Title: Open symposium "The Role of Higher Education in a 'Globalizing' World: The Experiences of Ireland and Japan" was held

Update: November 12, 2019

On November 1 (Fri.), Open Symposium "The Role of Higher Education in a 'Globalizing' World: The Experiences of Ireland and Japan" was held at the International Conference Room of Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House with the participation of faculty members of the University College Dublin (UCD), National University of Ireland.

In the first half of the symposium, ICU Distinguished Professor Motohide Yoshikawa (International Relations) introduced researches conducted as part of the activities of Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), an international association of universities in which both ICU and UCD participate. NOHA brings together universities and graduate schools from around the world to jointly provide interdisciplinary and advanced training programs for international humanitarian action including emergency humanitarian relief and disaster aid. As a NOHA partner university, ICU has started accepting graduate students through NOHA since AY2018, and plans to send graduate students to other member universities starting from AY2019. The lecture highlighted activities related to NOHA, such as ICU's new curriculum introduced upon accepting NOHA students and domestic study tour held in cooperation with UNITAR, as well as experiences of students and faculty.

The latter half comprised of a 'call and response' format, where UCD faculty members gave lectures and ICU faculty members responded by comments. In response to UCD Adjunct Professor John Neary's (former Irish Ambassador to Japan) lecture on "Public Diplomacy," ICU Professor Takashi Nishio (Public Policy, Law, Japan Studies) presented his comments, and likewise, ICU Vice President for International Academic Exchange Mark Williams and Associate Professor Allen Kim (Sociology, American Studies) commented on Professor Imelda Maher's lecture, "The impact of UK withdrawal (Brexit) on Higher Education" and Professor Eilish McAuliffe's "Leadership Education," respectively. Moreover, the audience also actively participated in the exchange of opinions on the roles of higher education.

ICU and UCD has signed an Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Cooperation in September 2019 to promote educational and research exchange between the two universities.

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