Programme 2019

Co-organized by

Japan Foundation


About Our Programme

10 days of your challenge

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-19, 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 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 6 types of global problems(UCL Grand Challenge) 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.

The event is co-organized by the UJYC Executive Committee and Japan Foundation.

This event is supported by UK Japan Institute, Rikkyo School in England,   University of Cambridge, The UCL Academy, Great Britain Sasakawa FoundationJSPSIHI, Embassy of Japan and many other organizations and individuals. 

Purposes of This Programme

  • 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


Programme 2019

The topic of the  2019 UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is "Accessibility for All: Sports, AI and Robotics" and students from a range of backgrounds will discuss various social issues with a scope of "accessibility". The detailed information can be found in the latest brochure below. (Brochure coming soon)

Public Events

Events now Finished!

Thank you!


    "Accessibility to All ~ Sports, AI and Robotics"

Film Screening:

 "Imphal 1944" & Director's Talk Session by Junichi Kajioka



Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the globe

Paul Grainger

Professor at Institute of Education, UCL

Junichi Kajioka

Film Director and Actor

John Coates

Emeritus Sadleirian Professor of Pure Mathematics at 

University of Cambridge

Jennifer Brookes

Senior Research Associate London Centre for


Noel Thatcher MBE

5-time Paralympic

                       gold medalist

Noriko Cable

Research fellow at

  UCL Institute of 

        Epidemiology & Health

Mark Ainslie

Research Fellow of

Royal Academy of Engineering

Caroline Trotter

Principal Research Associate,

Dpt. Veterinary Medicine,

University of Cambridge

Masashi Narita

Group Leader at

Cancer Research UK 

   Cambridge Institute,

      University of Cambridge

Riko Sherratt

Japanese Language Teacher

Naomi Hirose

Vice Chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company

Marcos Vera Hernandez

Associate Professor at

Dpt. Economics, UCL

​Shinichi Ohnuma

Professor at UCL


Toru Kitagawa

Lecturer at Department of Economics, UCL

Amanda Stott

Certified Professional Facilitator at IAF

Nozomi Sakata

PG Research Fellow at IoE, UCL

Takahiro Tsunoda

PhD Student at Leek Lab, Oxford University

Chika Itoi

JSPS London

Takayuki Suzuki

Multiple Paralympic 


Catherine Holloway

Academic Director of UCL Global Disability Innovation Hub

Terri Po

Workshop Illustrator from Scriberia

Kazushi Takahashi

Director of Public Relations Division, Fukushima Prefecture 

Oliver Calmonson

Teacher of Geography and Psychology at

The UCL Academy

Giulia Barbareschi

UCL Global Disability Innovation Hub




Prof. Shinichi Ohnuma

​UCL Dep. of Ophthalmology

Volunteer Leader

Nozomi Sakata


General Coordinator, Japan@UK

​Hideyuki Miyahara


Sponsors / Supporters

Santen Pharmaceutical
Fukushima Prefecture
Embassy of Japan
The UCL Academy
Japan Society for the Promotion of S
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​We are delighted to announce that the application for UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2019 is now available for British students.

Approximately, 50 Japanese students from 17 high schools in Japan and 10 UCL academy students will be taking part, and UCL is currently seeking an additional 40 sixth-form students from the UK. 

The summer school's schedule will include many academic activities, including lectures by UCL and the University of Cambridge, cultural events and Japanese language classes, but one of the main events is the UCL Grand Challenge workshop, which is linked to UCL’s commitment to tackling the world’s key issues. UCL-Japan Youth Challenge selects a topic every year for this; this year it is 'Accessibiity to all'. During the workshop, mixed groups of students will discuss the topic from medical, social and technical points of view and work together to present their findings. Symposiums will be held related to this topic and students will be joined by several experts and high profile speakers/academics to discuss the topic further. 

Key information 

The programme runs for a total of 9 days. 

Duration: (July 20 - July 27, 2019) 

20 July: Rikkyo School in England (Horsham, West Sussex, England) 
21 July - 22 July: University of Cambridge 
23 July - 27 July: UCL Bloomsbury Campus 
Note: Students who register are expected to join at least the Rikkyo and UCL program. 


All food and drink will be provided by UCL-Japan Youth Challenge during the school days. 
The cost and the arrangements regarding accommodation (if needed) and travel are to be covered by each participant. 


If you do need accommodation, please specify for which part you need it. Depending on that, please choose from Type 1-3. If you sign up for accommodation, dinner and breakfast will also be provided for those dates. 
Also please find in the application form information on the location of the specific dates of the program. 

<Types, in accordance with accommodation> 
   Type-1 (£900): Include all accommodation with dinner, breakfast, travel. Lunch and refreshment 
   Type-2 (£600): Accommodation at Rikkyo and Cambridge with dinner, breakfast, travel. Lunch and 

   Type-3 (£400): Accommodation at London with dinner, breakfast. Lunch and refreshment 

​   Type-4 (Free): No accommodation and transport included. Refreshment and lunch are included.


Non-Japanese sixth-form students residing in the UK, aged 15, 16, 17 and 18 years 
(Parental consent will be required prior to the event. All students are supervised by UCL staff during the event.) 
Students will be joined by a group of Japanese students from Japan. 

Deadline for registration 

There is no specific deadline for this event and registration will close as soon as it reaches maximum capacity. For those of you interested, it is strongly advised that you resister your interest as soon as possible. 


The filled in applications will be sent to UCL, and as soon as your seat is secured, we will let you know. 

Invoice can be provided upon request.


If you have any questions, please contact through the e-mail address below.

Hideyuki Miyahara, Conductor of this program:

Applications for 2019

now closed

Application Form

​Parental Consent Form

Official Leaflet



Hideyuki Miyahara, General Coordinator


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Prof. Shinichi Ohnuma