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UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2019 participants in front of UCL main building in close-up

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2019 participants at UCL

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is a prestigious annual summer school programme which has a tremendous reputation and impact since 2015. Pre-university students from Japan and the UK attend a series of university-style lectures on a wide range of subjects by academics from leading UK universities including UCL (University College London), and engage in UCL Grand Challenge Workshop. Participants also experience British university student life through staying in halls of residence at the University of Cambridge and UCL.

 

In the seventh year 2021, we would like to hold our programme online, the same way we did last year due to COVID-19 guidelines. However, we believe that this virtual programme increases opportunities to participate in it, for those who would otherwise not be able to do so.

 

This programme was established in 2015 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Choshu Five and the Satsuma 19 students’ arrival at UCL. The Choshu Five were the first Japanese students who studied at a UK university, and upon return they played leading roles in modernising Japan. Since then, UCL and Japan have been enjoying close ties.

Why join us?

By participating in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021, you can: 

Lecture

Experience university education by attending a series of lectures in various subjects, which cover biomedicine, technology and social science.

Kyoto, Japan

Learn Japanese culture from a wide range of lectures and interact with participants from 31 Japanese high schools across the country. You can make Japanese friends!

Travel plan

Learn how to get studentships to study at Japanese universities. The Embassy of Japan in the UK and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) London, a Japanese funding body, guide you through the studentships.

Video call

Get one complimentary ticket for HYPER JAPAN ONLINE 2021, per participant, to experience Japanese culture right before the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021.

Learning

Join the Japan Foundation’s programmes. The Japan Foundation London provides a lecture on information about their programmes.

Winner

Be selected for a free trip to Japan in 2022! Two UK based participants will be selected after the programme, based on their contribution to the programme. They are going to visit the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo and enjoy Japanese culture in Tokyo (subject to COVID-19 guidelines).

Theme: Art and Design for Sustainable Future

Through the past UCL-Japan Youth Challenge programmes, we have provided opportunities for young students to look into social problems mainly through science and technology. This year, we would like to highlight the cultural side of the issues and discuss how art and design could contribute to solving those problems and developing the sustainable future.

Art and Design for Sustainable Future

Once in the history, art and science were inseparable and the ultimate objectives of these disciplines were the same— understanding the world better. Although these two disciplines became more and more apart from each other through historical developments, these days we are, again, realising that art and science are both essential for our future. Pure technology is not enough to make our life better because we cannot live without culture and we cannot live without joy and delight to live a life. Design is likewise an unmissable element to achieve that together with engineering. We need to think about our future and solutions to make it sustainable through this wide perspective ranging between art, design, engineering and science.

 

We aim to use this year’s programme as an opportunity for young students to know the most advanced practice in art and design, which is not merely for visual aesthetics but also powerfully connected with social issues in various dimensions. Interactive discussions will be encouraged between professionals and students, wishing we altogether can gain a new vision to see our future through our programme.

UCL Grand Challenge Workshop

UCL Grand Challenges

As part of the programme, we host UCL Grand Challenge Workshop on this year’s theme: Art and Design for Sustainable Future, in Week 3 (please see Programme outline below).

UCL Grand Challenges is an initiative of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research) to bring researchers from across UCL interdisciplinarily, which have changed the way researchers investigate the world’s problems, since 2009.

There are six UCL Grand Challenges; Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Cultural Understanding, Human Wellbeing, Justice & Equality, and Transformative Technology.

UCL Grand Challenge Workshop during the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge focuses on one of these challenges every year.

UCL Grand Challenge of Justice & Equality
UCL Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology
UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health
UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities
UCL Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding
UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2020 participants discussing virtually
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2020 participants discussing virtually
UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2020 participants discussing virtually

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2020 participants discussing virtually

Programme presented by Dr Hideki Yoshimoto

Hideki Yoshimoto is a designer, artist and researcher. Hideki graduated from the University of Tokyo with BS and MS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics, then moved to London and completed PhD in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art. He founded his own studio TANGENT in 2015 in London, and has been leading the team’s creative projects utilising his inter-disciplinary knowledge. He was appointed as a Visiting Associate Professor in Art Science at the Osaka University of Arts (2018) and as a Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (2020), where he was one of the founding members of the Advanced Art Design Laboratory.

