On Saturday April 16, fiscal year of 2016 Akita University the Urban Mine Development Master Training Course Opening Ceremony was held on the second floor of the Center for Regional Development. This is the fourth year that this course has been held through a partnership between Akita University Graduate School of Engineering Resources and Akita Prefecture.
This year eight people are joining the program. There are seven adults and one graduate school student.
At the ceremony, Mikio Muraoka, Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering Resources gave a speech. He said, "I would pay my respects to you all for your commitment and strong desire to join this this course. I hope that this course will have great influence on your current and future career, leading you to new developments and to take on challenges.
Then a representative of the students gave a speech saying, "First, I would like to assist in making Akita Prefecture to be a ‘special recycle zone.’” As part of a government reform project, areas can be designated as special areas to serve as testing grounds for deregulation and structural reform. The special recycle zone designation is one such area. He continued, “For that I will try my best to learn about the current state of urban mining.” Urban mining is the practice of recycling used electronics as a way to collect rare earth minerals. “I want to learn about urban mining efforts that have been done in the past, and current research of techniques and challenges. I will take actions based on the knowledge that I will be gaining through this course. Also I would like to advance those skills and broaded our knowledge to increase Japan’s national strength."
・Akita Urban Mine Development Master Training Course
Akita University Graduate School of Engineering Resources held a special "Urban Mine (Recycling) Development Master Training Course". This course was supported by MEXT (the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) from 2008 until 2012, and it continues to be held through a partnership with Akita Prefecture. The goal of this course is to nurture students who will grow into people who can contribute to environmental education, as well as the promotion and expansion of recycling industries. Starting in 2013, students who complete the course could receive a certificate as proof of their accomplishment.