The 1st Vietnam-Japan Workshop on Youth Mediated Communication

Non-Profit Organization Pangaea is co-hosting the three-day academic Workshop on Youth Mediated Communication (YMC) with Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Vietnam, and Vietnam National University from Friday May 20th to Sunday May 22nd, 2011 at University of Science, Vietnam National University, HCMC.

The workshop is organized to initiate the Vietnam-Japan interdisciplinary academic group among researchers in informatics, agriculture and education to promote rural development in Vietnam. Reviewing the results from the YMC field test held between February and March 2011 in TràÔn District, Vĩnh Long Province, Vietnam and discussing short and long term objectives, the interdisciplinary group is determined to deliver further enriched research and development to contribute to the rural development in Vietnam utilizing YMC.

As a result of the survey held after the YMC field test;

  1. 96% of participating Vietnamese farmers answered that they could obtain helpful information from children, and that they would like to try suggested solutions by Japanese agricultural experts communicated through children.
  2. 100% of children answered that they are more interested in farming after YMC experience, that they had fun using PC and mobile, and that they would like to continue to participate.
  3. It was found as children became more interested in farming, there were more conversation between parents and children, which improved their relationship.

Date & Time: 9:00-10:30 on Saturday May 21, 2011

Venue: Room I23, University of Science, Vietnam National University-HCM 227 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 5, HCMC, Vietnam.

*Please see entire three-day program at YMC Workshop site:

Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order): 

  • Ms. Tran Ngan Hoa (Co-chair) Center of Informatics and Statistic, MARD
  • Dr. Trieu Van Hung Director of Science, Technology and Environment Department, MARD
  • Prof. Toru Ishida Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University
  • Prof. Takaharu Kameoka Graduate school of Bioresources, Mie University
  • Ms. Yumiko Mori (Co-Chair) President, NPO Pangaea
  • Prof. Seishi Ninomiya Institute for Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services, University of Tokyo
  • Prof. Vũ Hải Quân University of Science, Vietnam National University-HCM
  • Mr. Toshiyuki Takasaki Vice President, NPO Pangaea / Researcher Kyoto University


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