UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is going to be held on campus between 27th July and 4th August 2024.

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023 participants in front of UCL main building

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2023 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.

 

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.

 

We successfully delivered the programmes online between 2020 and 2022 to widen participation.

 

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024 is our 10th programme, held on campus between Saturday 27th July and Sunday 4th August 2024.

Why join us?

By participating in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024, you can: 

Experience university style lectures

Experience university education by attending a series of lectures in various subjects.

Learn Japanese culture

Learn Japanese culture from a wide range of lectures and interact with participants from all over the country. You can make friends from Japan!

Study options

Learn how to get on to UCL and other top UK universities. The UCL admissions team guide you through the application process.

Engagement

Engage in lectures and activities around topics relating to this year’s programme.

More opportunities to learn

Have information about the Japan Foundation, London’s programmes.

World-leading lecturers

Explore various fields with world-leading lecturers, engage in dedicated activities, and develop your ideas through participating the UCL Grand Challenge Workshop.

Theme: Space and Us

Embark on an extraordinary voyage with the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024, the 10th acclaimed summer school programme hosted at UCL and the University of Cambridge. Tailored for forward-thinking pre-university students, this immersive experience offers a blend of university-style lectures and various cultural exchange activities. Dive into the captivating mysteries of space and contemplate our place in space with like-minded participants. Join us as we journey into the depths of Space and Us, uniting participants from Japan and the UK in a transformative exploration. Expand your horizons and ignite your intellectual curiosity with us.

Space and Us

UCL Grand Challenge Workshop

UCL Grand Challenges

As part of the programme, we host the UCL Grand Challenge Workshop on this year’s theme: Space and Us (please see the 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

Programme outline

On campus programme

Dates: Saturday 27th July – Sunday 4th August 2024 (9 days)

 

* Participants from Japanese high schools arrive on Friday 26th July and stay at our accommodation throughout the programme.

 


 

Accommodation is available at Rikkyo School in England, the University of Cambridge and UCL (University of London).

 

You must attend Days 1 and 4–8 (six days in total) regardless of your accommodation option:

  1. Day 1: Saturday 27th July

    (Day 1: Rikkyo School in England, West Sussex RH12 3BE)

  2. Day 4: Tuesday 30th July

  3. Day 5: Wednesday 31st July

  4. Day 6: Thursday 1st August

  5. Day 7: Friday 2nd August

  6. Day 8: Saturday 3rd August

    (Days 4–8: UCL, London WC1E 6BT)

 

The Cambridge programmes (Days 2 and 3: Sunday 28th July and Monday 29th July) are optional to attend.

 

If you do not require UCL (University of London) accommodation, your last day on the programme is Day 8: Saturday 3rd August 2024.

 

If you stay at UCL (University of London) accommodation, you will check out on Day 9: Sunday 4th August 2024.

 


DayLocationBreakfast

Participants staying at our accommodation only
MorningLunchAfternoonDinner

Participants staying at our accommodation only, except Days 1, 7 & 8
Day 0

Friday 26th July 2024

Participants from Japanese high schools only: check-in day
Rikkyo School in England, West Sussex RH12 3BE Participants from Japanese high schools only: arrival at London Heathrow AirportParticipants from Japanese high schools only: Rikkyo School in England
Day 1

Saturday 27th July 2024

All participants must attend, first day
Rikkyo School in England, West Sussex RH12 3BE Participants from Japanese high schools only: Rikkyo School in EnglandWelcome event:
- Welcome talk by UCL Prof Shin-ichi Ohnuma, Chair of the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge
- Self- and school-introductions
Rikkyo School in EnglandIce-breaking activitiesAll participants: Barbecue at Rikkyo School in England
Day 2

Sunday 28th July 2024

Optional for participants without our accommodation
University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN

(1 of 2 days)
Rikkyo School in EnglandTBCTBCMove to University of CambridgeUniversity of Cambridge

* Cambridge college formal dinner
Day 3

Monday 29th July 2024

Optional for participants without our accommodation
University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN

(2 of 2 days)
University of CambridgeLecturesHughes Hall, University of CambridgeLecturesUniversity of Cambridge
Day 4

Tuesday 30th July 2024

All participants must attend
UCL, London WC1E 6BT

(1 of 5 days)
University of CambridgeMove to LondonUCL- UCL Grand Challenge Workshop
- Group work
International Hall, University of London
Day 5

Wednesday 31st July 2024

All participants must attend
UCL, London WC1E 6BT

(2 of 5 days)
International Hall, University of LondonLanguage lesson:
- English
- Japanese beginner
- Japanese advanced

(1 of 2 lessons)
UCL- Lectures
- Group work
International Hall, University of London
Day 6

Thursday 1st August 2024

All participants must attend
UCL, London WC1E 6BT

(3 of 5 days)
International Hall, University of LondonLanguage lesson:
- English
- Japanese beginner
- Japanese advanced

(2 of 2 lessons)
UCL- UCL tour
- Group work
International Hall, University of London
Day 7

Friday 2nd August 2024

All participants must attend
UCL, London WC1E 6BT

(4 of 5 days)
International Hall, University of London- Group workUCLSymposium (including group presentation) & ReceptionAll participants: Buffet at the Reception
Day 8

Saturday 3rd August 2024

All participants must attend, final day for participants without our accommodation
UCL, London WC1E 6BT

(5 of 5 days)
International Hall, University of LondonLondon group sightseeing (and lunch) Not providedFinal ceremonyAll participants: pizza party at UCL
Day 9

Sunday 4th August 2024

Participants staying at our accommodation only: check-out day
LondonInternational Hall, University of LondonDeparture

* We reserve the right to change or modify any of the programme details, at any time and in our sole discretion.