Hideki has received many awards in both of engineering and design fields, such as Best Conference Award from the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence (2010), Super Creator Certification from the Japanese Information-technology Promotion Agency (2010), Red Dot Design Concept Best of the Best Award (2012), Lexus Design Award Grand Prix (2013) and Milano Design Award Best Engagement Award (2016).

Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo

Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo

Mission: Exploring new areas of advanced science and technology

The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) was established in 1987 and is the newest institute attached to the University of Tokyo. It aims to contribute to the development of science and technology by expeditiously taking on new challenges arising from the advancement of science and subsequent changes in society, and by exploring new areas of advanced science and technology for the benefit of humankind and society. Since its founding, RCAST has pursued interdisciplinary research activities in a wide range of research areas based on four principles: Interdisciplinarity, mobility, international perspective, and openness.

 

Building 13 facade, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo

More than 40 eponymous labs, with a wide variety of specialised fields, are pursuing advanced research in science and technology as well as in social sciences and the field of barrier-free research. These research areas are extended over a wide area ranging from basic and applied fields to the social system.

 

Education: The sole affiliated institution of the University of Tokyo offering graduate-level education to outside professionals

 

The Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) provides education and research training concerning burgeoning and pioneering basic and applied research in the fields of advanced science and technology. It also gives guidance in what is called “research on research” in those fields.

 

In addition to a traditional graduate school education, the AIS provides people in mid-career with the opportunity to resume their studies in an academic environment.

 

Education Outreach

 

RCAST provides various learning opportunities for K-12 students. It includes onsite or online study tours, special seminars, educational videos, and various other opportunities. It is opened to K-12 schools and students from around the world.

Programme outline

Dates: 3rd August – 24th August 2021 (4 weeks, weekdays only)

 

Time: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm in UK time (BST)

 

Activities:

1. UCL Grand Challenge Workshop

2. A series of lectures

We host a number of academic lectures, which cover science, technology, and social subjects.

This includes various lectures on Japanese culture, such as calligraphy, manga, anime, tea ceremony, and so forth.

UCL students from Japan share their experiences. UCL explains how to enter British universities. We also provide information on how to go on to Japanese universities for UK based students.

WeekMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
12nd

3rd

Introduction
4th

Lectures

9.00 - 10.00
History of Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi painting — Koshu

10.00 - 11.00
[For participants from Japanese high schools]
Introducing UCL’s International Foundation Year — UCL Centre for Languages & International Education

[For participants from UK schools]
10.00 - 10.30 Scholarship for Japanese University — Embassy of Japan in the UK
10.30 - 11.00 An introduction to the Japan Foundation — Japan Foundation
5th

Lectures

11.00 - 12.00
English-language haiku — Ms Caroline Skanne
6th

Lectures
29th

10th

Academic Lectures

Professor Ryohei Kanzaki

Dr Hideki Yoshimoto

Ms Corinne Julius
11th

Lectures

10.00 - 10.30
Overview of JSPS and International Programmes — JSPS London
12th

Lectures
13th

Lectures

9.00 - 10.00
Cancer and Environment — Mr Jack Hopkins

10.00 - 11.00
The strange history of Go in Europe — Mr Gerry Gavigan
316th

Lectures
17th

UCL Grand Challenge Workshop
18th

Preparation for Presentation
19th

Preparation for Presentation
20th

Preparation for Presentation
423rd

Presentation
24th

Discussion & Final Ceremony
25th

26th

27th

NB: Weeks 1-4 on Tuesdays and Presentation in Week 4 (in bold in the table above) are the main programme events and full attendance is required.

