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GSID Official Events in the academic year 2011
Open Seminar on China-Africa Education Cooperation

Dr. Niu Changsong
GSID visiting scholar and Associate Professor, Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, China
Date & Time: 17:00-18:30, March 27 (Tuesday), 2012
Venue: Meeting room #1 (GSID 8F)
Language: English

Dilemma in Afghan Exit Strategy: from the Perspective of Security Sector Reform<

Date: 14:45 - 16:15 on 26 January (Thursday)
Venue: The 3rd Lecture room (Room 613), 6th floor, GSID
Speaker: Professor ISEZAKI Kenji, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Topic: Dilemma in Afghan Exit Strategy: from the Perspective of Security Sector Reform
Language: English

Seminar: Administration Reform of a Local Government in Japan: The Case of Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture

Lecturer: Mr. Nishidera Masaya
Title of the lecture: Administration Reform in Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture

His administration reform made Tajimi City one of the representative city for the reform in Japan.

Date: November 10 (Thursday) 16:30-18:00++
Place: Auditorium, 8th floor of GSID
Language: His Japanese lecture is translated into English by Prof. KIMURA, Hirotsune

All are welcome.

Mr. Nishidera was a Tamjimi City local assembly member for 25 years from 27 years old and became the mayor of Tajimi City for 12 years from 1995 to 2007. During his term as the mayor of Tajimi City, he practiced one of the representative administrative reforms in Japan.

He is the author of『自律自治体の形成―すべては財政危機との闘いからはじまっ た』公人の友社、2008 (The Formation of Self-Sustained Local Government: The Battle against the Financial Crisis), published in 2008 from Kojin no TomoSha.

Open Seminar "Transnational Civil Society vs. Global Educational Culture: Children's Rights in Historical Perspective"

Date&Time: November 10, 2011 (Thu) 18:00-19:30
Venue: Meeting room#1, GSID 8F
Lecturer: Dr. Eckhardt Fuchs (Deputy Director, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany)

22th General Conference of Japan Society for International Development and International Symposium

22th General Conference of Japan Society for International Development, 26-27th November 2011, as a Memorial Event of 20th Anniversary of GSID

International Symposium (27th Nov) co-hosted by GSID
Pamphlet of International Symposium

Japan's ODA Policy

Date: 13:00 - 14:30, Monday, 24 October.
Venue: The 3rd lecture room in GSID.
Speaker: Mr. SUZUKI Kazuhiro, MOFA Japan.
Topic: Japan's ODA Policy
Language: English

Everybody is welcome.

Fostering Research Capabilities of Young Researchers through "the Academic Network for Development in Asia"

Young Scholars Invitation Program: Fostering Research Capabilities of Young Researchers through "the Academic Network for Development in Asia" :For Institutional Development (Sponsored by the JSPS)

From 2nd October to 22nd October

Workshop: 12th October, 02:45PM at 8F of GSID

Presentation series by Young scholars: Schedule

Open Seminar: What is the impact of the Bologna Process on quality of higher education?

Open Seminar
Everyone is Welcome!

What is the impact of the Bologna Process on quality of higher education?

Dr. Don F. Westerheijden
Senior Lecturer, Cheps, University of Twente
Visiting Scholar, RIHE, Hiroshima University
Date: 12:00-13:00, Friday, 7th October 2011
Venue: First Meeting Room, 8th Floor, GSID Building, Nagoya University Language: English

Based on the Independent Assessment of the Bologna process in 2009-2010, I will give an overview of how the Bologna Process has affected educational structures in the more than 45 participating countries. Furthermore, it will be investigated if these structural changes, supported by additional instruments of internationalisation used in the Bologna Process, may have affected students and their learning experiences. Summarising the project findings, it will appear that new frameworks and policies have created opportunities for changes and improvements of learning, but that in-depth utilisation of opportunities at the work floor level has not been achieved at a large scale until now. National higher education policy implementation may have contributed to the lack of utilisation in the institutions.

Participatory Approaches to Education: International Perspectives

** Everyone is welcome !! ****

Dr Tristan McCowan
Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development
Institute of Education, University of London
Date: 11:00-12:30, Monday, 3rd October 2011
Venue: Room 607, GSID Building, Nagoya University
Language: English
After the seminar, free discussion with students are arranged. You can also get general information on IOE from Mr. Mike Winter.

