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Programme name

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge

  • Started as the UCL-Japan Young Challenge in 2015

  • Renamed to the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge in 2017

Summary

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is an annual summer school programme for pre-university students from UK sixth form colleges and Japanese high schools for cultural interaction through various educational activities and events held at UCL and the University of Cambridge, since 2015, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Choshu Five and Satsuma 19, all of whom studied at UCL in 1863 and 1865 respectively.

Data

2015

First year, held on campus at Rikkyo School in England, University of Cambridge & UCL

Theme: In the Footsteps of the Pioneers: New Pioneers in Dialogue

Participants: 66 (32 from 9 Japanese high schools, 34 from the UK)

Dates: 22nd July – 28th July 2015

2016

Second year, held on campus at Rikkyo School in England, University of Cambridge & UCL

Theme: Facing Disasters: International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Responses

Participants: 50 (28 from 9 Japanese high schools, 22 from the UK)

Dates: 23rd July – 31st July 2016

2017

Third year, held on campus at Rikkyo School in England, University of Cambridge & UCL

Theme: Social and Business Entrepreneurship: How to Improve Our Society

Participants: 66 (41 from 12 Japanese high schools, 25 from the UK)

Dates: 22nd July – 30th July 2017

2018

Fourth year, held on campus at Rikkyo School in England, University of Cambridge & UCL

Theme: Our Life in an Ageing Society: How the Young Generation Solves Various Problems Associated with Ageing

Participants: 76 (43 from 12 Japanese high schools, 33 from the UK)

Dates: 28th July – 5th August 2018

2019

Fifth year, held on campus at Rikkyo School in England, University of Cambridge & UCL

Theme: Accessibility for All: Sports, AI and Robotics

Participants: 91 (52 from 16 Japanese high schools, 39 from the UK)

Dates: 20th July – 28th July 2019

2020

Sixth year, held online

Theme: COVID-19 and Beyond

Participants: 46 (35 from 12 Japanese high schools, 11 from the UK)

Dates: 4th August – 25th August 2020

Seventh year, held online

Theme: Art and Design for Sustainable Future

Participants: 135 (100 from 32 Japanese high schools, 35 from the UK)

Dates: 3rd August – 24th August 2021

Eighth year, held online

Theme: Innovative Enterprises for Sustainable Future

Participants: 100 (84 from 28 Japanese high schools, 16 from the UK)

Dates: 2nd August – 23rd August 2022

Ninth year, held on campus at Rikkyo School in England, University of Cambridge & UCL

Theme: Resilience

Participants: 76 (50 from 18 Japanese high schools, 26 from the UK)

Dates: 22nd July – 30th July 2023

10th year, to be held on campus at Rikkyo School in England, University of Cambridge & UCL

Theme: Space and Us

Participants: TBC (up to 80 in total)

Dates: 27th July – 4th August 2024

On campus summer school programme in the UK

Day 1

Rikkyo School in England

Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3BE

All participants must attend

First day of the programme, all participants attend our welcome event at Rikkyo School in England

Days 2 & 3

University of Cambridge

Cambridge CB2 1TN

Optional to attend if you are not staying at our accommodation in Cambridge

Days 4–8

UCL

London WC1E 6BT

All participants must attend

Day 8 is the final day if you are not staying at our accommodation in London

Day 9

Departure

Only for participants staying at our accommodation in London

Participants from Japanese high schools arrive prior to the first day and stay at our accommodation throughout the programme, where held on campus.

UCL Grand Challenge Workshop illustrations

Discussion during the UCL Grand Challenge Workshops was illustrated by Scriberia.

2020

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Programme highlight videos

London programme highlights

UCL Grand Challenge Workshop

Participants’ thank you video

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021

Participants from Japanese high schools present their school facilities, club activities, school events, and share their enthusiasm for the programme prior to their participation.

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2017

UCL-Japan Young Challenge 2016

(renamed to the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge in 2017)

Logo

The logo of the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge was created by Japanese calligraphy artist Mr Kamari Maeda in 2018.

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2018 - Japanese calligraphy artist Mr Kamari Maeda created our logo

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