Holding of the 8th International Joint Summer Seminar: “Regional and Local Development in the Post-Pandemic Era”

Student/Faculty Activities 2023.07.24

The International Joint Summer Seminar “Regional and Local Development in the Post-Pandemic Era” will be held from August 7th to 10th. It will be held face-to-face for the first time in 4 years. Students from our overseas partner universities, the University of the Philippines Los Baños, De La Salle University (Philippines), IPB University (Indonesia), Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Shanghai International Studies University, and Heilongjiang University (China) plan to participate in this seminar. Together with UNP students, they will visit sake breweries in Niigata city and factories in the Tsubame-Sanjo area to explore ways to develop the region after the pandemic.

On July 14, the “Summer Seminar Online Café” was held so that students who will take part in the Joint Summer Seminar could get to know each other via Zoom before they meet in person next month.

Photos of the July 14th “Summer Seminar Online Café”



【The 8th Summer Seminar was held 】

The 8th Summer Seminar “Regional and Local Development in the Post-Pandemic Era” was held for four days from August 7 (Mon.) to August 10 (Thu.). A total of 42 participants, including UNP students and students from partner universities in the Philippines, Indonesia, and China, studied regional revitalization strategies through special lectures and took part in group work. In addition, students experienced fieldwork in Niigata City (visits to: Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery, Minemura Brewery, and the Northern Culture Museum—for rice cake making), and visits to Tsubame City (Gyokusendo and Toujiro factories, Yahiko Shrine), and a Sanjo City visit (Marunao factory). Since these face-to-face activities had been restricted for the past few years due to the COVID-19, the students all seemed to enjoy the seminar while at the same time seriously learning new information. During these activities, the students exchanged opinions mainly in English and sometimes in Japanese. On the final day, each group made a presentation on what they had learned during the seminar looking at how Niigata can make use of its resources to revitalize. Based on screening by our faculty, two groups, Group 1 and Group 5, were selected for the Best Presentation Award. Congratulations to Group 1 and Group 5!


Group 1: “Niigata : Road to Becoming a Global Destination”(Zou Xin, Kevin Naufal Eryogia, Ogawa Kano, Higuchi Yuta, Osawa Mei, Ngo Khanh Linh)

Presentation materials: Group 1


Group 5: “The Next Chapter for Niigata : Manufacturing and Tourism”(Poon Ling Suet Helen, Patalbo Rona Francis Gardoce, Antipolo Marry Vic Siazar, Fukuda Nao, Kozuka Tsumugi, Fu Linjun)

Presentation materials: Group 5