Overseas Fieldstations

Kyoto University has established a number of field stations as hubs for researchers’ and students’ field activities around the world. From 2002, 7 field stations in 6 countries in Southeast Asia were set up as a part of research activities of the 21st Century COE Program “Aiming for COE of Integrated Area Studies” (2002~2006). Several years passed since then and currently there are 8 field stations in Southeast Asia; Pekanbaru (Indonesia), Makassar (Indonesia), Kuching (Malaysia), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Vientiane (Laos), Yezin (Myanmar), Yangon(Myanmar) and Hồ Chí Minh (Vietnam). These stations support researchers and students not only from Japan but also from partner countries and are expanding and enhancing Kyoto University’s international network. A number of collaborative workshops and symposiums have been held in field stations for offering opportunities to present scientific findings back to partner societies. The activities in these field stations must promote relations between researchers and institutions in Japan and Southeast Asia as well as contribute to the development of Kyoto University’s international research and education.