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1. "Technology of Wrapping to upgrade the Quality of Life"
Mr. MATSUBARA Takehiko (chief of foreign division, Toyo Seikan Kaisha., LTD)

2. "The Toyama environmental literacy education model"
Mr. KUNORI Noriyasu (professor of Toyama Prefectural University)

3. "Development of craftsmanship program for building low-carbon society at Toyama National College of Technology"

Ms. TAKAMATSU Saori (assistant professor of Toyama National College of Technology)

 The establishment of technical colleges in Japan began in 1962 by the strong demands from the Japanese industries. Human resources that have been produced over the last 50 years and beyond have greatly contributed to the development of technology and manufacturing industry.
 However, on the other hand, the Japanese manufacturing industry is in a very difficult position due to the environmental problems caused by products, problems with resources and energy and the industrial structure that relies on the majority of production being conducted overseas. New educational systems that make a breakthrough in this crisis and realize a suitable society are now in demand. Namely, instead of clinging to the traditional ‘Problem—Deal approach’, we have to shift to an educational program based upon ‘Seek—Solve approach’, in which students acquire comprehensive skill set by venturing into tasks they find interesting, tackle them with ambition and ingeniousness and give back the fruits to the community.
 In the newly reborn Toyama National College of Technology, we have engaged in approaching to this new education. The program includes the use of TV conference system to interact with foreign countries, simulation of technological development by studying and building robot cars (computer-installed EV), development of various craftsmanship program and student exchange with countries such as Korea, Mongolia and Northern Ireland. The program also features activities in Malaysia, a popular country of our local industries’ oversea bases
 We report the development of craftsmanship program for building low-carbon society.

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1. "Issues and Prospects of ESD in Japan"
Mr. ABE Osamu (professor of college of sociology, Rikkyo University)
"Education about, for and as Sustainability"
Mr. REMMEN Arne (professor of Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark)

 Several global challenges are intertwined at the moment. Climate change has been high on the political agenda, without any new international agreement to follow-up on the Kyoto protocol. Extreme weather, rising sea levels and water constraint are some of the foreseen consequences. Besides, an ever increasing population, emerging economies such China, India and Brazil, and expanding urbanisation with more than half of the worlds population living in cities makes even more urgent to find sustainable solutions and develop clean technologies and renewable energy to meet the challenges of a globalised world.
 Major enterprises have developed a vision for sustainability taking responsibility for profit, people and planet. So far, universities have mostly been a preparation for economic life, but have to become a broader education for sustainable communities and developing the sustainable production and consumption patterns for the future societies.
Instead of universities being largely confined to instruction and transmission of the old knowledge in the textbooks, then higher education has to become much more a student-oriented, active learning process based more on generating knowledge in real world situations, and involved problem analysis and solving.

 Education about sustainability can be a first necessary step in order to raise the awareness on the above global challenges among students and a faculty. However, problem-based learning (PBL) is an opportunity for education for sustainability, where students actively can reflect in and on actions, while collaborating in project teams with external stakeholders. Finally, sustainability is not a final destination but a journey – and in that sense the tracks have to be laid down while travelling. In other words, questioning given problems and concepts, contextualising and negotiating potential solutions are a basic condition for the journey towards sustainability.

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PANEL DISCUSSION "Engineering Education and ESD"

Today, environmental destruction and resource depletion have become worldwide issues and "Sustainable Development” is becoming more and more important for us, including future generations, to live happily. Many people want to maintain the living standards and lead their high quality lives. To discuss how to make our society sustainable, we need experts in various areas. In engineering area too, we need engineers who have a capability to join these discussions. So in bringing up engineers who will lead the advanced science and technology, we have to provide them with a viewpoint of sustainability.
 In this Panel discussion, clarification of the aim of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) for students at the Colleges of Technology is to be discussed based on some cases. Prof. Hongo (Toyama National College of Technology) will explain the circumstances surrounding implementation of ESD at a college of technology from the standpoint of an instructor. Prof. Goto (Toyohashi University of Technology) and Prof. XX ( XX University ) talk about their cooperation on ESD with other colleges of technology. And Mr. MIYANO (Tateyama Machine Co., Ltd.) and Mr. Matsubara (Toyo Seikan Kaisha., Ltd) state their views of ESD from the standpoint of business administration.
 On the basis of forms of ESD implemented in colleges and universities here and abroad, the purpose, content, method and techniques established in education will be examined and discuss the ESD approaches and strategies for future cooperation through panel discussions.

Mr. GOTO Naohiro (associate professor of Toyohashi University of Technology)

Mr. MIYANO Kaneyoshi (representative director of Tateyama Machine Co., LTD)
Mr. MATSUBARA Takehiko (chief of foreign division, Toyo Seikan Kaisha., LTD)
Mr. KUNORI Noriyasu (professor of Toyama Prefectural University)
Mr. SAGAWA Masato (associate professor of National College of Technology)
Mr. HONGO Tetsuyuki (professor of Toyama National College of Technology)

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This workshop will be held to share ideas of all the participants about “How ESD should be built into Engineering Education at National Colleges of Technology”, to make clear the viewpoints of ESD which must be necessary in NTC education and to make a new vision of our education. Ahead of this workshop, some Study Case Presentations, two Keynote Lectures and a Panel Discussion will be held. These programs help enrich our understanding of ESD, Engineering Education and their relation, and this workshop will provide us with an opportunity for a fruitful discussion. Those who are involved in ESD and/or education are especially welcome to this workshop.
For this workshop, Mr. Kimitoshi HORI is invited as a facilitator. He was the original president of Facilitators Association of Japan(FAJ) and is now the president of HORI Kimitoshi Office and an organizational consultant. His Facilitation is well established and in his workshop the  participants are highly involved in the discussion.
This workshop will be free and held in Japanese

Mr. HORI Kimitoshi (president of HORI Kimitoshi Office)

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