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Making connections at Keio University in Japan

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Participants in the Evidence Based Approach (EBA) Consortium, March 7-8, 2014 Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan

I was in Japan recently to serve on Keio University’s external reviewing committee for the Re-Inventing Japan Project which aims to foster human resources capable of being globally active. The project also provides financial support to the formation of collaborative programs with ASEAN universities that conduct study abroad programs for Japanese students.

We discussed student recruitment, an accreditation plan and other higher ed issues.

Agreement for international exchange with Tokai University

Japan-Hawaii international exchange agreement

UH Interim President David Lassner and Dr. Yoshiaki Matsumae, Vice President of Tokai University Educational System, renew the agreement for international exchange between the two university systems.

We had the pleasure of meeting officials from the Tokai University Educational System in Japan, who visited us at the University of Hawaiʻi on January 10. The purpose of the visit was to sign an agreement for international exchange between UH and Tokai. An agreement signed by former UH President David McClain in 2008 has expired.

The agreement will provide for the exchange of scholars, students, and academic information and materials to enhance the research and education processes at our institutions. In turn, we hope these exchanges increase the mutual understanding between our respective faculties, scholars and students.

Japan-Hawaii international exchange agreement

University of Hawaii and Tokai University administrators at the international exchange agreement signing.

Philippines visit

After an exciting and productive week in Indonesia, UH Mānoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and I took a flight to Manila.

The city was teeming with cars, people and lights. It took some time to reach the hotel, and by then we were ready for some rest.

On Monday morning, we began a very intense set of meetings with our Philippine colleagues. We began with a meeting at the Asia Pacific Bank. We met there with Stephen Groff, Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific at Asian Development Bank, and James Nugent, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank. We discussed areas of common interest in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, especially on higher education and capacity-building initiatives in the region.

<p>Ramon Clarete, head of the UH Philippines alumni group after receiving our thank you aloha shirt.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

Ramon Clarete, head of the UH Philippines alumni group after receiving our thank you aloha shirt.

<p>UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood with the UH Philippines alumni group at a reception and dinner.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood with the UH Philippines alumni group at a reception and dinner.

<p>Early arrivals at a reception for the UH Philippines alumni group.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

Early arrivals at a reception for the UH Philippines alumni group.

<p>After a very full day of these meetings, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were treated to dinner with the UH Philippines alumni group president Pascual (left) and at least one very recent UH alumna (right).</p>

Philippines outreach visit

After a very full day of these meetings, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were treated to dinner with the UH Philippines alumni group president Pascual (left) and at least one very recent UH alumna (right).

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Commissioner on Higher Ed and discussed their issues in the Philippines and ways to increase student and faculty exchange with the University of Hawai‘i.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Commissioner on Higher Ed and discussed their issues in the Philippines and ways to increase student and faculty exchange with the University of Hawai‘i.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Philippine’s climate change secretary Babet Guzon and staff.  The discussion was about climate change, sea rise, their efforts at disaster risk, reduction and resilience and the upcoming 2015 APEC meeting.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Philippine’s climate change secretary Babet Guzon and staff. The discussion was about climate change, sea rise, their efforts at disaster risk, reduction and resilience and the upcoming 2015 APEC meeting.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan greeted with a big screen announcement.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan greeted with a big screen announcement.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan met with climate change advisors to the Philippine President to discuss work on resilience.  The work being done in the Philippines is an important part of the mission and work within APDR3 (Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction &amp; Resilience).</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan met with climate change advisors to the Philippine President to discuss work on resilience. The work being done in the Philippines is an important part of the mission and work within APDR3 (Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience).

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan  were met at the Asian Development Bank meeting by Ramon Clarete, who heads the UH Philippines alumni group.  He escorted them to several meetings and later organized a dinner with UH alumni in the Philippines.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were met at the Asian Development Bank meeting by Ramon Clarete, who heads the UH Philippines alumni group. He escorted them to several meetings and later organized a dinner with UH alumni in the Philippines.


Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 6

The conference over, we spent a day touring some of the local sights, learning about how they have been impacted by recent natural disasters. In the evening we had a chance to visit with UH alumni.

