2015 Summary

UCL-Japan Young Challenge  2015

21st – 29th July 2015 UCL-Japan Young Challenge 2015 was held from 21st to 29th July. The project for 2016 will be released here shortly.

UCL-Japan Young Challenge 2015は、同年7月21日から29日の日程で開催され、好評のもと終了いたしました。 2016年は、7月22日から31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。

2015 Contents



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

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: 21st – 29th July 2015
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)

Associated events

Both UK and Japanese students

  • Welcome (21 July, 2015)
  • UCL Contributors & Lecturers (22 July, 2015)
  • Campus visits (23 July, 2015)
  • UCL-taster study experiences (22-23 July, 2015)
  • Cultural exchange/discussions (24-26, 28 July, 2015)

Japanese student only

  •  Lecture “UK(UCL)-Japan interaction and importance of internationalisation” (22 July, 2015)
  • Meeting with established Japanese experts in UK
  •  Active Talk with Japanese Professionals in London – (22 July, 2015)
  •  Cambridge Contributors & Lecturers (27 July, 2015)