JUNBA 2011


Japanese University Network in the Bay Area (JUNBA) held JUNBA2011 events in January 7th, 2011.

JUNBA is a network among Japanese universities which have their offices in the Bay Area. The mission of JUNBA is to assist the enhancement of education and research activities and the creation of new businesses for Japanese universities by helping their internationalization movements, by helping the training of their students and personnel and by promoting a development of academia-industry relationships between Japan and the United States.


This year, approximately one hundred people participated in JUNBA 2011. With generous cooperation from the Schools of California State University (CSU) System, several distinguished panelists attended from CSU East Bay, San Jose State University and the CSU Chancellor's office. The participants from the Japanese side included representatives from 17 Japanese universities and several important guests including the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, the President of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the representative from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan (MEXT)

It was an honor to have the President of California State University, East Bay, Dr. Qayoumi, give an insightful speech with his perspective on how to nurture global adaptability of CSU students. This stimulating speech led to an exchange of opinions and gave rise to ongoing discussions on cross-cutting issues in education such as remote teaching and e-learning, triggering new ideas to strengthen the education system. We hope that this is just the beginning of a solid relationship between U.S. and Japanese universities.

We are currently hard at work producing a report on JUNBA 2011, and we expect it to be available early this year.

Friday, January 7, 2011

San Francisco Airport Marriott
1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010

Organized by:
JUNBA: Japanese University Network in the Bay Area

Co-Organized by:
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
JETRO San Francisco

Supported by:
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology- Japan (MEXT)


9:00- 9:30 Reception


US- JAPAN University Round Table Discussion
-Nurturing Global Adaptability of University Students- (Language: English)

9:30- 9:35 Opening Remark
Masato Matsuo, President of JUNBA
9:35- 10:20 Keynote Speech
Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President of California State University, East Bay
10:20- 10:35 Coffee Break
10:35- 12:00 Discussion
12:00- 12:10 Commemorative group photo
12:10- 13:30 Lunch


JUNBA 2011 Summit
-Global Adaptability of Japanese Universities- (Language: Japanese)

13:30- 14:00 Greetings
Hiroshi Inomata, Consul- General of Japan in San Francisco
Motoyuki Ono, President, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
                   Keynote Speech
Shinjiro Komatsu, Deputy Director-General, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
14:00- 15:40 DiscussionⅠ
15:40- 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00- 17:40 DiscussionⅡand Summary
18:30- 20:30 JUNBA Networking Reception

Participating Organization (24 Organizations, 85 *participants)

*Note: Excluding JUNBA Board Members and staff(16 people)

The U.S. side:

  • California State University, East Bay
  • San Jose State University
  • Cal Maritime
  • San Francisco State University
  • CSU Chancellor's Office
  • Alameda School District Board
  • Stanford University

Japanese side (Main table attendees):

  • J.F. Oberlin University
  • Osaka University
  • Kagoshima University
  • Kyushu University
  • University of Tsukuba
  • Tokyo University of Science
  • Tohoku University
  • Toyohashi University of Technology
  • Nagoya Institute of Technology
  • Fukuoka Institute of Technology
  • Hosei University
  • Yokohama City University

Japanese side (observers):

  • Kitami Institute of Technology
  • Kyoto University
  • Nagoya University
  • Hirosaki University
  • University of Fukui
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