See more photos from our trip: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4 and day 5 of our trip.

large group in front of Borobudur

Our group in front of the 8th century Buddhist Monument Borobudur. After the conference, the delegation visited some historical and world-renown cultural artifacts of the Yogyakarta region.

tour at Borobudur

Famed Borobudur historian Tony Tack led a tour of Borobudur for the APDR3 delegation. The Borobudur monument was covered in ash during the Mount Merapi eruption in 2010. Tack explained post-disaster preservation efforts and the larger tourism impacts that resulted from the eruption.

tour group at Borobudur

Famed Borobudur historian Tony Tack leads a tour of Borobudur for the APDR3 delegation. The Borobudur monument was covered in ash during the Mount Merapi eruption in 2010. Tack explained post-disaster preservation efforts and the larger tourism impacts that resulted from the eruption.

tourists at Mendut Temple in Indonesia

The APDR3 delegation visits the Mendut Temple near Borobudur. The inner temple is a sanctuary to a Budda which is more than a thousand years old.

tourists at Prambanan Temple in Indonesia

The APDR3 delegation visits Prambanan Temple, a Hindu temple that is a popular tourist destination. It was badly damaged in the earthquake of 2006.

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University of Hawai’i alumni from Indonesia gather for dinner at the Gadjah Wong restaurant. We connected over gamelan and dance performances. Fourteen Indonesian UH alumni attended the event. Some flew in from Papua Province.

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Addressing the group at the UH Indonesia alumni dinner.

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UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan thanks the APDR3 delegation for a great conference and expresses appreciation to the Indonesian alumni for the opportunity to connect once again.

Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 5

Another Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency (APDR3) conference day in Indonesia. See photos from day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4 of our trip. More coming soon!

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A roundtable discussion focuses on building resilience through education. Participants discussed ways to develop place-based education and coordination systems to reach diverse communities.

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UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan addresses participants at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan facilitates a panel discussion by donor representatives at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng discusses the development of educational programs that build resilience concepts.

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Cheryl Anderson of UH Manoa’s Social Science Research Institute speaks at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Roger Babcock, addresses the APDR3 Symposium.

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APDR3 Symposium planners and roundtable group facilitators.

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APDR3 Symposium leaders at the closing ceremony. Pictured from left to right: APDR3 Executive Director Jainey Bavishi, UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan, Islamic University of Indonesia Dean Mochamad Tegu and Gadjah University Vice Rector Dwikorita Karnawati.

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APDR3 Symposium participants at the closing ceremony. The two-day conference focused on best practices in achieving resilience. The symposium forged new partnerships aimed at addressing complex contemporary issues throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Breakout roundtable discussions.

Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 4

Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency (APDR3) conference day in Indonesia. See photos from day 1, day 2 and day 3 of our trip. More coming soon!

conference registration table

Participants register for the APDR3 conference. 140 people participated in Day 1 of the APDR3 Symposium. Represented groups include academic institutions, NGOs, private sector, government and others from the Asia Pacific region. A strong representation of local Indonesians contributed to a rich discussion on resilience, particularly early warning systems and urban resilience.

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Here I am addressing participants of the APDR3 Symposium. I spoke about the impressive initiatives underway locally and encouraged participants to think about ways to further the new field of resilience.

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At the opening ceremony of the APDR3 Symposium. Joining myself, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Denise Konan are (left to right): Gadjah Mada University Vice Rector Dwikorita Karnawati, APDR3 Vice Chairman Alfonzo Martinez-Fonts, Islamic University of Indonesia Rector Edy Suandi Hamid and Executive Director of Damandiri Foundation Haryono Suyono.

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APDR3 Symposium participants receive an update on efforts to build urban resilience throughout Indonesia.

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Discussing national level initiatives with the head of Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Ma’arif. Also joining the discussion (left to right) UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan, UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetor-Ng and volcanologist Dr. Surono (far right).

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Myself, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Indonesia’s head volcanologist Dr. Surono talk to the media about the burgeoning field of resilience and efforts to introduce a network approach to maximize the efforts.

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Speaking to Indonesia media about recent partnerships between the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Indonesian universities, as well as plans to increase future educational relationships.

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The head of Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Ma’arif addresses participants of the APDR3 Symposium and encourages science based approaches that connect with communities.

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APDR3 participants discuss urban resilience and opportunities for private sector involvement in community resilience initiatives.

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Volcanologist Dr. Surono discusses Indonesia’s early warning systems associated with past activity from Mount Merapi. He highlighted the challenges of implementation, evacuation and recovery efforts.

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UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan addresses participants of the APDR3 Symposium. She highlighted the exciting initiatives that are underway with APDR3, as well as key educational partnerships going forward.

conference presentation panel

Panelists volcanologist Dr. Surano (left) and UH Alumni and business leader Rezal Kusumaatmadja field questions by symposium participants in a session moderated by UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan. The discussion highlighted integrated methods that cross various sectors and involve important stakeholders in natural resource management, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

men on stage at conference panel taking questions

Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 3

The Indonesian outreach visit continues; photos from our third day there.

