Kyushu University reflects on and renews its commitment to safety every year around October 1, which has been designated Safety Day in response to an incident on September 2016, when a first-year student drowned during class-related activities in Yakushima Island, Kagoshima.
As part of this commitment this year, a two-part lecture was held on Ito Campus on October 24 and broadcast live to the Hospital Campus, Ohashi Campus, and Chikushi Campus.
The days event start with a moment of silence in memory of the student who passed away in the accident in Yakushima, one whose life was taken away in an accident during a training camp organized by the exploration club in October 2017, and all those who have died in other extracurricular activities since the university’s founding.
President Chiharu Kubo started his opening speech to the 180 faculty and staff in participation with words of commitment, saying, “We will make every effort to ensure safety in educational and research activities and to prevent recurrence so as to never again weather the memories of past accidents.”
For the first part of the lecture, Dr. Yuri Hosokawa of the Faculty of Sports Sciences from Waseda University gave the lecture entitled “Emergency Response in Sports: Emergency Action Plan” based on her experience as an athletic trainer.
In the second part, Dr. Takashi Nagata, assistant professor at Kyushu University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences, explained and demonstrated cardiopulmonary resuscitation, incorporating his experiences engaging in disaster and accident sites in Japan and overseas, to raise the safety awareness of the university's members.
Kyushu University will continue to hold awareness-raising activities every year led by experts in safety management and safety education and to work to ensure safety in various activities and prevent accidents.