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Funmilola Oluwatosin KUTI

Summer Course 2011
August 4 - August 14, 2011

DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A LOW CARBON WORLD:
“Preparing Professionals for Participatory Approaches in Planning and Implementing Climate Change Policies”
Beijing Normal University, China.

First and foremost, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Prof. Nobukazu Nakagoshi who gave me the opportunity to go to Beijing, China for the 2011 summer course titled ‘‘DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A LOW CARBON WORLD’’. This event was jointly organized by the Hiroshima University Center for Environmental Cooperation (HICEC) and Beijing Normal University, China. This organization specialized in building up researchers to become leaders of tomorrow in implementation and in policy making decisions on matter related to the environment.

This year’s event took place in Beijing Normal University, China from August 4th -14th, 2011. Participants came from different parts of the world. The participants from Hiroshima University left Hiroshima International Airport aboard Air China flight. Since there was no direct flight to Beijing, a connecting flight was taken at Dalian.


First Day of the Summer Course

After checking in, everybody moved into the hotel rooms. Lectures began from the second day. Prof. Fujiwara conducted the openning ceremony and gave an introductory speech. Series of lectures which focused mainly on Low Carbon Society were delivered. It was emphasized at the lectures that inefficient energy consumption always leads to air pollution and global warming as a result of the green house gases released.
Also the lectures included the reduction of  energy consumption of fossil fuels in every sectors such as industrial and domestic. From the beginning of the summer course, participants were divided into eight groups,each group composed of five members.

My group focused on ‘‘Implementation and policy of Solar Panel in rural area in Developing Countries’’.After about one week of series of lectures, each group was asked to make a presentation . On the 13th of August, 2011, the final presentation was held. Our group found out that, cost is an important factor that guides the adoption and growth of innovative technology in a country. Developing countries often lack the initial capital as well as matching funds to make feasible investments. Many countries often acquire costly technology without making provisions for building sufficient infrastructure to run them.In the course of my group presentation, we focused on the prospects of solar energy in the rural areas of Bangladesh and also other developing countries. It was observed that in Bangladesh some NGO’s and micro finance organizations took the initiative to sell solar packages to the people and allow them to pay in installments. These innovations have made life better for the rural people in Bangladesh who were unable to enjoy electricity in the past. It was of the opinion that the same system can work in all other developing countries, especially tropical countries, where solar energy is in abundance while the cost of producing the package for each house is reasonable. The government also promises to subsidize this commodity for them. This innovation and technology has been found to be useful in reducing the consumption of fossil fuel worldwide thereby reducing  the effect of global warming.

After the presentation, my group won the award for best presentation based on the set criteria. Each member of the group was awarded a plaque.


 (Left) During my presentation. (Right) Award Ceremony.

This summer course program conducted by IDEC, Hiroshima University was a great experince for each participant since it gave us chance to meet IDEC alumni and other researchers which may eventually result to widen our network for future research collaboration.
In this activity, I was able to meet Dr. Eusebio Villar Angara, one of the alumni of IDEC and a fomer student of Nakagoshi Sensei in NKK Laboratory.  He is now the president of Aurora State College in the Philippines.


(Left) Presentation of award to 2011 summer course winner (Right) Mr Brando Cabigas, Dr Eusebio Villar  Angara (NKK Lab Alumnus) and Ms Funmilola Oluwatosin Kuti during the closing ceremony.                   

Excursion and Visits to Historical Sites
The summer course was full of various events. We had an excursion to a solar panel company.The company produces modules, which are used in the generation of solar energy. Solar panel modules are now becoming popular and research  has also proved that they can help rural areas in developing countries to overcome the problem of electricity insufficiency.

Trip to the Great Wall of China
During the summer course, we went on tour  to the Great Wall of China. The great wall is an historical place and is one of the seven wonders of the world. It was really a nice and wonderful experience for every participant  and we had a nice time.

 


Hiroshima University members and Professor at the Great Wall of China


(Left)Dinner time with some participants (Right) Group photographs with some participants


Other tourist attraction sites such as the Beijing Olympic stadium, “Forbidden City” to mention a few were visited.
The program ended with fruitful results on the 14th of August, 2011.  Participants flew back to their respective countries on the 15th of August 2011. Personally, I gained a lot of things during the summer course: new knowledge and a new circle of friends from different countries thus establishing a good human network. I was able to correlate the energy consumption of countries with their economy.  Also I was able to understand more about the impact of energy utilization and global warming. I am looking forward for such an event again.

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