'Participation' has become one of the key pillars of international development work in recent decades. While spawning a variety of approaches such as Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and being adopted (in rhetoric at least) by most development agencies, the notion has been subject to sustained critique. In education too, participation has taken on a central role, on account of the perceivedeffectiveness of constructivist pedagogy, as well as the appeal of more radical approaches such as that of Paulo Freire. However, learner-centred approaches are often perceived as a Western imposition and inappropriate for many cultural contexts. This lecture explores the role of participation in education around the world, focusing on the key question of whether it may in fact represent a 'new tyranny' for low- and middle-income countries.

Open Seminar: Japan's Foreign Student Policy, its effect and challenge

Speaker: Dr. Yuriko Sato, Associate Professor, International Student Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Friday, July 8, 2011 12:00-13:00
At First Meeting Room, 8th Floor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University
Language: English
Everybody is welcome!!

Professor Sato became an associate professor of Tokyo Tech after accumulating her working experience at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). She published a book on evaluation of the Japanese international student policy in 2010 in a viewpoint of human resource development, promotion of exchange, and economic development. She is a leader of research and practices on international student exchange.

Public Sector Management in Development

Date & Time: July 5 (Tue) 16:30 - 18:00
       July 6 (Wed) 10:30 - 12:00
Venue: Conference room #1 (GSID 8F) Language: English
Speaker: Masami SUGIMOTO

President of SHINKO Overseas Management Consulting, Inc., Japan (1994 – Present). Also, Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Takushoku University. Specialized in Public Financial Management (PFM) and also holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) degree of Japan.

Conventionally in the third world development, infrastructure and human resource development has been occupying major area in external assistance. However in recent years, the issue of public management strengthening attracts increasing emphasis in development efforts. As a matter of fact, it has been occupying the top sectoral share for the last decade in the World Bank's development assistance. Furthermore, the advent of "Budget Support-Type Assistance" reinforces the importance of this aspect not only as a core component, but also as an integral infrastructure for its effective implementation and performance. The public management for development is a cyclical process comprising "Planning," "Budgeting," "Implementation," "Performance Evaluation" and "Feedback" phases, and in short, the public sector management improvement is an effort to run the said cycle in rational as well as effective manners. This seminar will give an overview of this prevailing issue and, as a practical case example, the actual attempt going on in Ghana under JICA technical assistance.

Post-Disaster Psychosocial Care for Children: Considerations in psychosocial care programming in the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami

Date & Time: June 17 18:00-20:00
Venue: Meeting room#1 (GSID 8F)
Language: English (participants can ask questions in Japanese too)

Speaker: Ryoko HONDA
Clinical psychologist, Institute for Family Functioning Board member, Japan Association for Play Therapy
Former UNICEF program officer, monitoring and evaluation, UNICEF Ghana (MPS International Agriculture and Rural Development, Cornell University MA Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University)

After working as an NGO community development worker for two years in rural Philippines, and as monitoring and evaluation officer for four years in UNICEF Ghana, the speaker returned to the academia to study clinical psychology. Presently, as board member of the Japan Association for Play Therapy, the speaker is working together with the Japan National Committee for UNICEF, in providing psychosocial care to children, with a special focus on infants, toddlers and pre-school children, in the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, as well as evacuation sites for people from Fukushima. Psychosocial programming in post-disaster situations requires constant assessment, flexibility and professional psychological knowledge and skills. Considerations in psychosocial interventions in post-disaster situations will be discussed.


Memory work in researching violence against children and young people: Kenyan university student teachers learning from a life cycle approach

Date & Time: June 14 (Tue) 12:00-13:30
Venue: Meeting room #1 (GSID 8F)
Language: English
Speaker: Dr. Fatuma N. Chege
Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director Institute for Research Science and Technology, Kenyatta University
RESEARCH INTEREST: Gender Issues in Education, HIV/AIDS and Education, Life Skills Education, Poverty, Human Well-being education, Interdisciplinary Research, International Cooperation in Education, Qualitative Research Methods.

 This presentation focuses on the use of memory work as a method of exploring the issues of violence in the life cycle of young people with main being of uncovering and analysing childhood understandings of violence through the mental eyes of young student teachers who were the subjects in a memory work project. In the analysis of the memories of violence, the students and the researcher engaged in a process of personal revelations, reflections, interpretations, and judgements that had –singly or jointly- shaped the subjects' worldviews regarding power relations in the context of violence and growing up.
 This activity helped in the mapping out of how social meanings and the assumed representations of power relations - as embedded in the students' memories of violence - were conveyed based on meanings that were available communicated the students in the past (during childhood) and interpreted at the present (during the project lifetime). At the end of the project, each student teacher was required to document resolutions regarding non-violence in educational settings based on their personal experiences of the completed memory work.

