President of Kyoto Seika University
Oussouby SACKO is Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Humanities at Kyoto Seika University, Japan, and was Dean of Faculty from April 2013 until March 2017. Actually President of Kyoto Seika University since April 2018. He is also affiliated to the Graduate School of Humanities and to the Graduate School of Design (Architecture). Born in Mali (Bamako), he went to China (Beijing and Nanjing) after graduating from High School to pursue his education in the field of Architecture. He got a Bachelor Degree from South-East University (Dongnan Daxue), Nanjing China. He moved to Japan afterward and got a Master Degree and a Doctor Degree of Engineering in the field of Architecture and Architecture Planning from the Graduate School of Engineering at Kyoto University, Japan. He is member of Ordre des Architectes du Mali (OAM) and member of many scientific associations such as, The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), Architectural Design Association of Nippon (ADAN), The City Planning Institute of Japan (CPIJ), Japan Association For African Studies (JAAS), Society for the Study of Early Modern Kyoto, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), ICOMOS-MALI, ICOMOS-ISCARSAH, ICOMOS-ISCEAH and many others. He has been conducted field researches and worked on housing planning, policy and design in Mali and Japan. Recently, his main interest is on community architecture, community re-design and architecture conservation, restoration in historical sites. He has recently conducted field researches in Japan, China, Mali, Mauritania’s historical cities, Burkina Faso and Niger.
It is time for the African dream to come true with a dynamic and well-educated young generation. Sub Sahara African countries have suffered for their lack of adequate education, which leads to extreme poverty and, rapid urbanization results in social instability. Youth plays a vital role in the development process and the only way for African countries to achieve their sustainable development goals is to let high-conscious and responsible young people participating in the development process. I will do my best to support youth education and integration. I would very much welcome Ashinaga Africa Initiative and hope to have more collaboration.