Participants must also attend Preparation for Presentation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Week 3.

Various lectures will be held on other weekdays. A minimum attendance of eight (8) lectures is required.

Fee

 

The fee below covers the complete cost of the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021.

To secure your place on the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021, you will need to pay your fees in full. Details of how to pay your fees will be provided as part of the application process.

 

£50

Homework

 

In order to deepen participants’ understanding of this year’s theme, homework will be provided in July.

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021 & the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 

Normally, the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge may count for your Gold Duke of Ediburgh’s Award (DofE) through the Residential section.

Your participation in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge on its own does not grant a DofE Award.

 

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021 is held fully online.

Therefore, this year’s programme does not count for your Gold DofE programme.

Academic Lectures in Week 2

 

We welcome three lecturers in the fields of art and design.

Prof Ryohei Kanzaki

Prof Ryohei Kanzaki

Director

Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology

University of Tokyo

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Ryohei Kanzaki is a director and professor of Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo.

He received his B.S., M.S. and D.Sc. degree in Neurobiology from the Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba in 1980, 1983 and 1986, respectively. From 1987 to 1990 he was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Arizona Research Laboratories, Division of Neurobiology, University of Arizona. From 1991 to 2003 he was successively an assistant professor, associate professor, and professor of the Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba. From 2004 to 2006 he was a professor of Department of Mechano-Informatics, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo. Since 2006 he is a professor of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo.

He is interested in clarifying behavioral and neural basis of adaptive behaviors (or biological intelligence) using interdisciplinary approaches combining biology, informatics and engineering.

Dr Hideki Yoshimoto

Dr Hideki Yoshimoto

Project Associate Professor

Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology

University of Tokyo

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Hideki Yoshimoto is a designer, artist and researcher. Hideki graduated from the University of Tokyo with BS and MS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics, then moved to London and completed PhD in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art.

He founded his own studio TANGENT in 2015 in London, and has been leading the team’s creative projects utilising his inter-disciplinary knowledge.

He was appointed as a Visiting Associate Professor in Art Science at the Osaka University of Arts (2018) and as a Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (2020), where he was one of the founding members of the Advanced Art Design Laboratory.

Hideki has received many awards in both of engineering and design fields, such as Best Conference Award from the Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence (2010), Super Creator Certification from the Japanese Information-technology Promotion Agency (2010), Red Dot Design Concept Best of the Best Award (2012), Lexus Design Award Grand Prix (2013) and Milano Design Award Best Engagement Award (2016).

Corinne Julius

Ms Corinne Julius

Journalist, broadcaster and curator

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Corinne Julius is a leading champion of new design talent in the United Kingdom.

A judge of many applied arts and design awards, she is an astute and passionate critic of contemporary craft and mentor to contemporary craftspeople.

In 2008, Julius was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and in 2014, she launched ‘Future Heritage’, a ground-breaking showcase of contemporary craft which is the highlight of design trade show, Decorex International.

Lectures

 

Science/medicine

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New technology in biomedical study – Single cell analysis

 

Mr Alex Leung

PhD student

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Faculty of Brain Sciences

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Cancer and Environment

 

Mr Jack Hopkins

PhD student

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Faculty of Brain Sciences

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Jack Hopkins is a final year PhD student working in the Ohnuma Lab group at UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Nottingham where he first became interested in the genetic changes leading to the initiation of cancer. Jack then moved to Imperial College London to continue his studies and obtained a Master’s degree. Here, he developed his understanding of cancer and performed research projects in three laboratories alongside leading experts in the field. Jack first examined the relationship between the immune system and acute myeloid leukaemia in mice before studying the role of ion channels on breast cancer aggressiveness. His final project was in identifying novel drug candidates to target against cancer genes. The research focus of his PhD is on the progression of an eye cancer called retinoblastoma that develops in children. He is attempting to understand the connection between retinoblastoma and the surrounding environment to develop new treatments for the disease. Upon achieving his doctorate, Jack aims to continue his current research with Professor Shin-Ichi Ohnuma before establishing his own projects and goals within academia.

