THERS JDP Symposium

Joint Degree Programs as the platform of co-creation

Internationalization of Education and Research & Regional Revitalization

  • Hosted by
  • Language
  • Target Audience
    Tokai National Higher Education and Research System Staff and other domestic universities that implement or plan to implement Joint Degree Program(s)
  • Chair
    Dr. Kambara Shinji, Vice President of Gifu University (International Affairs)
  • Opening Remarks(5 min.)

    Dr. Seiichi Matsuo, Chancellor, Tokai National Higher Education and Research System

  • Keynote Speech(30 min.)

    Mr. Eiji Watanabe,Director, International Affairs Division,Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

  • Messages from JDP Graduates(5 min.)

  • Lecture (15 min.)

    Ms. Mai Kawai, Deputy Director, Southwest Asia Office, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)

  • Discussion: ”Developing Highly Skilled Professionals through JDP”(60 min.)

    - Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
    -Gifu University
    -Nagoya University
    -Nagasaki University

  • Closing Remarks(5 min.)

    Dr. Kazuhiro Yoshida, Executive Trustee/Vice Chancellor, THERS (President of Gifu University)

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Academic Session

Sustainable Development of Regions; SDGs and beyond

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Gifu University launched a series of International Joint Degree Programs in 2019, which covered a wide range of topics in science and technologies in Engineering and Applied Biology. All programs focus on contributing to regional development, which can be achieved by international collaboration among the three institutions keeping in min.d various regional stakeholders, including industrial sectors. Our scenario for regional development mainly focuses on the realization of sustainable systems through innovative ideas and technologies through institutionally supported inter- and intra-regional activities. In this webinar, we will exchange our ideas, which will eventually contribute to acceleration of our concept of regional development, including sharing of current designs for each region, and practices of green and smart technologies by regional industries utilizing biomass.

  • Hosted by
    Gifu University Organization for Promotion of Glocalization (GU-GLOCAL)
  • Language
  • Target Audience
    Researchers, Company Representatives at home and abroad
  • Opening Remarks

    Dr. Yoshihiko Uematsu (Executive Director of GU-GLOCAL)

  • Biomass Utilization Technology for Carbon-free Society

    Dr. Shiro Suzuki (Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences / Glocalization Promotion Division, GU-GLOCAL)
    Dr. Nobusuke Kobayashi (Professor, Faculty of Engineering / Glocalization Promotion Division, GU-GLOCAL)

  • Anaerobic Co-digestion of Defatted Microalgae Residue and Rice Straw as an Emerging Trend for Waste Utilization and Sustainable Bio-refinery Development(40 min.)

    Dr. Vaibhav V. Goud(Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IITG)


    The primary motivation behind this study was to explore the energy potential of the residual defatted microalgae biomass by anaerobic co-digestion with rice straw (RS). Two locally isolated strains of microalgae Chlorella CG12 and Desmodesmus GS12 showed maximum lipid content of 19% on a dry cell weight basis. The defatted microalgae after lipid extraction were used for co-digestion with rice straw (RS) to produce biomethane. Combination of ozonolysis and microbial pretreatments was used to disintegrate the RS fibers and reduce its crystallinity. The ozone treated RS was further hydrolyzed using the strains, Panebacillus sp., Bacillus clausii, Perlucidibaca piscinae, and Bordetella muralis, isolated from the insects having cellulose hydrolyzing properties. Combined pretreatment resulted in overall 76% reduction in RS crystallinity followed by 66% increase in the methane yield compared to control 204 ± 30 ml CH4/ gm-VSsubstrate. While, total methane yield of co-digestion of defatted microalgae with RS was twice that of control. Results of the study revealed feasible potential of circulating the CO2 produced from anaerobic co-digestion for algal growth, purifying the biomethane followed by a total increase in methane yield using the co-digestion approach.

  • Production of biofuels, biochemicals, and biochar from lignocellulosic biomass by pyrolysis(40 min.)