For further inquiry, please contact Shoko Yamada(

A UN Career Seminar by Ms. Chikako Takase

Date and Time: May 27, 2011 (Friday) 13:30-15:00

Venue: 1st Conference Room (8th Floor of GSID Building)

Guest Speaker: Ms. Chikako Takase, Acting Director, the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)/Former Chief, Policy Coordination Section, Policy Coordination Branch, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations

Title: "My Career at the United Nations: CSD, ECOSOC and UNCRD"

Moderator: Prof. Aya Okada

The seminar will be held in English.

GSID Official Events in the academic year 2010

As to seminars, symposiums and lectures held in Japanese, please click [Japanese] on the top!

3rd International Seminar of the Academic Network for Development in Asia (ANDA)

Dates: March 5-7, 2011
Venue: Nagoya University Symposion Hall and Toyota Auditorium
[Poster] [Program]

GSID Open Seminar Series on Educational Issues and the Role of Research in Ghana

Seminar 1: Pathways to effective school and classroom assessments: The case of Ghana
Time and date:12:00-13:30 Jan. 20
Venue: Conference room #1, GSID 8th floor

Seminar 2: Language of instruction in elementary school education: The tension between policy and implementation
Time and date:12:00-13:30 Jan. 24
Venue: Conference room #1, GSID 8th floor

For details, click here


Date: Dec. 3rd (Fri) Time: 14:30 - 16:00 Venue: GSID 8F, Auditorium Language: English
Lecturer: Dr. Monzur Hossain, Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
For details, click here

Special Lectures / Open Seminars on Participatory Rural Industry Promotion

Monday 6th Dec. (Professor Takayoshi Kusago, Kansai University)
Tuesday 7th Dec.((Ms. Rika Fujioka, University of London)
For details, click here

Thailand at Crossroad by Dr. Chaiyan Rajchagool

Lecturer: Dr. Chaiyan Rajchagool, Professor of Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Date: November (Thursday) 16:30-18:30 Place: Ist Conference Room (8th Floor) of GSID, Nagoya University
Moderator: Prof. KIMURA

Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Preservation: Challenges and Opportunities for Preserving Biodiversity

Date & Time: October 27, 2010 (Wed.) 10:30 - 12:00
Venue: 1st conference room (8th floor), GSID Building
Speaker: Dr. Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira, Associate Director, the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
Moderator: Dr. Aya Okada, Professor, GSID, Nagoya University
Open to the Public.

COP10 Extra Side-Events at GSID by International NGOs

18:30 Mon 25th Oct by International Institute for Environment and Development
16:30 Wed 27th Oct by USC-Canada
Venue: Conference Room 1
For detail, click here

Open Seminar: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan (English lecture)

Lecturer: Mr. Higashi Daisaku,
Political Affairs Officer
UNAMA (UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)
Date: October 8 (Friday) 16:30-18:30
Place: Ist Conference Room (8th Floor) of GSID, Nagoya University
All are welcome.

You can see his carrer at

GSID Open Seminar
Researching powerful people: a neglected aspect of development studies
By Dr. Chris Williams

Date: July 6th (Tue)
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: Meeting Room # 1 @ GSID (8F)
Language: English
Lecturer: Dr. Chris Williams

Dr. Chris Williams is based at the Centre for International Education and Research, University of Birmingham (U.K.). He has also held posts at the universities of London, Bristol, Cambridge, Cairo and the United Nations. He has lived in Egypt, Jordan and South Africa where he set up education projects for street children, and has worked in India, Thailand, Turkey, Liberia, China, Palestine and Afghanistan.

The gist of the lecture:
The familiar focus for studying development and other social problems has been 'down-system' - populations who are poor, vulnerable, and powerless - often with the object of empowering them. Yet the causes of down-system problems, and the possibilities for change, are often 'up-system', located among people who have power. These elites and leaders may be inefficient or abuse their power, or create positive change and social progress. In the modern world, up-system methods are a way to understand and assess a neglected approach to research, for a range of research groups including academics, students, activists, citizen researchers, human rights advocates, journalists, and government departments.

For further inquiry, please contact Shoko Yamada (

GSID Open Seminar on Comparative Education
By Dr. Shin'ichi Suzuki

Data: July 1st
Time: 12:00-14:00
Venue: Meeting Room #1 @ GSID (8F)
Language: English

Born in Manchuria in 1933. Being a product of Waseda University himself, he has been teaching at the University for decades. His main research theme is history of education in Britain. He devoted much of his time to theoretical studies on "comparative approaches in education", working closely with some influential academics such as Brian Holmes and Juergen Schriewer, on shifting paradigms in comparative education.