Lecture details

From Mr Jack Hopkins:

My lecture will cover the background and new developments of my research in Professor Ohnuma’s laboratory. Retinoblastoma is the most common, intraocular cancer of infancy with a frequency of 1 in 20,000 of live births. Current treatments are invasive and often lead to loss of sight. Thus, new treatments need to be developed. Recent evidence suggests that secreted proteins can enhance or suppress the development of retinoblastoma. My research attempts to understand the relationship of retinoblastoma with the surrounding environment, and we have identified a potential new candidate for retinoblastoma. Initial analysis of retinoblastoma found a complete suppression of the PRELP gene which is normally expressed in retinal tissues. Removing this protein in mice increased proliferation of the retina that is not observed in typical mice. We investigated the pathways responsible for this proliferation and found strong similarities with human retinoblastoma. Therefore, we studied the functional role of PRELP by applying PRELP protein on isolated retinoblastoma cells in culture. We found that PRELP could regulate a large number of cancer-associated mechanisms, inhibiting progression. Now, our experiments employ novel technologies to produce a more detailed model of the interaction of PRELP on retinoblastoma, such as single cell RNA profiling. In the future, we aim to confirm our current data on freshly isolated retinoblastoma tissues with the goal of establishing clinical trials using PRELP either as a primary treatment or in combination with chemotherapy to help preserve vision during treatment.

Dr Masa Tada

Sculpting the embryo as we wish

 

Dr Masa Tada

Reader in Developmental and Cellular Biology

UCL Department of Cell & Developmental Biology

Division of Biosciences

Faculty of Life Sciences

Dr Yasu Takeuchi

Virology basics, Gene therapy

— in collaboration with Ms Noor Mujahid

 

Dr Yasu Takeuchi

Reader in Molecular Virology

UCL Division of Infection and Immunity

Faculty of Medical Sciences

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Ms Noor Mujahid

PhD student in Biochemical Engineering

UCL

Dr Yoshiyuki Yamamoto

Animal Evolution

Embryology

Human anatomy

General life science

 

Dr Yoshiyuki Yamamoto

Associate Professor

UCL Department of Cell & Developmental Biology

Division of Biosciences

Faculty of Life Sciences

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Using data to inform policies? Economist’s perspective

 

Prof Toru Kitagawa

Professor of Economics

UCL Department of Economics

Social & Historical Sciences

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Toru Kitagawa is a Professor of Economics at UCL, specialising in econometrics methods and practice.

He was born in Aichi-prefecture in Japan and studied Urban Engineering in the Unversity of Tokyo.

Toru joined UCL in 2009 after obtaining Ph.D in Economics from Brown University in the United States.

Lecture details

From Prof Toru Kitagawa:

How to use data to improve our policies? My lecture will cover how economists make use of data and statistical tools to assess and design public policies.

Engineering/physics

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Quantum mechanics and nanotechnology

 

Prof David Bowler

Professor of Physics

Department of Physics & Astronomy

UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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David Bowler is a computational physicist, using computers to run quantum mechanical calculations of the properties of materials. Working in close collaboration with groups in Japan and France, he has developed an approach that can provide accurate calculations for millions of atoms. David applies these methods to understanding the properties of nanometre scale structures on semiconductor surfaces.

Lecture details

From Prof David Bowler:

I will give a brief introduction to some of the ideas that underlie quantum mechanics and nanotechnology, and explain why both are important. I will then describe how we can use some of the features of quantum mechanics to perform extremely sensitive measurements of atomic structures on surfaces, and to perform calculations of these same surfaces. I will discuss how it is important for experimental and theoretical approaches to work together to understand fully the properties of the nanoscale.

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Why all the fuss about Quantum Computers?

