2016 Summary

UCL-Japan Young Challenge 2016

22nd July – 1st Aug 2016

UCL-Japan Young Challenge 2016 was held from 22nd Jul to 1st Aug.

UCL-Japan Young Challenge 2016は、同年7月22日から8月1日の日程で開催され、好評のもと終了いたしました。 2017年は、7月21日から30日の日程で現在募集を行っております。詳細は募集要項をご覧下さい。

2016 Contents

Final report in English(Report/PDF)
最終報告書日本語(PDF)                   日程表(Schedule)
UCL Grand Challenge Programme
Grand Challenge Event
UCL Contributors & Lecturers
Active Talk with Japanese Professionals in London
Cambridge Programme – Cambridge University
Lectures in Cambridge
Cambridge Contributors & Lecturers


Shin-ichi Ohnuma,
PhD, University College London, UCL
Chair, UCL-Japan Young Challenge Committee
Chair, The 150 Year Anniversary of UK-Japan Academic Interaction

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 celebrated this history in association with many Japanese partners including universities, high schools, and industries. As a part of the celebration, UCL warmly invited Japanese high school students and Japanese teachers to “UCL-Japan Grand Challenge Event” ‘In the footsteps of the pioneers: new pioneers in dialogue’ which offered great opportunities for high school students from Japan to communicate with UK students and discuss 4 types of global problems with guidance of UCL professors. We firmly believe that the participants had excellent experience to interact with UK students and international experts in UCL.

This event was supported by:

CIIE.asia ( http://ciie.asia/en/ ),
Rikkyo School in England ( http://www.rikkyo.co.uk/special/information-in-english.html ),
The UCL Academy ( http://www.uclacademy.co.uk ),
Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (http://www.gbsf.org.uk/ ),
Fujitsu (http://www.fujitsu.com/global/ ), and
ANA (http://www.ana.co.jp/asw/LocaleSelectServlet ).
In addition, we organised “one week UK education programme” in association with University of Cambridge, Rikkyo School in England, and travel agent, Japan@UK http://japanatuk.com/en/ ).

Purpose of This Project

Be interested in global and social issues
Experience lectures at one of the best university in the world
Think about the future career to study at the top universities
Use English as communication tool
International exchange with students in UK
Autonomy, entreprise, and challenging mind
Venue: UCL main campus in London
Dates: 22nd July  1st Aug 2016
Japanese participants: Around 30 high school students and 15 teachers.
UK participants: A similar number of students from UCL Academy and other high schools.
Quality of students: We expect that each school will select very good students who are able to communicate with UK students in English (Eiken 2nd degree level).

Grand Challenge Seminar

UCL Grand Challenges are the mechanisms through which expertise from across UCL and beyond can be brought together to address the world’s key problems. They support researchers to think about how their work relates to global issues.

Students from Japan and UK will discuss about grand challenge themes, “Global Health”, “Sustainable Cities”, “Intercultural Interaction” and “Human Wellbeing”, which are the world key problems under guidance of UCL experts. After discussion, we will organize student’s presentation. We hope that this will encourage the students to understand about our current problems and to think our future.
Grand Challenges Information: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges

Session 1: Global Health
(medicine, science, technology, policies, regulation, etc)

Session 2: Sustainable Cities
(politics, society, technology, science etc)

Session 3: Intercultural Interaction
(social and cultural diversity, human rights, policies,diplomacy, history etc)

Session 4: Human Wellbeing
(philosophy, law, economics, psychology, architecture, art, etc)