Virtual Learning Program 2020



4 Weeks 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 lessons. 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.

With regard the outbreak of COVID-19, the summer school was about to be cancelled this year: however, contribution of many volunteers and lecturers enabled summer school program that is completely online.


Purposes of Program

  • 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

  • Autonomy, enterprise, and challenging mind

  • Adaption to virtual leaning environment


Program 2020

Due to the difficult situation regarding the pandemic of COVID-19, the entire program is scheduled online. Students from a range of backgrounds will discuss various social issues about the virus .

Application is now closed

Tahnk you!




Prof. Shinichi Ohnuma

​UCL Dep. of Ophthalmology

Volunteer Leader

Kentaro Kimura


General Coordinator

​Hideyuki Miyahara


Sponsors / Supporters

Embassy of Japan
The UCL Academy
Japan Society for the Promotion of S
Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
UCL Grand Challenges
UCL Global Engagement Office
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*The sponsors / supporters above are a few examples from last year. This year, there are no collaborating organizations as the program is conducted completely online.




UCL (IoE), Education

Prof. Rose Luckin

UCL, Economics

Prof. Wendy Carlin

UCL, IoE, Psychology

​Dr. Georgia Pavlopoulou

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UCL, Virology

Prof. Richard Milne


Past Programs


Hideyuki Miyahara, General Coordinator


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Prof. Rose Luckin