Research Achievements



The 1st International Symposium "Asian Cooperation, Integration, and Human Resources"



GIARI hosted its first international symposium on January 17 and 18, 2008. On the first day, two parallel discussions were held. Discussion 1 approached the subject of “Human Security in Asia – Problems and Prospects”, while Discussion 2 was titled “Formulating an International Higher Education Framework for Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia”. These discussions, which were supported by Japan Foundation, Waseda University International Office, etc, produced extremely valuable dialogues.

On the second day, keynote addresses were given by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, newly appointed Secretary-General of ASEAN, and Tamotsu Aoki, Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, who had served as one of the professors at Waseda University and an original member of GIARI. They presented suggestions on “Problems and Scenarios for Asian Cooperation and Integration, and the Cultivation of Talented Individuals” from perspectives of ASEAN and Japan, respectively. The symposium was arranged in cooperation with GSAPS and OAS, and attracted 321 participants, of which one-third were non-Japanese.


AMAKO Satoshi
Professor, Waseda University

From the second half of 1990 to the early 2000s, Asia has experienced a drastic progress in regional cooperation and integration, especially in the economic field. However, the Asian region has remained on the initial phase of institutionalization.

In addition to such serious issues as poverty and human rights, Asia faces other severe problems-including environmental issues, energy agenda, economic and social disparity, and infectious diseases- all emerging as the dark side of globalization. These issues have been extensively discussed in the development of "human security" concept; however, "traditional or national security" matters are still behind on the initial stage of institutionalization.

Besides, Asian countries are confronted with critical problems such as sensitive issues of historical perception gap between Japan and other Asian countries; the security concerns about traditional and contemporary "threats" between China and neighboring nations; and the difficult task of how to promote confidencebuilding measures among the nations.

Today, with more globalization, movement and transaction of people, goods, money and information has been active and brisk like never before. Personal matters and national problems are deeply associated with each other, sometimes even with global issues. And the borders among national interests, regional interests, and global interests are becoming ill-defined and multilayered. In this state of things, it is the high time for Asian people to promote mutual understanding and mutual confidence, and to work out a comprehensive strategic design of regional cooperation.

This situation requires that we should review conventional discussions of Asian regional integration which have been taken place on many occasions, and we should develop more comprehensive and more practical theory. At the same time, we need to systematize human resources to nurture specialists both with comprehensive understanding of Asian cooperation and with outstanding abilities in the realm of the related fields.

To this symposium, we invite eminent scholars and representatives of every sector of society from home and abroad. Active and challenging discussions can be expected from the panelists. I hope this symposium will be a significant milestone in our G-COE project.

Program : Parallel Discussion 1
International Symposium on Asian Human Security

January 17 (Thu.)
Organizer : Asia Human Community (AHC) preparatory committee, Waseda University
Co-sponsor : Japan Foundation
Location : Masaru Ibuka Auditorium, International Conference Center
  • Door opens
  • Opening Address and Agenda-Setting
    AMAKO Satoshi (Professor, Waseda University)
  • Session I "Asian Perspectives on Human Security"
    MC : UEKI (Kawakatsu) Chikako(Associate Professor, Waseda University)
    • Zha Daojiong (Professor, Peking University)
    • Lee, Shin-wha (Professor, Korea University)
    • YAMAKAGE Susumu (Professor, Tokyo University)
  • Session II "Continuous Crisis : Poverty and Human Rights"(Current situation in China, Korean Peninsula, and Southeast Asia)
    MC : KATSUMA Yasushi (Associate Professor, Waseda University)
    • Wu Qing (Representative, Beijing City People's Congress of China)
    • Soh Changrok (Professor, Korea University)
    • SUDARNO Sumarto(Director, Social Monitoring and Early Response Unit (SMERU) Research Institute)
  • Session III "Emerging Crisis:Infectious Disease, Environmental Issues, and Terrorism"
    MC : AOYAMA Rumi (Professor, Waseda University)
    • AKAHA Tsuneo(Director, Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies)
    • KUDO Koichirou(Director, Disease Control and Prevention Center, International Medical Center of Japan)
    • MATSUOKA Shunji (Professor, Waseda University)
Program/CV/Summaries(20080117)[2131KB]PDF File
Papers/PPT Files(20080117)[9889KB]PDF File

