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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)

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How should universities cultivate professionals who can survive in an unpredictable world?

Holding the "2012 University Education Reform Regional Forum in Waseda University"

Discussing issues in university education

On May 28th, the "2012 University Education Reform Regional Forum in Waseda University" was held at our university's Masaru Ibuka Auditorium through cooperation with the MEXT. More than 300 people attended the forum, which addressed the question of how universities should cultivate professionals who can survive in an unpredictable world.

Panelists included Ms. Miho Takai, Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Mr. Katsuhiko Shirai, former President of Waseda University and Director of the Foundation for the Open University of Japan. A lively discussion was held regarding issues in university education, as well as specific measures to be taken. The discussion was conducted from a variety of perspectives, including opinions on what should be studied through university education and addressing the need for systems which realize proactive studies. Vice-Minister Takai gave a presentation on Japanese government's past measures, the need for laws and system, and future issues related to study time. A broad discussion of issues in university education was held, and the forum was an opportunity for each attendee to reconsider the meaning of studying at university.