On March 15, 2002, the “China Branch Exchange Meeting 2021” was held online, hosted by the Global Alumni Network of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (GAN-RENDAI), Tottori University.

GAN-RENDAI is an organization that serves as a platform for all those involved with the UGSAS(alumni, current students, related faculty, and related organizations) to interact.
China has the largest number of alumni among these countries, and in 2018, GAN-RENDAI established a China Branch, the first overseas branch for GAN-RENDAI.
This exchange meeting was planned and held in order to promote regular exchanges and close collaboration with the China Branch, and to make use of the plans for FY2020 that had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

At the exchange meeting, Chairperson of the GAN-RENDAI Dr. Motoichiro Kodama (Dean, of the UGSAS Tottori University) gave an opening address introducing the current status of the UGSAS, followed by congratulatory remarks from GAN-RENDAI China Branch President Mu Yueying (Professor, School of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University) and Vice President Kumi Yasunobu (Vice President, International Exchange Promotion, Tottori University).

Afterwards, Associate Professor An Ping of Tottori University’s Arid Land Research Center, alumni living in China, current students from China, and students from China Agricultural University each gave a presentation on their research, which was followed by a lively discussion with questions and answers from the approximately 60 participants.

At the end of the meeting, both Chairperson Kodama and Chairperson Mu promised to continue the exchange in the future. Everyone was reunited with old faces for the first time in a long time and continued to interact with each other even after the meeting was over.