See more pictures here: day 1 and day 2.

group from Hawaii listening to a man in Indonesian garb speak

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The APDR3 delegation visit the Sultan of Yogyakarta’s Keraton Palace. The palace became a refuge after the 2010 Mount Merapi eruption. We learned about community resilience and cultural preservation measures.

group by a mud flow

The APDR3 delegation studies laharic (mud and debris) flows from the Mount Merapi eruptions. Gadjah Mada University representatives describe a multidisciplinary program developed in conjunction with the University of Hawai’i’s Pacific Disaster Center, to support early warning systems that combine the latest technologies with community practices. Such partnerships and concepts have been the central focus of discussion of this week’s APDR3 Symposium in Indonesia.

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President Greenwood rides a traditional becak, or rickshaw, during her visit to Indonesia, where she and the APDR3 delegation are learning about urban resilience practices.

group at mud flow

UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng and the APDR3 delegation visit major infrastructure interventions by Indonesia’s Central Government. The project reduces the risk of landslides from laharic (mud and debris) flows from Mount Merapi. The local government has also worked with the community to develop early warning and monitoring systems.

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The APDR3 delegation poses at a lahar flow site. This visit highlighted partnerships between the government and the communities.

group sampling Indonesian produce

Communities welcome the APDR3 delegation to the upper slopes of Mount Merapi. The community has developed sophisticated early warning systems and evacuation plans that coordinate with scientists from Gadjah Mada University. We sampled snakefruit, guava, oranges and other local treats from a recent harvest.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng speaks to a small village on the slopes of Mount Merapi, where she commends the community on the impressive efforts it has made to create disaster risk reduction plans.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng talks to the local media at a small village on the slopes of Mount Merapi. She discusses the sophistication of community resilience efforts that have stretched across various disciplines to reduce disaster risk.

group visiting palace ruins in Indonesia

Standing in the ruins of an old palace that was devastated by the 1867 earthquake. Indonesia experiences about a third of all high casualty earthquakes in the world. The site visit was the centerpiece for a discussion on coping mechanisms, natural hazards and building resilience.

touring ruins in Indonesia

group listening to an Indonesian government official

A local government official and the APDR3 delegation discuss expanding efforts to build resilience at the ruins of past natural disasters.

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UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and the APDR3 delegation enjoy a Ramayana performance in the courtyard of a 9th century temple.

Ramayana dancer with a young boy

tour group in Indonesia

Me and the APDR3 delegation conclude their urban resilience tour outside the old entrance to the Taman Sari Palace, one of the key symbols of the Yogyakarta Sultanate.

man trying batik

Associate Professor of Engineering at UH Manoa, Roger Babcock, tries his hand at batik, a traditional wax print method that has gained widespread popularity in Hawai’i and the world.

Reception of women leaders at College Hill

Center for Women Policy Studies Reception

I was honored to meet 23 delegates from four countries who are in Honolulu this week to take part in the “Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange for Women Leaders.” The women are here from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and the U.S. I had the pleasure of hosting them at College Hill Monday night, where we continued our discussions on issues such as women’s human rights, laws and policy options to respond to international trafficking of women and girls.

The women have been meeting at Kapiʻolani Community College for four days of discussions. Hawaiʻi’s First Lady Nancie Caraway, a Human Rights Fellow, gave a presentation today. The Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange wraps on Thursday.

View more photos from the reception.

Early cherry blossoms in Okinawa

Early cherry blossoms in Okinawa

Photo by Kaori Kinjo

Aloha! I wanted to share with you a recent email from Kaori Kinjo from Japan, with great news about the cherry tree we planted at on the campus of University of the Ryukyus.

Kaori is a staff member of the International Division at the University of the Ryukyus and helped coordinate my visit to Okinawa last fall.

She writes:

“I am very pleased to let you know a sakura tree planted by President Greenwood recently bloomed 5-6 small flowers!!!

When it was planted, I was told it would take 3-4 years to grow and bloom flowers.

In Okinawa, we enjoy cherry blossom in January-February and we sometimes observed President Greenwood’s tree just in case. In mid-February, we were very surprised to find just one flower on her sakura tree!!  Then it had 5-6 flowers!!”

Early cherry blossoms in Okinawa

Photo by Kaori Kinjo

View photos from my trip to Okinawa.

PACOM signing

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Public and private leader come together to reduce risks associated with natural disasters. Photo by Ric Noyle

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser covered the Veteran’s Day memorandum-of-understanding signing for a public-private partnership to prepare for disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. The University of Hawaiʻi is a major player in the agreement.

More pictures from the signing on the APEC CEO Summit Flickr site.