AN,Kyoung Jin 特任講師

* What is APIEL program?

“Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL)" is the University of Tokyo's educational program to foster and network young leaders who have a broad perspective, strong willingness and substantial capability to take actions in Environmental Challenges especially in Asia while being aware of the global aspect of environmental issues. The definition of Environmental leaders, in this context involved the process of problem solving and making significant contributions to environmental problems in the 21st century. APIEL focuses on Asia, because as a matter of fact, Asia composed of many densely populated countries at different development stages which hold the key to build a sustainable human society within the inherent constraints of the world.


* Why is the program for environmental leaders needed?

There is no single solution exist in terms of environmental problem that can solve multifaceted community relations. Furthermore, the needs for environmental leadership have never been higher than in this era of complex and evident environmental problems in Asia. Therefore, we strongly believe that the leadership development in higher education is a priority element for improving the environment, and our program will contribute to society by fostering environmental leaders who possess a balanced understanding of ideas about environmental issues and the highest level of competence in making correct judgments and generating effective implementations. However, we reckon the current education system is lacking in providing holistic view on environmental issues, inter-or trans-disciplinary and hands-on experiences to our further leaders. Hence, APIEL in response to such challenges in higher education focuses on an open, participatory model and visible leadership development through various activities.


* Please let us know the past APIEL activities.

APIEL's activity can be introduced in three categories: 1) developing curriculum in class includes current environmental issues and widely recognized environmental problems in Asia; 2) building broad and resonant networks among the universities, research institutions and program graduates throughout Asia by conducting field exercise; and 3) organizing workshop and international symposium to discuss how best we can develop and expand the current education pedagogies and competence of Environmental Leadership. As for the field exercise, students are dispatched to Asian field sites such as Thailand, China, Vietnam and Cambodia to tackle real-world problems on-site. We also offer internship programs in cooperation with our collaborators (ADBI and JICA etc) within Japan. Please visit our website http://www.envleader.u-tokyo.ac.jp/index_e.html for detailed information


* Please give us your message to future environmental leaders.

Today's society needs environmental leaders who are responsible not only for technical solutions of the environmental problems but also for creating sustainable future systems and societies. Indeed, I think that all of us will find ourselves leading others at some time and place in our career, and that overt preparation for leadership should be an integral part of professional education and experience. It is true that Asian universities are relatively behind or distant from the global movements of networking in environmental education and participatory programs so far. If you are ambitious and striving for your better future, you should not miss the APIEL program while you are studying at the University of Tokyo. My belief, based on many years of professional experience, is that leadership can be learned. Hence, you can create positive change toward a vision of an environmentally friendly and/or better future with APIEL. You will learn how to seek common ground, negotiate and cooperate with other stakeholders to face complex and long term environmental problems. Knock on the APIEL's door to lead yourself to be a Leader!