The gist of the lecture
Conventionally the Nation-State has been used as a Unit in Comparative Education. Nowadays when globalization of human institutional activities are more prevalent over the various areas of social, economic, political, cultural and religious actions, the notion of nation-state cannot easily be accepted as the research unit in comparative studies in education. What can be the new units for comparative studies in education? He will argue for the notion of Topos, and its possibilities for generative discourse-formations in comparative education.

GSID Open Seminar on Rural and Regional Development

Date & Time: May 27, 2010, 14:45-16:15
Venue: Seminar Room 7
Title: State-society reciprocity from a "good governance" perspective: a rural development policy in Thailand
Guest Speaker: Ms. Rika Fujioka

Rika Fujioka has obtained a doctorate preparatory degree in international relations at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris. She has been in the research programme in the Development Studies Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (partly affiliated with the Chulalongkorn University as a visiting researcher). Her professional experiences include the Consulate General of Japan in New York, Swedish Embassy and Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, as well as UNDP Burkina Faso, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Her academic interests are governance, regional development and development planning.

Open to the public

Special Lectures on Dispute Settlement Procedures of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Lecturer: Professor David A. Gantz, University of Arizona
Venue: Multi-Purpose Auditorium, 8th floor, GSID

Date and Time/Topics:
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 13:00-15:00
NAFTA Chapter 20 and WTO dispute settlement compared
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 10:30-12:30
NAFTA Chapter 19 and review of trade remedy disputes under the binational panel process
Thursday, May 27, 2010 13:00-15:00
NAFTA Chapter 11 investment dispute resolution with reference to cases and procedures

Language: English
Reading Material: In order to prepare reading material, please send an email to Fujio Kawashima in advance for registration.
Contact: Fujio Kawashima

GSID Seminar on Conflict Prevention in the Middle East

Lecturer: Hisae Nakanishi, Ph.D. Professor of the Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University
Venue: The 6th seminar room, 5th floor, GSID

Date and Time/Topics:
16:00-17:30 Friday, May 21, 2010
Conflict Prevention in the Middle East: Some focus on Iran and its surrounding countries

Language: English
Contact: Kimiaki TAKAHASHI:

GSID Special Seminar

Date & Time: May 13, 2010, at 16:30-18:00
Venue: 1 st Conference Room;
Guest Speaker: Dr. Aser B. Javier, Associate Professor, College of Public Affairs, the University of the Phlippines,
Topic: "Local Governance for Local Economic Development"

Open to the public.

This seminar will be held as part of "the JSPS Exchange Program for East Asian Young Researchers."

GSID Open Seminar on the Role of Academic Research in Asian Development

GSID will hold a one-day open seminar on the Role of Academic Research in Asian Development on May 11, 2010. This seminar is held as part of the JSPS Exchange Program for East Asian Young Researchers (May 10-22, 2010).
Please click here for [the Seminar Program (PDF 732KB)].

JSPS Exchange Program for East Asian Young Researchers

Since 2009, GSID has been engaged in an exchange program entitled "Building Research Capabilities of Young Scholars for Asian Development through the Academic Network for Development in Asia (ANDA)," under JSPS's Exchange Program for East Asian Young Researchers. As part of this program, GSID invites a total of 14 young scholars from 8 Asian countries to provide them with an opportunity for participating in a series of seminars, lectures, field visits, and for promoting academic exchange with fellow invitees and Japanese young scholars including GSID faculty and students.
Please click here for a list of participants. [Word (35KB)]

GSID Open Seminar

Title : Small Scale Industries in the Promotion of Economic Development

Speaker: Dr. Muthia Naganathan,
Vice Chairman, State Planning Commission, State Government of Tamil Nadu, India/
Former Professor & Dean, School of Economics, University of Madras

Moderator: Dr. Aya Okada, Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University

Date : April 19, 2010 (Monday)
Time : 5:00 -- 7:00 pm
Venue: 1st Conference Room (8th Floor), GSID

Open to the public.

The 5th African Education Research Forum

This form has been held twice a year participated by students and faculty members, whose academic interest is education in Africa, from Nagoya University, Hiroshima University, Kobe University, Naruto University of Education, Osaka University, Waseda University, and so on. Its primary objective is to give students an opportunity 1) to meet and talk with other students who have the same interests; and 2)to get comments from faculty members and students on the research plans and preliminary findings so that they will be able to consider their research from wider perspectives.

Graduate School of International Development 8F Multi-purpose Auditorium

Date and Time:
April 16 (Fri) 13:00-18:30 Presentations
                        18:30-20:30 Party
April 17 (Sat) 09:00-17:30 Presentations

Past Seminars

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