Research Presentations (session 4 of 5) - Nakaya, Zhang and Zhang

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Philippines Conference Room
Encina Hall, Third Floor, Central, C330
616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The format of this presentation is each of the three speakers will have approximately 15 minutes to present their research.  This will be followed by a short period of 5-10 minutes for any questions or comments from the audience.

 

In this session of the Corporate Affiliates Research Presentations, the following will be presented:

 

Daisuke Nakaya, Japan Air Self Defense Force, "Japan's Future Direction of Its Defense Program and the Strengthening of Japan-U.S. Alliance In Order to Deter Conflict" 

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Since the conclusion of the Japan-U.S. security treaty in 1960, Japan and the U.S. have built a robust alliance based on common value and interests and Japan has maintained its peace and security, centered on the Security Arrangement with the United States. On the other hand, security challenges and destabilizing factors in the Asia-Pacific region are becoming more serious. There has been a tendency towards an increase in and prolongation of so-called “gray-zone” situations, that is, neither pure peacetime nor contingencies, over territory, sovereignty, and maritime economic interests. In his research, Nakaya focuses on Japan’s ability to effectively deter conflict in this situation and shares insights on the future of Japan’s Defense Program and its effort to strength the Japan-U.S. alliance.

 

Shaofeng Zhang, PetroChina, "Risk Analysis on Project Finance for the Cross-border Infrastructure"

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Large infrastructures have huge influence on economic increase, social development and cultural development. With the increase of global integration, more and more cross-border large infrastructures have been developed, are under construction or planning to be constructed to enhance the regional corporations.

Project finance is the most frequently used way to finance large infrastructures, especially cross-border infrastructures, and risk is connected with every part. Risk analysis helps all parties involved to clarify the principles of risk allocation – allowing a reasonable amount of control on the whole. Therefore, these large cross-border infrastructures can be financed, constructed and operated smoothly to achieve their economic, social and cultural goals. In his research, Zhang shares how to analyze risks linked to the projects on the whole, the relationship between those risks, and how those risks can be best allocated to relevant parties and appropriately managed.

 

Xuan Zhang, Beijing Shanghe Shiji Investment Company,  "Future Education in China"

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Improvement science is a disciplined approach to educational innovation that supports teachers, leaders, and researchers in collaborating to solve specific problems of practice. It brings discipline and methods to different logics of innovation by integrating the following – problem analysis, user of research, development of solutions, measurement of processes and outcomes, and rapid refinement through plan-do-study-act cycles. For teachers, school leaders and system leaders, improvement science moves educational innovation out of the realm of “fad” and into the realm of research-based, evidence-driven continuous improvement with the goal of increasing the effectiveness and educational practice. Improvement science is explicitly designed to accelerate learning-by-doing and is a more user-centered and problem-centered approach to the future of education. Zhang will share a case study of how improvement science influences the future education innovation. In his presentation, Zhang focuses on networked improvement communities (NICs) which has been demonstrated to be the most benefitcial approach in improvement science.

 

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