, was facilitated by Professor Jeffrey S. Cross from Tokyo Tech's School of Environment and Society. During the session, deans of member universities reflected on the evolution of AOTULE and discussed future possibilities, including consortium-oriented and bilateral exchanges and new educational programs. Expanding the number of member universities was also proposed.

The session also included an invited presentation, Society 5.0 - Seeking for the future Industry-Academia cooperation in Japan, by Dr. Jinichi Igarashi. Igarashi is currently the representative director and president of JX Nippon Research Institute, Ltd., and serves as the chair of the Sub-Committee on Industry-Academia-Government Cooperation, Committee on Innovation, at the Japan Business Federation, Keidanren.

Steering committee meeting

Dean Wada's closing remarks
Dean Wada's closing remarks

Professor David Shallcross, AOTULE steering committee chair and professor at The University of Melbourne, led the steering committee meeting on November 27. The session included the unveiling of the new AOTULE homepage, accounting reports for the current academic year, and discussions regarding future plans. Professor Takaaki Manaka from Tokyo Tech's School of Engineering was elected as the new steering committee chair. The committee also decided to hold the next AOTULE Conference at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Welcome reception, gala dinner, Tokyo tour

Day 1 Welcome reception
Day 1
Welcome reception

Day 2 Gala dinner
Day 2
Gala dinner

Day 3 Tokyo city tour ― In Asakusa
Day 3
Tokyo city tour ― In Asakusa

Day 3 Tokyo city tour ― Visit to teamLab Borderless art installation
Day 3
Tokyo city tour ― Visit to teamLab Borderless art installation

Contact

International Cooperation Office

E-mail ko.intl@jim.titech.ac.jp
Tel +81-3-5734-3859

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