 

Prof John Morton

Professor of Nanoelectronics & Nanophotonics

London Centre for Nanotechnology

UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

 

Director

UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute (UCLQ)

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John Morton is Professor of Nanoelectronics & Nanophotonics at UCL, and Director of the UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute (UCLQ).

John’s research involves the development of electron spin-based quantum technologies such as quantum computers and quantum sensors, and includes the application and development of novel electron spin resonance methods, and performing ESR in new regimes.

After reading Electrical Engineering at University of Cambridge, John undertook at PhD (D.Phil) at University of Oxford on the use of molecular electron spins as quantum bits. He moved to UCL in 2012 and his research has focused increasingly on spins in semiconductors.

John was a Royal Society University Research Fellowship from 2008-16, and he has held back-to-back European Research Commission (ERC) grants.

His awards include the Nicholas Kurti European Science prize (2008), the Institute of Physics Moseley Medal (2013) in experimental physics, and the Sackler International Prize in Physical Sciences (2016).

John has published over 120 papers and has an h-index of 45. He has founded three companies in the are of quantum technologies. He is active in the public engagement of science, including public exhibitions, documentaries, radio broadcasts and popular articles on quantum science and technology.

Lecture details

From Prof John Morton:

I will present an introductory lecture to quantum computing, from the history and fundamental ideas, to the latest developments and world-wide efforts to build quantum processors able to out-perform the largest supercomputers on the planet.

Humanities/the arts

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Linguistics through identity crisis

 

Mr Wataru Tage

JAPAN AT UK LIMITED

 

UCL graduate in Linguistics

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Education & beyond

Emiko Asagoshi

Stress reduction mindfulness for 12-18 years old

 

Ms Emiko Asagoshi

Educational advisor

Hide Miyahara

Start a Football business in the UK

 

Mr Hide Miyahara

Chief Operating Officer, JAPAN AT UK LIMITED

Director, Football Samural Academy

Prof Shin-Ichi Ohnuma

Foundation of current Japan was established by UCL

 

Prof Shin-Ichi Ohnuma

Deputy Director and Professor

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Faculty of Brain Sciences

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Shin-Ichi Ohnuma is Chair of the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge.

Shin-Ichi started this summer school after celebration of the 150th anniversary of UK-Japan Academic Interaction in 2013 and 2015, aiming to facilitate interaction between UK and Japanese young students and to educate future leaders in an international society.

This summer school is supported by many lecturers and supporting staff.

He hopes that all of the participants enjoy the programme.

Lecture details

From Prof Shin-Ichi Ohnuma:

In 1863, five Japanese students came to UCL. They are Hirobumi Ito, Kaoru Inoue, Yozo Yamao, Masaru Inoue, Kinsuke Endo and are known as Choshu-Five. Two years later, other 19 students came to UCL. They are known as Satsuma 19. After their returning to Japan, they had outstanding contribution to foundation of modern Japan after Japanese revolution in 1867. UCL Japanese Alumni created the first Cabinet of Japanese Government in 1885. Hirobumi Ito became the first Prime Minister. Kaoru Inoue, Arinori Mori, and Yozo Yamao became Minister for Foreign Affairs, Education, and Law, respectively. I will talk the history of UCL and Japan interaction and its environment in the UK and Japan. I hope that you contribute to the interaction between the UK and Japan in the future.

Yudai Makabe

Learning through reflection

 

Mr Yudai Makabe

Postgraduate student at the UCL Institute of Education

Study abroad — For UK based students

Embassy of Japan in the UK

Scholarship for Japanese University

 

Mr Toshinori Sano

Counsellor

Embassy of Japan in the UK

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Toshinori Sano is a counsellor working for the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

Lecture details

From Mr Toshinori Sano: 

I will talk through Scholarship program (MEXT) from the UK to Japanese universities.

JSPS London

Overview of JSPS and International Programmes

 

Ms Moeko Oshiro

International Programme Associate

JSPS London

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Moeko Oshiro is International Programme Associate at JSPS London.

