Global Leadership Program in Sweden
Date of activity: February 21, 2017 - February 26, 2017
The Graduate School of Education and the Faculty of Education offered the third study program for graduate and undergraduate students in collaboration with Stockholm University in Sweden with which the Graduate School/Faculty has a departmental agreement on student exchange, organized under the Top Global University Project. From February 21st to 26th, the Global Leadership Program in Sweden was held for six days to visit the Department of Education at Stockholm University. The University of Jyväskylä in Finland also participated in this program for the first time. In addition to the exchange of students, an international symposium titled Education for Diversity was included in the program for the graduate students to present research outcomes, this symposium was jointly organized by the Graduate School of Education at the University of Tokyo and the Department of Education at Stockholm University. The undergraduate participants from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Education also presented their academic work during the symposium.
Together with local graduate students, 9 graduate and 6 undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo participated in the activities offered in Stockholm for three days under Associate Professor Yuto Kitamura and other staff members. Professor Shigeo Kodama also joined for the second day of the Symposium to observe the proceedings. One graduate student participant from the School of Engineering and one undergraduate student from the Faculty of Law also participated. On the first day, presentations introducing the three participating universities were given, followed by a guided campus and city tour offered by volunteer graduate students from Stockholm University. On the second day of the symposium, following presentations from the faculty members in the morning, the student session was held in the afternoon and the participants presented their academic work in three groups. The audience, both students and faculty members from the universities, gave favorable comments in addition to posing questions during the discussion periods after the presentations. In the evening, a reception was held on campus and was a good opportunity for all the participants to network with each other. During coffee breaks and the reception, the students from the University of Tokyo were proactive in engaging in conversations with students and staff members of Stockholm University.
On the final day, the students visited local schools in two groups with local students and staff members from both Stockholm University and University of Jyväskylä. The students were given plenty of time to explore the schools with detailed explanations and guidance from the principals and teachers. The questions that the students asked were carefully and thoughtfully answered at each institution.