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The 21st Century COE Program was held at IDEC, Hiroshima University from 2003 to 2007, and it was successfully completed.


NAKAGOSHI Nobukazu, Doctor of Science,

Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University

Principal Researcher of the 21st Century COE Program

Director, Hiroshima International Center for Environmental Cooperation, Hiroshima University

International Cooperation through Scientific Researches

The 21st Century COE program which commenced in Hiroshima University Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), aims to pioneer a new field of research in gInternational Cooperation Studiesh by administering international cooperative activities toward innovations. Our programs are centered on IDEC and the Hiroshima International Center for Environmental Cooperation (HICEC) and cater to the various cooperative efforts of a wide range of Hiroshima University researchers who are involved in international environmental cooperation. In partnership with universities and research institutions in developing countries, social capacity for environmental management in the Third World will be developed through interdisciplinary research.

The social capacity for environmental management is an important concept of our programs. It is defined as the capacity to self-manage environmental issues, and is also expressed as the ability to conduct the social environmental management system (SEMS), based on the relationship between the national and local levels, as well as the separate abilities of the government, various corporations and the citizens, and how these abilities interact.
The primary research goals of our COE programs are to analyze the dynamic developmental processes in social capacity for environmental management centered on developing countries in Asia, and to communicate the SEMS developmental stages grounded on scientific evidences. These scientific research activities that are founded on international cooperation adhere to help make recommendations for government policy frameworks in the Third World, as well as to establish social capacity for environmental management appropriate to each country. Beyond academic research and policy recommendations, the COE program also contributes to society by actively engaging in research projects, external evaluation researches, and human resources development concerned with practical international cooperative efforts to be carried out in training course programs.

Hampered by fiscal constraints, Japanfs Official Development Assistance (ODA) is now at a crucial turning point in achieving a major qualitative transformation. The objective and scientific evaluation of assisting countries such as Japan, is fundamental in order to establish international cooperative methodologies that are effective and efficient to the citizens of both donor and recipient nations. The COE program intends to respond to such social needs, hence, striving to become a major driving force for theoretical and practical innovations in various approaches to international cooperation. We appreciate all your understanding, support and cooperation.


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