First international conference on urbanization in Africa to be held in Japan on Aug. 9
13 July 2012
Tokyo, Japan


21st Century Education and Research International Liaison Project for Global Problem-Solving was inaugurated as part of Sophia University 100th Anniversary Project. The object of International Liaison Project is to explore the problems that mankind is facing today in th era of ongoing globalization. These problems are problems of conflict, poverty, environment, education on a global scale. How can they best be solved? The Project is the search, by scholars and other professionals, for clues to solve the basic questions that have been raised by glovavl scale crisis.

The Project brings together the knowledge and expertise of a wide range of specialists in universities, governments, corporations, international organizations, NGOs, and the media. By examining and analyzing the past experience and achievements, the Project team aims at bringing hope for the society.

In recent years, many and complex new problems that grew out of urbanization in Africa has made the global issues appear in an entirely new light. Thus they are creating a demand for interdisciplinary academic approach which would call for increased exchange of ideas and measures among scholars in various fields of study.

What type of integrated approach would serve to meet the rise of a whole new set of problems brought about by Africa’s urban development? This question will be addressed in the symposium. The speakers with differing points of view will examine the African issue in depth and join their efforts to find ways of coping successfully with this problem.


Urbanization in Africa and the Emergence of New Global Scale Issues
Date and Time:
Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Sophia University Conference Hall 2-1702
Keynote speech:
“Engaging Africa’s Urban Future”
Dr. Edgar Pieterse, Professor and Director, African Centre for Cities (ACC) at University of Cape Town
“Sustainability Principles & Frameworks”
Dr. Gary Kendall, Deputy Director, University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership: CPSL
Sophia University 100th Anniversary Project,
“21st Century Education and Research International Liaison Project for Global Problem-Solving”
Project organizers:
Professor Yoshihiro Oto, Faculty of Humanities,
Associate Professor Yuto Kitamura, Faculty of Human Sciences

Sponsor and support

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Tokyo Center
Asahi Newspaper*
Akira Foundation

* Asahi Newspaper/Asahi Shimbun (Asahi, in short), established in 1879, is one of the largest and oldest national newspapers in Japan. The Asahi has alliance with the International Herald Tribune, which is owned by The New York Times and publishes the International Herald Tribune/The Asahi Shimbun together.