Prof. Hitoshi Yamada - Yokohama National University, Japan: “In my thinking, Danang Coastal City has been my second hometown”



Expressing his great emotion at the Ceremony of conferring honorary doctorate degree from UD, Prof. Hitoshi Yamada - Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan confided: “I would like to make a little comparison between Danang and Yokohama. As you know, not similar to Tokyo or Osaka, Yokohama is not the political center and there are no strong economic activities such as Osaka.

Danang has really been my hometown!

Prof. Hitoshi Yamada, GS.TS. – Yokohama National University

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However, the specific characteristic of Yokohama only but no other place is the presence of the international community. YNU is home to students from many countries and regions! Do you think that this is quite similar to Da Nang City today?

The sea is the root of my hometown. I am not sensitive to have found many similarities with my coastal hometown of Fujisawa. Nature between the two cities is identical. And this time, Danang where I am awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree has really become my hometown. This is one of the happiest things that I am feeling in this second home.


Prof. Tran Van Nam, President of the University of Danang (UD) awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree and flower to congratulate Prof. Hitoshi Yamada – YNU, Japan

Scientific record of Prof. Hitoshi Yamada is quoted as follows,

Doctorof Engineeringin Civil Engineering, (March 1984)

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JAPAN

Masterof Engineeringin Civil Engineering, (March 1980)

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JAPAN

Bachelor of Engineeringin Civil Engineering, (March 1978)

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JAPAN

Professor, Institute of Urban Innovation, Yokohama National University (April, 2015)

Member of Education and Research Council (April, 2008- )

Executive Director, Vice-president and Professor, Yokohama National University (April 2013-March 2015)

Professor, Institute of Urban Innovation, Yokohama National University (April, 2011- March 2013)

Executive Vice-president, Yokohama National University (April 2009- March 2013)

Presidential Aide, Yokohama National University (April, 2003-March 2009)

Chairperson, Division of Environment and System Sciences, Graduate school of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University (April, 2003-)

Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University (April, 2001-March 2011)

Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Yokohama National University (April, 2000-March, 2001)

Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University (August, 1998-March, 2000)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University (April, 1986-July, 1998)

Research Associate, Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University (April, 1981-March, 1986

New landmark of UD in an effort to reach out to the world with the quality and prestige of the University

 Stepping up international cooperation is the consistent policy of UD from its establishment to the present. This activity is increasingly expanding in many different forms. Whereas formerly, UD was only the recipient, sending staff abroad for training, in the recent years we have established bilateral cooperation in the spirit of equality.

And, one of the efforts of UD to reach to the world by its capacity, quality and prestige is to confer the Honorary Doctorate Degree for a number of foreign citizens for their outstanding achievements in research, teaching and cooperation development with UD.

Prof.Dr. Tran Van Nam presented souvenir gift to congratulate Prof.Dr.Hitoshi Yamada – YNU, Japan.

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Prof. Hitoshi Yamada, YNU is the one who placed the first stone for academic cooperation relationship between UD and YNU since 2008, signed the memorandum of understanding with the University of Science and Technology, UD in 2008 and with UD in 2011 »- said Prof. Tran Van Nam, president of UD and  Honorary Doctor of Yokohama National University.

The honored award for those who has outstanding contribution to Vietnam development

Prof. Hitoshi Yamada is the leading expert of engineering industry of Japan, former Vice President of YNU.

Over the years, Professor has made major contributions to the development of the country of Vietnam, Danang city and UD through the projects: Technology transfer of cable-stayed bridge; Bridge Health Monitoring project at Thuan Phuoc Bridge - Danang; Wind resistant design verification of the primary and final design proposal of the Can Tho Cable-stayed Bridge; Cooperation agreement on the human resources and academic development between Yokohama city and Danang city, ect

With his enormous contribution, Prof. Hitoshi Yamada has been awarded the Certificate of Merit in 2013 by the Government of Vietnam.

As for UD, Prof. Hitoshi Yamada acted as Supervisor for 20 students since 1990; was the one who took the initiative and participated in establishing the Center for Risk Management and Safety Sciences of YNU at UD in 2011, as well as representative office of YNU in Danang in 2014 ... Through his scientific credibility and relations, Prof. Yamada has introduced many leading Japanese business to UD. In which we must include JFE Steel Corporation who has supported UD with equipments and collaborative research in advanced technology and regularly awarded scholarships to students of the University of Science and Technology – UD. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Tran Van Nam expressed: “We believe that Prof. Hitoshi Yamada, who has been awarded the honorary doctorate degree today, along with other honorary doctor awarded by UD, will act as ambassadors of the university, contribute to expanding the reputation of UD to the world, strengthen existing international relationships and develop new collaboration, consolidate and develop collaborative relationship deeply and strongly of  higher education systems between Vietnam and Japan, particularly between UD and YNU.

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