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Report of the 5st International Summer Symposium

Date: 26 July 2003
Venue: JSCE Headquarters

The Fifth International Summer Symposium organised by the International Activities Committee of JSCE (Chair: Prof. S. Kusayanagi, Kochi University of Technology) was held at the JSCE Headquarters in Yotsuya, Tokyo, on 26 July, 2003. The Summer Symposium is held annually so as to provide an opportunity to exchange information and ideas concerned with various aspects of civil engineering among international students and engineers, including Japanese. The objective of the symposium also includes the promotion of international exchanges and mutual understanding between international communities and Japanese students and engineers. The Summer Symposium started in 1999 and has had a high reputation as a valuable opportunity for exchanges among students and engineers in English.

The number of attendants of the symposium was 128 (international students/ engineers: 83; Japanese students/engineers: 19; chairpersons/keynote lecturer/committee members: 26). There were a total of 91 technical presentation from 7 areas in civil engineering, including the keynote lecture given by Prof. K. Tsunokawa, Saitama University. The technical presentation sessions were followed by the Get-Acquainted Reception where there were lively exchanges between the participants.

The "Certificate of Excellence" was awarded, during this reception, to 15 speakers for their outstanding papers and presentations. The award winners are: Sopon Ritdumrongkul (University of Tokyo), Ali Alaghehbandian (University of Tokyo), Kanako Usui (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Danijel Kukaras (Okayama University), Mulyo Harris Pradono (Kyoto University), Paola Mayorca (University of Tokyo), Govinda Raj Pandey (Saitama University), Muhammad Waheed Sarwar (University of Tokyo), Assela Pathirana (Chuo University), Mohammed Fazlul Karim (Saitama University), Aliakbar Golshani (Saitama University), Pa Pa Win (Saitama University), Chamroon Tangpaisalkit (Ministry of Transport, Thailand), Riaz Ul-Islam (Saitama University), and Xiaofeng Wu (Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.).

The Summer Symposium closed with a promise to meet again in the Sixth International Summer Symposium to be held in next year.

(Yasunao Matsumoto, Chair, Organizing Committee of the Fifth International Summer Symposium, JSCE,)