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KOMEX Special Division of Environmental and Energy Sciences

Our division was established in June 2007 under the Komaba Organization for Educational Development (KOMED) as one among several centers for fostering human resources and multidisciplinary research initiated and sponsored by the New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO). we have been offering classes relating to the environment and energy as part of the liberal arts curriculum under KOMEX since 2010.

Our main activities are as follows:

(1) Cross-disciplinary, integrative educational programs relating to the environment and energy

We offer integrated and thematic courses as an educational program devoted to fostering skills for cross-disciplinary problem solving crucial for dealing with environmental and energy issues. These integrated and thematic courses provide real-life examples of problem solving by drawing on concrete cases of present concern and available research. Previous courses and lecture series include 'Basic Survey of Environmental and Energy Technology (Integrated Course)', 'Global Environment (Integrated Course)', 'Technological Practice in the Solution of Environmental and Energy Problems (Thematic Course)', 'Renewable Energies (Thematic Course)'.

(2) Small-sized and hands-on seminars relating the environment and energy

We organize small-sized but thematically wide-ranging Seminars, such as "Technical and Social Aspects of Renewable Energies" or "International Politics of Global Environmental Issues and Dynamics of Domestic Policy Making", as part of an educational program aimed at providing students with real-life understanding of current environmental and energy issues and skills needed for interpreting them. We also offer field practice seminars where students visit sites dealing with environmental and energy problems to experience actual situations and concrete methods for solving problems on the spot, thus learning the importance of accurately assessing the reliability and basis of academically acquired knowledge.

(3) 3. Provision of factual information and development of teaching materials for environmental and energy education

As part of our effort to spread interest and concern about environmental and energy problems we further engage in the following activities aimed at putting the educational resources concerning the environment and energy gained in this project to effective use: (1) organization of symposia and podium discussions, (2) building and maintenance of a video archive of courses relating to the environment and energy, (3) production of video programs on sustainable energy and the environment, (4) exhibitions and presentations related to renewable energy, (5) maintenance of an e-mail newsletter and blog (http://ut-ecoene-blog.blogspot.com/). Please visit our website for further information.

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