    Dr. Haruo Kawamoto (Professor, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University)


    Lignocellulosic biomass is an important renewable resource towards 2050 carbon neutral goal. It is expected that low-carbon electricity will continue to advance, but biomass is the only renewable resource that can produce materials such as liquid fuels and plastics. The removal of CO2 from the atmosphere through the production and soil application of biochar has also received a great deal of attention. Pyrolysis is a key technology with the potential to convert lignocellulosic biomass into liquid fuels, chemicals, and biochar. The author's research group has been studying the molecular mechanisms of pyrolytic transformation of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin in wood for over 20 years. In recent years, we have applied the obtained molecular mechanisms to modify and control pyrolysis and gasification reactions to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and biochar.

  • Maximizing feedstock utilization from lignocellulosic biomass in Malaysia: several examples of valued-added materials(40 min.)

    Dr. Chia Chin hua (Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, UKM)


    Lignocellulosic biomass has been identified as the most abundant biorenewable materials on Earth. The high organic content in lignocellulosic biomass makes it an important contributor to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Malaysia is the second largest palm oil producer in the world. Annually million tons of lignocellulosic biomass residues, such as empty fruit bunch, frond, and trunk, are generated. Besides oil palm plantation, we are also planting kenaf, coconut, rice, etc, which are also generating a huge amount of residues. Many research attentions have been focused on the utilization of the biomass to produce valued-added chemicals and materials. This presentation covers utilizations of two major lignocellulosic biomass, i.e., oil palm empty fruit bunch fibres and kenaf core wood, to produce fine chemicals (sugars, levulinic acid, phenolic & polyols), regenerated cellulose, nanocelluloses (nanocrystals & nanofibrils), and other potential advanced applications.

  • Prospective lifecycle assessment for design,
    ~Case study of mobile thermal energy storage system~
    (40 min.)

    Dr. Shoma Fujii(Project Assistant Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives,UTokyo)


    A life cycle perspective is strongly required in research and development to realize a sustainable society. A case study of life cycle assessment and design of a mobile thermal energy storage system using a zeolite vapor adsorption/desorption cycle will be introduced. The material properties obtained from the experiments are reflected in the numerical analysis of the heat charging and discharging device. Design parameters of full-scale models using simulation models validated by experiments are optimized. Life cycle assessment and cost evaluation using the results of numerical analysis is conducted to identify hot spots and feedbacks for improvement of technology development are provided. By repeating above process, the implementation of emerging technologies will be enhanced.

  • Closing Remarks

    Dr. Hiroyuki Koyama (Associate Director of GU-GLOCAL / Division Head, Glocalization Promotion Division, GU-GLOCAL)

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Industry-Government-Academia-Banking Institution Collaboration Session
-Regional Revitalization Driven by International Joint Degree Programs-

  • Hosted by
    Gifu University Organization for Promotion of Glocalization (GU-GLOCAL)
  • Language
  • Target Audience
    People from business sector, governments, universities and financial institutions in Japan
  • Chair
    Specially Appointed Professor Shinichi Miwa of GU-GLOCAL
    Coordinator: Visiting Professor Daisuke Shibata of GU-GLOCAL
  • Participation Fee
    Online:Free of charge Offline:10,000 JPY for Japanese company representatives *No charge for speakers. Other participants (students, staff of THERS, government organizations, incorporated bodies, chamber of commerce and industry, etc.): Free of charge
  • Opening Remarks

    Professor Yoshikiko Uematsu, Executive Director of GU-GLOCAL
    Dr. Kazuhiro Yoshida, President of Gifu University

  • First Session: SDGs Case Study(15 min. per presenter)

    -Japan Fine Ceramics Center

    -Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank Ltd.

    -Toyota Technical Development Corporation

    -Japan Association of Bioindustries Executives(JABEX)/ Japan Bioindustry Association(JBA)


  • First Session Remarks

    Specially Appointed Professor Shinichi Miwa of GU-GLOCAL

  • Break(15 min.)

  • Second Session: Projects in India/Carbon Neutrality(15 min. per presenter)

    - Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

    - The Graduate School of Project Design (Professional Graduate School)

    -Terra Motors Corporation

    -Nagoya University

  • Second Session Remarks

    Guest Professor Daisuke Shibata of GU-GLOCAL

  • Session Review

    Dr. Hiroyuki Koyama, Division Head, Division Glocalization Promotion Division, GU-GLOCAL

    Closing Remarks

    Dr. Kambara Shinji, Vice President (International Affairs) , Gifu University

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