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UCL-Japan Young Challenge


2015 UCL-Japan Young Challenge Summary 21st – 29th July 2015


Around 150 years ago, two groups of Japanese students came to University College London (UCL) from Choshu and Satsuma. They are known as Choshu-Five and Satsuma-Students, which includes Hirobumi Ito (First Prime Minister of Japan), Kaoru Inoue (First Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan), Akinori Mori (First Minister of Education of Japan), Tomoatsu Godai (Founder of Osaka Chamber of Commerce). After returning Japan, they had significant contribution to establish current modern Japan.

UCL cerebrates this history in association with many Japanese partners including universities, high schools, and industries. As a part of the celebration, UCL created a spacial summer school, “UCL-Japan Young Challenge” in 2015. UCL warmly invites Japanese and UK high school students and teachers to this summer school. In this school, the students and teachers participate into various educational activities/events. These include lectures by  professors of UCL and Cambridge, symposium, language lesson. In particular, we will organise “UCL-Japan Grand Challenge Workshop” ‘In the footsteps of the pioneers: new pioneers in dialogue’ which offers great opportunities for Japanese and UK high school students discuss together about 4 types of global problems with guidance of UCL professors. We firmly believe that the participants will have excellent international experience in top world universities of UCL and University of Cambridge.

This event is supported by CIIE.asia, Rikkyo School in England,   Fukushima Prefecture, University of Cambridge, The UCL Academy, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Foundation, Ajinomoto, and IHI.

Purpose of This Project

  • Be interested in global and social issues
  • Experience lectures at one of the best universities in the world
  • Think about the future career to study at the top universities
  • Use English as communication tool
  • Learn Japanese (for UK students)
  • International exchange with students in the UK and Japan
  • Autonomy, entreprise, and challenging mind

We also acknowledge strong supports of the following sponsors.


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