Opening ceremony (Left: Kenji Kakuta, Director of International Affairs Department Shinshu University, moderating in English and Russian, Right: Kiyoshi Tanaka, Vice President of Shinshu University (in charge of international exchange) giving opening rema

The Japan-Russia Student Forum was co-hosted by the Japan-Russia Youth Exchange Center and the Institute of Youth Policy and International Relations of the Russian Technological University(MIREA) at Shinshu University Matsumoto Campus, November 29th through December 1st.

11 students from Shinshu University were among the 30 Japanese participants and 30 guests from Russia, who took part in an open discussion about various issues concerning the youth of both nations. Young people are the next generation to lead and build a cooperative relationship for the future of Russia and Japan.

On November 29th, a Friday, the Japanese group began with a preliminary study session. The Russian arrived in Japan and joined the Japanese group for the orientation. The group was able to comfortably break the ice through self-introductions and asking each other questions.

The opening ceremony and plenary session was held the next day, on Saturday. The main forum was also held on this day. The group divided into four groups by theme and the discussions were lively as each group prepared enthusiastically for the presentations the next day. In the late afternoon a party was held at the restaurant Soleil, on the top floor of the university hospital.

On the final day, Sunday, each student group presented their efforts through original ideas such as role playing and video presentations. Vice President Kiyoshi Tanaka of the Center for Global Education and Collaborations presented a certificate of completion to each of the youngest member of Japan and Russia at the closing ceremony on behalf of their prospective countries.

It is with great hope that exchange between Russia and the university will continue to prosper in the near future.

[Keynote Speaker]
 Igor Trushin, Professor of Faculty of Science

[Sub-committee theme] (Facilitator)
A. How to Contribute to Maintain World Peace (Yu Sengoku, Assistant Professor of the Center for Global Education and Collaboration)
B. Pursuing SDGs (Amanda Schuetze, Assistant Professor of the Center for Global Education and Collaboration)
C. Corresponding Next Generation (Society 5.0)(Yoshiko Kato, Associate Professor of the Research Center for Higher Education)
D. Promoting Intercultural Dialogue (Kozo Kato, Professor and Deputy Director of the Research Center for Higher Education)

Group Presentation