November, 2009

Dec 27, 2010

On Wednesday, December 8, 2010, the Kyushu Environmental Cluster Universities International Network Exchange Meeting was held at the APU Convention Hall. Inviting patent specialists, environmentally-focused business leaders and foreign staff members, the event included presentations, panel discussions and exchange sessions to promote mutual understanding between fellow students with an interest in environmental business development, and provide information to international students thinking about working for Japanese companies.


Dec 17, 2010

Social Outreach Seminar invites Ms. KOUNO Satoko on January 12(Wed.).

*ARUN is a company that invests in social entrepreneurs who are working to reduce poverty in developing countries.

Nov 18, 2010

On Friday, October 22nd, APU welcomed JICA Expert Mr. Tsuboi Tatsushi to deliver a Social Outreach Seminar entitled “A Message from Mr. NERICA: The Frontlines of African Aid.”

Nov 15, 2010

Many small- and mid-sized companies in Kyushu have useful technology and knowledge for environmental business like pollution control, energy-efficient products, and recycling. However, they lack the human resources needed to expand this technology and knowledge overseas – specifically, people who understand the culture, business customs, and laws about intellectual property rights in countries they want to expand into. This is happening despite the fact that there are many international students studying at universities in Kyushu who want to work in Japan and around the world after graduating. For these students, it is often difficult to get information about these small- and mid-sized companies.

The Kyushu Environmental Cluster University International Network Exchange Event is a forum to deepen the networks between students and small- and mid-size environmental companies that are expanding overseas. It will feature seminars by managers and foreign employees of companies around Kyushu, and will provide students with knowledge about what the companies are like and help them gain a better understanding of intellectual property rights – a key part of environmental business. There will also be an exchange event afterwards for students to interact with the company representatives.

We look forward to the participation of many international students who are interested in working for Japanese companies, and also welcome anybody from companies that are considering expanding their business overseas.

This This event will be held mostly in Japanese, but simultaneous English interpretation will be provided through receivers.

Nov 12, 2010

From October 4 - October 15, a total of 10 public officials from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru participated in a two-week training course held at APU. The training course was titled "One Village One Product Movement for the Andes Region" and was commissioned to APU by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Last year similar training was held for provincial governors and officials from central and provincial governments of the same countries, but this is the first year of a substantive 3-year plan for training.

Nov 2, 2010

The following is an announcement from the Oita Commerce and Labor Department office regarding the upcoming "Eastern Kyushu Medical Valley Promotion Conference.

This conference is being held to effectively use the blood and vascular medical device industries that have accumulated in Oita and Miyazaki Prefecture. The goal is to promote more industry agglomeration and local revitalization through cooperation in this industry. This event will be held in conjunction with the 31st Japanese Society for Apheresis Conference – Beppu Satellite Symposium, which is sponsored by the Japanese Society for Apheresis.

From APU, Associate Professor Meirmanov Serik (APS) will be a panel member. Medical doctors from Korea, Taiwan and Thailand will also participate in the symposium and talk about the activities on the spot etc.

Anybody interested in entering the medical industry or any industry related to medical devices is highly encouraged to participate in this event.

Nov 1, 2010

As part of “Eco-Techno 2010”, the “Low-Carbon Society Forum at Eco-Techno 2010: The Possibilities of Solar Energy for the Creation of a Low-Carbon Society” was held at the West Japan General Exhibition Center on October 14, 2010. The sponsors of this event were the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kitakyushu City, the Kyushu Association of Solar Energy Production, and the Kitakyushu Thin-film Solar Cell Research Institute. This event focused on the current state of the solar cell industry – a field that is gaining attention as a solution towards creating a low-carbon society. It also discussed issues such as increasing consumer awareness of energy-saving through installing new equipment, and steps Kyushu should take to achieve a low-carbon society.

Professor Yukihiko Nakata, Director of the Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC), participated in this event by giving a lecture.

Oct 8, 2010

Social Outreach Seminar will be held on October 22nd (Fri.), 2010.

*A maximum of 50 people may register

In 2008, former Prime Minister Fukuda announced a plan to double the amount of rice produced in Africa as part of Japan’s ODA. As Africa continues to face food shortages, improving the efficiency of rice production leads to less reliance on imported rice and creates income for farmers. This brings people out of poverty, gives children a chance to go to school, and results in many other positive ripple effects.

This seminar will feature a message from Mr. Tsuboi Tatsushi, a JICA Expert currently active on the frontlines of aid in Africa. Originally from nearby Kitsuki City, Mr. Tsuboi (whose nickname is “Mr. NERICA”) will introduce the latest data and examples of activities being done in Africa to spread efficient rice production methods.

*NERICA: Abbreviation of “New Rice for Africa”, a newly developed method of cultivation suitable for Africa.

Oct 6, 2010

On Thursday, September 30, 2010, the AY2010 Oita City Human Resources Development Project "Management of Technology (MOT) Lecture Series began at the Oita City Industry Activation Plaza with the cooperation of APU and the Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC).

Sep 28, 2010

The second day of lectures for the “Introductory Lectures for Entry into Solar Cell Industry,” which are being offered to local company engineers and managers, was held on Friday, September 24, 2010 at the Oita Industrial Research Institute.
(Click here for news about the first day.)

Hosted by the Promotion Conference of Oita of OITA LSI Cluster and APU’s Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC), these lectures aim to give an in-depth analysis of the current state of the solar cell industry in terms of technology, systems, and business. They also introduce case studies of businesses that have entered or are planning to enter the solar cell industry, and bring all of the information together through panel discussions.

The topics and lecturers from the second day were as follows:

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