Program : Parallel Discussion 2
International Symposium on Asian Higher Education

January 17 (Thu.)
Organizer : Waseda University International Affairs Division , Global-COE:GIARI
Location : 3F, International Conference Center
  • Door opens
  • Openinr Address
    UCHIDA Katsuichi(Vice President,Waseda University)
  • Agenda-Setting
    KURODA Kazuo(Professor,Waseda University)
  • Session I "Trend of International Higher Education and Regionalism"
    MC : NINOMIYA Akira (Vice President, Hiroshima University)
      Presenters :
    • Cesar de Prado Yepes (Professor, Universidad de Salamanca)
    • Morshidi Sirat (Director, National Higher Education Research Institute)
    • Anthony Welch (Professor, University of Sydney)
    • SUGIMURA Miki (Associate Professor, Sophia University)
  • Session II "Experiences of Asian Higher Education Frameworks and their Implications for the Future"
    MC : SUGIMURA Miki (Associate Professor, Sophia University)
      Presenters :
    • Supachai Yavaprabhas (Director, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development)
    • Piniti Ratananukul (Director, ASEAN University Network)
    • Zainal Abidin Sanusi (Coordinator of Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
  • Session III "Responses of Leading Universities in Asia for Globalization and Regionalization of Higher Education"
    MC : SONODA Shigeto(Professor,Waseda University)
      Presenters :
    • Wan-hua Ma (Professor, Peking University)
    • Ki-Seok Kim (Professor, Seoul National University)
    • Nguyen Thuy Anh (Lecturer, Vietnam National University, Hanoi)
    • Waseda University International Affairs Division.
  • Concluding Session "Future Prospects of Education and Action"
    MC : KURODA Kazuo (Professor, Waseda University)
      Special Discussant :
    • Kai-Ming Cheng (Chair Professor, University of Hong Kong)
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Program :
Challenges for Promoting Asian Cooperation and Integration , and Fostering Human Resources

January 18 (Fri.)
MC for the day: SONODA Shigeto (Professor, Waseda University)
Organizer : Waseda University Global COE: Global Institute for Asian Regional Integration (GIARI).Program for Promoting Advancement of Academic Research at Private Universities of MEXT
Co-organizer : Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Organization for Asian Studies, Waseda University
Location : Masaru Ibuka Auditorium, International Conference Center
  • Door opens
  • Opening Address
    SHIRAI Katsuhiko (President, Waseda University)
  • Grand Concept of this Project and Agenda-Setting"
    AMAKO Satoshi (Chair, G-COE : GIARI)
  • Keynote Speech
    • "Regional Cooperation and Integration : An ASEAN Perspective"
      Dr.Surin Pitsuwan (the new Secretary-General of ASEAN)
    • "Regional Cooperation and Integration : A Japan Perspective"
      Dr.AOKI Tamotsu (Commissioner, Agency for Cultural Affairs)
  • Session IV "Modeling a Scenario of Asian Integration :Political, Economic, and Cultural Approaches"
    MC : URATA Shujiro (Professor, Waseda University)
      Presenters :
    • Amitav Acharya (Professor, Bristol University)
    • Wang Yizhou (Professor, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
    • Kai-Ming Cheng (Chair Professor, University of Hong Kong)
    • Tereso S.Tullao,Jr. (Professor, College of Business and Economics, De La Salle University-Manila)
  • Session V "Bottom-Up Approach to Regional Integration"
    MC : TAGA Hidetoshi (Professor, Waseda University)
      Presenters :
    • Kim Beng Phar (Visiting Researcher, Organization for Asian Studies, Waseda University)
    • Yi Kiho (Research Professor, Sungkonghoe University)
    • MURAI Yoshinori (Professor, Sophia University)
    • Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo(Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University)
  • General Overview and Closing Address
    AMAKO Satoshi
  • Farewell Party at the 1st meeting room on the 3rd Floor of International Conference center
Program/CV/Summary(20080118)[1129KB]PDF File
Papers/PPT Files[7028KB]PDF File

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