The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is an annual summer school programme run by the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Committee and supported by UCL departments. Since its inception in 2015, UCL School of Management has supported two excellent events, first back in 2017 hosting an event on Level 38 and now in 2022 as the main UCL Collaborator.
Every year, pre-university students from the UK and Japan enjoy cultural interaction through various educational activities and events held at UCL and the University of Cambridge.
The idea behind the summer school programme is to help students improve their English, and for the UK participants to learn some Japanese, as well as immersing them in a new culture and develop a global outlook.
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 two years later were followed by the Satsuma 19. All of whom upon returning to Japan went on to play key roles in modernising the country and building ties with international bodies. UCL has had a strong relationship with Japan since then.
The 2022 challenge
The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is a summer school programme where participants attend a series of university-style lectures on a wide range of subjects by UCL academics. They are presented with challenges on a range of topics from data analytics, technology, social subjects, and Japanese culture and have to work together to resolve them. Not only are students faced with academic tasks, they also must navigate cultural and language barriers, too.
The programme has grown year on year and this year saw 100 students participating, 84 from Japan and 16 from the UK.
This year’s theme was “Innovative Enterprises for Sustainable Future”. Students worked together to design solutions to create enterprises and change existing businesses that contribute to global sustainability by leveraging the concepts of SDGs and ESG.
What are the aims of the challenge?
What is UCL School of Management’s role in the challenge
The initiative was supported by various members of the UCL School of Management faculty, all of who gave lectures throughout the 10 days and shared their expertise with participants. Backed by Director of the School Davide Ravasi, School of Management staff delivered the following lectures
Dr Jim Berry – Leadership Under Uncertainty
Prof Paolo Taticchi – An introduction to Modern Corporate Sustainability
Dr Karima Dyussekeneva – Data analytics and ESG
Dr Manzur Rashid – Auction Theory: the four standard auctions
Dr Sunny Lee - Surviving on Challenges Together: Teamwork and team resilience
Quotes from participants
Learn more about the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge.