International activities of AFRC are a high priority. In 1979, the center was nominated by UNESCO as an Associated Center of the Asia-Pacific Program of Educational Innovation for Development in the field of agricultural education. The Tsukuba Asian Seminar on Agricultural Education (TASAE) was held annually from 1979 to 2007. The need for sustainable development is more and more critical so TASAE was replaced with the International Symposium on Agricultural Education for Sustainable Development (Ag-ESD Symposium) to promote reform and improvements in agricultural higher education with consideration for environmental problems from an international viewpoint.

 The Ag-ESD Symposium is held annually to focus on currents issues, i.e. food safety, food security, and environmental impacts, related to education for sustainable development. The symposium and other activities of AFRC promote the development of international cooperation in sustainable agriculture through a variety of programs.

 Deepening of cooperation between administrators, educators and researchers from universities with which the University of Tsukuba has MOU agreements.

 Internship programs to allow graduate students to directly participate in international programs and organization of international symposia.
 As a part of Ag-ESD Program, Ag-ESD Internship (1 credit) course is offered to the graduate students and exchange program between MOU universities, ie, Kasetsart University, Bogor Agricultural University, University of the Philippines at Los Baños, and also a program to support the reconstruction of Afghanistan is carried out.


Ag-ESD Symposium 2016


Journal of Developments in
Sustainable Agriculture

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