In the first of what may become a yearly event connecting people around Asia to discuss and overcome the issues facing the region, Kyushu University Asia Week 2020 was hosted by Kyushu University from September 1 to 12, 2020, in a webinar format under the theme of “Universities to Grow Societal Impact.&rdquo
During the period, a cumulative total of 2,570 people from Japan and overseas, including online participants and speakers, took part in the sessions, talks, and other activities organized as part of the event. Asia Week was an important opportunity to share issues with overseas universities and also to discuss and disseminate solutions regarding the establishment of an international cooperation system in the With & Post Corona eras, strategic international collaborations, and global issues such as the SDGs.
On the first day, the Opening Ceremony commenced with a keynote speech from Shigeru Aoyagi (Director of the Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education of UNESCO Bangkok). In a panel discussion under the theme of “Higher Education Institutions (HEIs’) societal responsibility and impact in the context of addressing SDGs amid COVID-19,” Director Aoyagi, Dr. Ika Dewi Ana (Vice Rector of Universitas Gadjah [UGM]), Professor Irfan Dwidya Prijambada (UGM), Professor Shunsuke Manaki (Faculty of Engineering), and Professor Shigeki Inoue (Faculty of Design) presented and actively discussed their efforts to achieve the SDGs.
Included as part of Asia Week this year, Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies (Q-AOS) Symposium 2020 “Living with Infectious Diseases: What Is a Sustainable Society Learned from COVID-19?” was held September 2 and 3 to advance the vision of what a sustainable society will look like around Asia, Oceania, and the world in light of COVID-19.