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Japanese students learn about Danish agriculture’s experience with sustainability 

The Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, strengthened its Japanese ties via a summer university with a focus on Danish agriculture and environment.

2017.08.04 | Janne Hansen

Professor Jørgen E. Olesen from the Department of Agroecology was one of the teachers at the Japanese-Danish summer university.

Japanese PhD and master students with a focus on Danish agriculture and Danish experience regarding nutrient loss reduction to the benefit of nature, the environment and finances have been on a summer visit to Denmark as part of a collaboration between, among others, Aarhus University and Hokkaido University in Japan. This took place during a year that marks the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Danish diplomatic relations and on a background of historical free trade agreements between Japan and the EU.

The visitors comprised the first class of students at AU-HU Joint Summer University, which is a collaboration between Aarhus University, Hokkaido University, the farmer’s organisation Vestjysk Landboforening, Innovest and Ringkøbing Skjern Municipality. Most of the 20 students came from Japan, but some also came from China, Taiwan, Sweden, Austria and Denmark. Their stay in Denmark consisted of one week with lectures and visits to work places, including one to the research centre AU Foulum.

The focus of the summer university was on methods to reduce the loss of nitrogen and other nutrients to the environment. To this end, the students were shown good examples of development of sustainable agriculture. 

- I can say with great conviction that our students have learned a lot about how this region’s modern society has been established and built up, and how people live in harmonious interaction with resource management, such as in relation to food, land and water. We are extremely satisfied with  Ringkøbing Skjern as a destination for AU-HU Joint Summer University and very grateful for the hospitality we have been shown, says Professor and Dean at the Graduate School of Global Food Resources at Hokkaido University, Takashi Inoue.

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University is one of the partners in the Danish-Japanese connection. 

- We are incredibly proud that 20 participants from a leading Japanese university flew all the way to Denmark to acquire some of our skills within the field of modern high-quality, low-pollution food production. We can also learn a lot from them. I am pleased that our strong focus on the interaction between theory and practice has enabled us to demonstarate Central Denmark Region, which is a leader in food production in an international perspective, says Professor Tommy Dalgaard, Department of Agroecology.

For more information please contact: Professor Tommy Dalgaard, Department of Agroecology, telephone: +45 8715 7746, mobile: +45 2070 6132, email: tommy.dalgaard@agro.au.dk



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