Posted in 8 December 2015, by Mic, kategori News, Urban & Regional Planning, Visiting Professor

visitingprofesor1Professor of Kyoto University, Japan re-visit Department of Urban and Regional Planning (PWK), Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya (FT-UB) in an editorial of Visiting Professor. This time, present as a speaker is an expert in the field of Economic Infrastructure, Associate Professor (A/P) Kakuya Matsushima.

These lecturer of the Graduate School of Engineering stayed in Malang for 3 days, 4 to 6 December 2015. In a very short visit, he will give a guest lecture at the Transport Studio on the first day.

He gave a Guest lectures on Transportation Infrastructure Development and Financing in the first session and then proceed with the discussion of Smart City and Face to Face Communication in the second session.

“Smart City is a city which was built because of the relationship started from an individual being, a family, and up to a greater extent, town,” said Matsushima Kakuya in PWK boardroom, Friday, December 4, 2015.

“From there it will build capital resources that make a better life and a better city,” he continued.

On the second day, Kakuya Matsushima visited the Tiga Warna beach, Sumber Manjing Wetan Malang Regency accompanied by representatives of PWK lecturer. Professor who is focusing his research in the field of civil engineering planning and economics transport interested in learning tourism management by local communities.

Furthermore, Kakuya Matsushima reveals the benefits for both sides with this Visiting Professor program. For UB, such visits is in accordance with its internationalization mission. But for the University of Kyoto, this visit will enrich the research process both theoretically or empirically.

“A lot of things I met on the field will enrich or provide something new for our research,” he said.

This is in line with the values ​​and mission of Kyoto University to become a leading university in Asia, especially in the field of research.

One thing he interested in and in accordance with which he researched is the transportation conditions in Indonesia today. He said the condition is similar to what occurred in Japan between 20-30 years ago.

But the difference is economic conditions that support it. Moreover, nowadays smartphone technology widely circulated in the community. Based on his research, it affects the mobility of the population which later affecting transport conditions.

“I’m very curious about what will happen to the transportation conditions in Indonesia in the next 5-10 years in these conditions,” he added.

To improve the condition of transportation in Indonesia he provided 3 ways inputs. First, in economics aspect, by increasing the price of motor vehicles. Second, the government’s policy, to promote public transport. And the latter is psychologically through education from an early age to the community. (and/mic)

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