 

Participants will be provided with a detailed itinerary prior to the programme.

Accommodation options

Participants must choose one option from the following Options 1–4.

We would be unable to offer any other accommodation options.

Participants from Japanese high schools arrive on Friday 26th July and stay at our accommodation throughout the programme.

Option 1

All accommodation
(8 nights in total):

  • Rikkyo School in England (1 night)
  • University of Cambridge (2 nights)
  • UCL (5 nights)

You will attend:

  • Day 1: Saturday 27th July
    —at Rikkyo School in England
  • Days 2 & 3: Sunday 28th & Monday 29th July
    —at the University of Cambridge
  • Days 4–8: Tuesday 30th July–Saturday 3rd August
    —at UCL

Your final day:

  • Day 9: Sunday 4th August
    —Departure

Option 2

Accommodation
(3 nights in total):

  • Rikkyo School in England (1 night)
  • University of Cambridge (2 nights)

No accommodation:

  • UCL

You will attend:

  • Day 1: Saturday 27th July
    —at Rikkyo School in England
  • Days 2 & 3: Sunday 28th & Monday 29th July
    —at the University of Cambridge
  • Days 4–8: Tuesday 30th July–Saturday 3rd August
    —at UCL

Your final day:

  • Day 8: Saturday 3rd August
    —at UCL

Option 3

Accommodation
(5 nights):

  • UCL only (5 nights)

No accommodation:

  • Rikkyo School in England
  • University of Cambridge

You will attend:

  • Day 1: Saturday 27th July
    —at Rikkyo School in England
  • Days 4–8: Tuesday 30th July–Saturday 3rd August
    —at UCL

Optionally you may attend:

  • Day 3: Monday 29th July
    —at the University of Cambridge

Your final day:

  • Day 9: Sunday 4th August
    —Departure

Option 4

No accommodation

You will attend:

  • Day 1: Saturday 27th July
    —at Rikkyo School in England
  • Days 4–8: Tuesday 30th July–Saturday 3rd August
    —at UCL

Optionally you may attend:

  • Day 3: Monday 29th July
    —at the University of Cambridge

Your final day:

  • Day 8: Saturday 3rd August
    —at UCL

Homework

In order to deepen participants’ understanding of this year’s theme: Space and Us, homework will be provided prior to the programme.

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024 & the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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

You must make sure that you meet the requirements if you wish to be awarded a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through the Residential section before you apply for the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024.

Your participation in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024 on its own does not grant a DofE Award.

 

For more information about the Residential section and its requirements, please refer to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s website: Sections | Residential section FAQ | Residential Session Plan | Checklist

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE)

Lectures

(Confirmed lecturers, more speakers to be announced)

Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

(To be announced)

UCL

Symposium speakers

Lecturer

Prof Lucie Green

Professor of Physics

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

Department of Space and Climate Physics

UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Mr Yutaro Tanaka

Mr Yutaro Tanaka

Manager

Procurement Engineering

European Purchasing Centre

Mitsubishi Electric Europe

Lecturer

Dr Tomoko Lisa Kate Kitagawa

International Relations and Research Department

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Lecturer

Prof Anu Ojha OBE

Director of Championing Space

UK Space Agency

Symposium & Reception

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024 Symposium & Reception Eventbrite

We welcome the public to our Space and Us Symposium & Reception on Friday 2nd August 2024.

Join our Symposium & Reception as we journey into the depths of Space and Us. Expand your horizons and ignite your intellectual curiosity.

As part of the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024, a prestigious summer school programme for pre- university students from both the UK and Japan since 2015, we welcome the public to our Space and Us Symposium and Reception on Friday 2nd August from 1pm.

We are delighted to welcome speakers from the senior team of the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), including Prof Daisuke Kawata and Prof Lucie Green.

In collaboration with MSSL, the follwoing world-leading researchers deliver talks on the summer school programme theme ‘Space and Us’.

Registration required via Eventbrite (free of charge):

https://ucl-space-us-symposium.eventbrite.co.uk

* UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2024 participants and teachers/leaders from Japanese high schools do not need to register via Eventbrite.

This summer school programme is organised by the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Committee.

Chair: Prof Shin-ichi Ohnuma, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Committee members (in alphabetical order by first name):

Dr Anawat Suppasri, Ayato Yamazaki, Emiko Asagoshi, Prof Hidekazu Kurebayashi, Hideyuki Miyahara, Kaito Mizukoshi, Kentaro Kimura, Makoto Yoshida, Manaka Abe, Dr Masazumi Tada, Dr Masako Shimato, Dr Miwako Kitamura, Momo Sakai, Risa Hanai, Seitaro Taketani, Sumire Kaimori, Wataru Tage, Dr Yasu Takeuchi, Dr Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, Yuta Nagano

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Committee are most grateful for our partners, collaborators, sponsors and supporters.

We would be unable to hold the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge summer school programme without their generous commitment.

Japan Foundation
Rikkyo School in England
UK Japan Institute
Shimizu Corporation
清水建設
Mitsubishi Electric Building Solutions Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric Building Solutions Corporation
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Japan Association in the UK
Biospire
Biospire
Fukushima Prefecture
Fukushima-15 Project
Daishichi Sake Brewery
Kashiwaya
Apollo Gas
Apollo Gas
Kagoshima Prefecture
Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS)
Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS)
Mitoco Kawachi Corporation
The Japanese Women's Association in Great Britain
APRIO TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
Sugoi Fusion
Clearspring
Sun Chlorella Corporation
Embassy of Japan in the UK
Embassy of Japan in the UK
JSPS London
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