JSPS is a research funding agency to support research and research collaboration inside and outside Japan.

She hopes that participants are interested in various funding agencies and enjoys the programme.

Lecture details

From Ms Moeko Oshiro:

If you would like to pursue your research during your university days or be interested in collaborative research with Japan, today’s lecture will be helpful in the near future. JSPS is promoting collaboration in scientific research in Japan and other countries. I will explain what JSPS is and introduce fellowship programmes to young researchers.

Japan Foundation

An introduction to the Japan Foundation

 

Mr Michael Salter

Assistant Programme Officer

Japan Foundation

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Michael Salter has been working at the Japan Foundation for 3 years in the Japanese Exchange and Intellectual departments – before that he worked in Japan as a teacher of English and a Paralympic fencing referee. A large part of his job is to work with academics and students who study about Japan on a wide range of topics, helping them to fund and present their research.

Lecture details

From Mr Michael Salter: 

I will give the students an overview of the Japan Foundation’s work and activities in the UK across the three main areas – Language, Arts and Culture, and Japanese Studies. Some of the important previous projects we have done will be discussed alongside the importance of the Japan Foundation’s work in the context of intercultural relations.

Study abroad — For Japanese students

UCL

Introducing UCL’s International Foundation Year

 

Mr Martin White

Marketing, Communications & Business Development Manager

UCL Centre for Languages & International Education

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Martin White leads on student recruitment strategy and operations for the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE). He overseas marketing and communications for UCL’s pre-degree courses for international students, raising the profile of these courses across 5 world regions alongside UCL degree programmes. This includes: conversion activities; building relationships with key educational, governmental and commercial stakeholders; market and competitor research; managing a network of educational agents.

After leaving university Martin lived in Japan for three years, teaching English. His love for travelling and different cultures continues.

Lecture details

From Mr Martin White:

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates are foundation courses for international students whose high school qualifications do not allow direct admission to an undergraduate degree.

Students from Japanese high schools will need a foundation year if they wish to study their undergraduate degree at UCL.

The session will introduce the course and what we are looking for in suitable applicants.

University student stories

Hide Miyahara

How to go on to postgraduate courses

 

Mr Hide Miyahara

Chief Operating Officer, JAPAN AT UK LIMITED

Director, Football Samural Academy

Masako Shimato

The reasons to study medicine abroad

How to apply medical schools in the UK

Scholarships available for undergraduate degree in the UK

How to balance extracurricular activities

 

Ms Masako Shimato

UCL medical student

Moe Kishima

UK medical school/US university application process

Life in medical school (curriculum, what do we actually do? etc)

Living in London, studying abroad

Living through the COVID pandemic as a medical student (volunteering/working during the first wave and the second wave)

 

Ms Moe Kishima

UCL medical student

Japanese culture

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English-language haiku

 

Ms Caroline Skanne

Editor of Blithe Spirit (journal of the British Haiku Society) & hedgerow

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Caroline Skanne is the founder & editor of ‘hedgerow: a journal of small poems’ & has edited ‘Blithe Spirit’ (the journal of the British Haiku Society) since 2019. Born in Stockholm Sweden, she now resides in a village by the river Medway, UK.

Emiko Asagoshi

How to enjoy Japanese Matcha Tea at home daily

 

Ms Emiko Asagoshi

Educational advisor

Gerry Gavigan
London Go Centre

The strange history of Go in Europe

 

Mr Gerry Gavigan

Founding trustee of the London Go Centre

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Gerry Gavigan is a founding trustee of the London Go Centre, a charity and permanent home for the promotion, study and playing of the game long associated with Japanese culture.

Lecture details

From Mr Gerry Gavigan:

Go has been played in Japan for about 11 centuries. Even if a Japanese does not play, a little bit like Chess in the West they will know about it. As I will be talking to two audiences, I will start by introducing the game to UK students, most of whom will not have heard of this game. I will then discuss some structural aspects of the game that might not be so obvious to everyone. I will use this to support my concluding remarks about the origins of Go in Europe, but will start my journey going back in time with that famous win in 2016 by a British player against the world’s #1 which absolutely no-one expected.

