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Global Asia Institute launches speaker series

07 Apr 2010



DIALOGUE SESSION: (from left) Director of the International Research Centre for Sustainable Transport and Cities Prof Yoshitsugu Hayashi; Director of the NUS Global Asia Institute as well as Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute of Water Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Prof Seetharam Kallidaikurichi E; and Associate Professor from the NUS Department of Civil Engineering, Prof Lee Der Horng.


OPENING ADDRESS: Prof Seetharam Kallidaikurichi E introducing the three main themes of GAI Research Programmes
The Global Asia Institute (GAI) at NUS held their inaugural dialogue session under GAI's Speaker Series on 5 Apr 2010. The guest speaker at the session was Prof Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Director of the International Research Centre for Sustainable Transport and Cities, and former Dean of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University, Japan. Prof Hayashi is also the Chair of the Scientific Committee, World Conference on Transport Research Society.

He spoke on the topic of "High Speed Rail: The Economic Effects and Environmental Efficiency with Policy Implications for Asian Countries". His presentation covered the classification of the results of model analysis on the effects of Japan's bullet train (the Japanese Shinkansen) and the policy implications for Asian countries, highlighting the environmental aspects of inter-city transportation by comparing it with the Japanese Shinkansen.

The panellists participating in the dialogue session include Prof Yoshitsugu Hayashi; Director of the NUS Global Asia Institute as well as Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute of Water Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Prof Seetharam Kallidaikurichi E; and Associate Professor from the NUS Department of Civil Engineering, Prof Lee Der Horng.

GAI was set up in September 2009 with the aim to take the lead in research and scholarship directed at topics pivotal to Asia's future. Driven by the mission to provide in-depth insights to shape the nature of 21st Century Asia, GAI will take a holistic approach to the fundamental issues confronting Asia and the world. By focusing on integrative studies, the work of the Institute will go beyond public policies and also deal with matters of technological importance.



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