Foreign student interviews

Amila

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Name, status

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Hi, I am Amila from Sri Lanka. Currently I am reading for my PhD in environmental and information studies at Itsubo life cycle assessment laboratory. I decided to join Itsubo laboratory since I wanted to become an expert in life cycle assessment.

Introduction of your research

Plastic litter related pollution is a global concern. Plastics having longer after-use lifespan, the evaluation of environmental impact is a challenge. I focus on how to incorporate plastic litter into product life cycle assessment. Specially I am curious about the impacts of microplastics in water environment.

Your motivations joining our lab

I wanted to mitigate environmental pollution in my country. During my initial discussion with Prof. Itsubo and some of the researchers, I realized that this research environment would help me to fulfill my requirement. Itsubo lab provides great study environment, local and international exposure. I was able to engage in projects with top ranked Japanese companies. Moreover, I was able to travel conferences and research meetings in North America and Europe. This enhanced my knowledge and expanded my research networks.

Your message

Japan is a great country to enjoy as an international student. Apart from my studies, I enjoy my life in Japan a lot. Itsubo lab provides a good platform to perform as a good researcher while maintaining a healthy and enjoyable life.

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Selim Karkour

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Name, status

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My name is Selim Karkour, I am currently a 2nd year doctor student in Itsubo laboratory. Originally from France where I graduated with a Master course in Mechanical Engineering, after I decided to join Itsubo laboratory to study about environmental science especially about Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Introduction of your research

My research is focusing on evaluating the damage of air pollution and water scarcity in Africa. In the future, the African population is projected to be the 2nd highest in the world with a population around 2.5 billion by 2050. The continent is already suffering from several environmental problems, air pollution is causing more than 1 million deaths every year for example.

Your motivations joining our lab

Knowing already several universities in Japan prior my coming to Tokyo City University, I can confirm that Itsubo laboratory is one of the best international places in Japan. Several researches are conducted at a global scale, what is more Professor Itsubo always encourage us to present our achievements in the biggest international conferences.

Your message

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Please join us as soon as possible! I am looking forward to studying together. I believe that exchanging culture,ideas is very important and can help us to learn and grow together.

Runya Liu (劉潤椏)

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Status

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From China, now studying in Graduate School of Environmental and Information Studies, Master program 1-year.

Introduction of your research

The current study is concerning about the desertification’s environmental impact by applying the life cycle assessment (LCA) concept. The desertification is definitely an old-school story for us to know, a kind of land degradation occurs in the dryland areas. Given that characters of desertification, complexity of causes and development, made it study quantitative difficultly, the most of qualitative studies about desertification are limited to concern within the specific temporal scale, then it will always lead the limitation to the result for social to recognize these problems. LCA is quantitative method assessing the environmental problem, which originally started with the manufacturing system or productions to monitoring the manufactural process associating with environmental issues. With the development of the LCA, researchers spreading the aspects to a wider field. This kind of creative study concerning both development of assessing method within LCA and impact assessment of desertification will make up for the mutual limitations, broaden the possibility for showing a dynamic, inclusive idea while acknowledging environmental issues.

Your motivations joining our lab

When I first time to know the LCA, I was surprise by the inclusive character and potential development in the future. Knowing its developing speed imbalance in the world, I sincerely hope this department could have a high-speed development in China also, I make up my mind to contact with Professor. Itsubo. As every foreign student did, I was nervous and shy with my poor Japanese to connect with Professor even been stressful as a beginner for this department could be rejected. However, Professor. Itsubo is inclusively receipt the research proposal and give me a gate to enter this department, then I finally have a chance to keep on ‘struggling’ my dream.

Your merits studying at this lab

Our campus is located near the Yokohama, you can have an amazing studying life with enjoying the Yokohama’s comfortable pace.
Our lab is globally consisted, feel free to exchange and share your thought with anyone here.
Have a more considerate acknowledgement with environment issues and LCA.
Have various chance to exchange your idea with experts and access to the knowledge feast.
Join your second warm family with your study progressing.

Your message

Joining with us, feel free to learn together and make progress together. Just do something awesome help to change the world style.

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