Koshu

History of Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi painting

 

Koshu

Koshu Japanese Art

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Akemi Lucas, also known as Koshu is a shodo calligraphy master and painter specialising in sumi artwork.

She was born in Japan, small town called Mito, Yamaguchi prefecture and started learning calligraphy from the age of eight.

Koshu was qualified as a calligraphy teacher at the age of 24. Her distinct style of calligraphy builds on traditional skills and further embodies the fusion of the ancient and the modern, the eastern and the western, and the before and the after.

Currently Koshu is based in the UK, working on teachings and also creating her artworks. She has worked for the Rugby World Cup and the British Olympic team and her artworks have been exhibited in countries such as Japan, America, Georgia and the UK.

Lecture details

From Koshu:

  • About me (intruding myself briefly).
  • Origin of Chinese characters.
  • How calligraphy started in China and calligraphy brushes and papers at that time. The role of the master calligrapher Wang Xizhi (王羲之) from 4th Century.
  • How calligraphy was introduced in Japan along with Buddhism. The role of Prince Shotuku (聖徳太子) from 7th Century and a Japanese Buddhist monk & calligrapher Kukai: Koho Daishi (空海: 弘法大師) from 8th Century.
  • The development of brushes and calligraphy papers in Japan.
  • How Sumi-e ink painting became popular in Japan and the role of Sesshū Tōyō (雪舟) the most prominent Japanese master of ink and washi painting from 15th Century.
  • Modern state of Japanese calligraphy and Sumi-e ink painting.
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Diversity & Inclusion in Education

 

Mr Yuta Hasumi

Ikigai Authentic Ltd

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Yuta Hasumi leads the worldwide Diversity & Inclusion business strategy and implementation for over 12 years. Yuta advises organisations and drives leadership accountability through goals and metrics to achieve a diverse & inclusive workforce, workplace, and marketplace for business growth around the globe.

Yuta obtained a MBA with honors in Human Resources Management at Waseda Business School, and holds a BA Degree in International Law at Waseda University.

Other responsibilities:

  • Director of GEWEL, Japan
  • Certified Coach, COF, Rosinski & Company
  • Chair of D&I Advisory Board, Medito Foundation, Netherlands & UK
  • Member of U.S.-Japan Council, US & Japan

Lecture details

From Mr Yuta Hasumi:

Diversity is reality, Inclusion is action

 

In this lecture, We will have a journey to explore what diversity you have in UCL-Japan Youth Challenge, and how you demonstrate inclusive leadership to your classmates, family, faculties and the society.

What is your diversity? What is different from your friends?
D&I have been aware and discussed in communities, schools and society where you belong. Are you fully yourself there? How would you mitigate when you face conflicts or different objectives from yours? By knowing yourself and others, you will build your self-confidence and be able to respect, embrace, value and leverage these differences for your growth and the better place that you will thrive.

We will have a discovery session to interact, discuss and present along with other students and faculties.

DoGA

Provide an environment for kids worldwide to create anime

 

Mr Yutaka Kamada

DoGA

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Yutaka Kamada founded DoGA, a computer graphic animation promotion organisation, while he was at university. It later became a joint-stock company. He developed Japan’s first 3D CG animation production system that runs on a PC. Yutaka established “CG Animation Contest”. Currently, he produces a large number of top creators who are active in Japan and worldwide.

Lecture details

From Mr Yutaka Kamada: 

There are children and young adults all over the world who want to make their own animations, but they can’t make them like professionals.
If we could make it possible, there would be a big market for it.
In this presentation, I will show you our technology and introduce you to the business of creating a new visual culture.

In this business presentation, I will make a concrete proposal of a feasible business and ask for your support. I am looking for people who are willing to do this business. After the presentation, we will freely discuss the problems and actions to be taken.

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