About Us (To be updated) 


International Platform for Dryland Research and Education (IPDRE) was established in January 2015 with the view of developing university-wide research and education focusing on drylands and developing countries, and forming a Japan’s top-level research and education center.

IPDRE is committed to purse truly interdisciplinary research and education, involving professors from various scientific fields across all faculties, the Center for International Affairs and the Organization for Regional Industrial Academic Cooperation of Tottori University, which is based on state-of-art research facilities and scientific achievements of the university’s Arid Land Research Center that has been working on dryland studies such as combating global desertification.


  • To create an environment to deploy the cross research and education through the all faculties joined by professors from the fields of Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, which is based on the scientific knowledge of the dryland science built mainly by Arid Land Research Center, a unique strength of Tottori University.
  • To contribute to the sustainable development of Tottori and other areas such as drylands and developing countries in the world through achieving the practical use of technical findings developed by Tottori University as well as enhancing collaboration with overseas related institutions.
  • To enhance the function of Arid land Research Center.

Management Organization

  • President shall be assigned as an Executive Director and Trustee(Research) shall be assigned as a Vice Executive Director of IPDRE and they shall develop Partnership among the divisions including Arid land Research Center, all the Faculties, and Center for International Affairs.
  • Extramural experts as well as concerned parties of Tottori University shall join the operation of IPDRE to ensure transparency to the societies.
  • Five research projects and educational/training programs shall be setup in the Strategic Management Office of IPDRE to achieve the mission.

Figure of IPDRE Management Structure

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  • For planning and implementation of research and education mainly on dryland and developing countries.
  • For collaboration with both domestic and overseas educational research institutions, private companies, etc.
  • For planning and implementation of international education and training programs.
  • Other necessary operations to achieve the IPDRE’s goals.