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Report: UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2021

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge returned for its 7th annual summer school programme. The programme took place online to ensure the safety of all participants. Between 3rd and 24th August, a total of 100 students from Japan joined 35 UK-based students over the course of 4 weeks. This year’s focus was, Art and Design for Sustainable Future.

Over the course, the students took part in lectures and workshops from a wide range of disciplines, delivered by academics from universities in both the UK and Japan. Some of the lectures included “Future Technology: Learning from Intelligence of Insects”, “History of Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi painting” and “Design and Technology for Storytelling”.

The students also took part in cultural exchanges, with UK students learning about Japanese culture and vice-versa. Alongside this, students were guided by various organisations about how they could continue to learn about each other’s cultures and the study abroad options that were available to them.

As always, the summer school culminated in student presentations from the UCL Grand Challenge, themed around the school of the future. The students worked in intercultural groups to showcase what they had learnt over the past few weeks and apply their knowledge to the theme.

For more information about the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge, please visit their website