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Ritsumeikan University Hosts the 2nd The Top Global University Project Online Symposium

On 30th November 2020 Ritsumeikan University hosted a second series of the Top Global University Project online symposium: “Globalization in Higher Education post COVID-19 Pandemic.”
At this symposium, we have discussed a vision of the future internationalization of Japanese universities by introducing what the "new normal" is in higher education and case studies of national, public and private universities, 264 people from 24 countries and regions participated in this symposium and one in five were from overseas.

Top Global University Project - 2nd Online Symposium
“Globalization in Higher Education post COVID-19 Pandemic”


  •  Date:30 November 2020
  •  Time:5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (JST)
  •  Host:Ritsumeikan University
  •  Co-Host:The University of Tokyo, Keio University
  •  Number of participants: 264
  •  Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation provided


Moderator:Prof. Ryuzo Ueno, Trustee / Vice President, Ritsumeikan University

  • 1. Opening Remarks
    Dr. Yoshio Nakatani, President, Ritsumeikan University

  • 2. Greetings and Explanation of Policies
    Mr. Kuniaki Sato, Chief Director for University Reform and Director, Office for International Planning, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan
    ・Updates on the Education Rebuilding Implementation Council
    ・Survey result (2nd) report for the Top Global Universities

  • 3. Summary on the previous symposium
    Prof. Shinnosuke Obi, Vice-President for International Collaboration, Keio University

  • 4. Presentation by guest speakers (20mins/session x3)
    Case Study 1: Hiroshima University
    Dr. Satoshi Watanabe, Executive Vice President for Global Strategy

    Case Study 2: Akita International University
    Dr. Yoshitaka Kumagai, Trustee/Vice President

    Case Study 3: Ritsumeikan University
    Prof. Ritsuko Kawamura, Trustee and Dean of the College of International Relations

  • 5. Introducing Digital Credentials to Japanese Universities
    Prof. Shingo Ashizawa, Professor, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Toyo University
    Mr. Koichi Nakasaki, Chief Research Officer, Institute for Future Engineering

  • 6. Comment on above presentations and views on future direction of Internationalization of HE
    Prof. Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education, Department of Education and Linacre College, University of Oxford

  • 7.Panel discussion: Internationalization of HE post covid-19
    Panellists: Guest speakers from 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8

  • 8.Closing
    Prof. Naoto Sekimura, Vice President, The University of Tokyo


[MEXT] Reshaping Remodeling Internationalization of HE
[MEXT] Questionnaire results (2nd)
[Keio University] Review on the First MEXT Top Global University Project Online Symposium
[Hiroshima University] Case Study
[Akita International University] Case Study
[Ritsumeikan University] Case Study
[Toyo University] Foreign Credential and Digital Student Data Portability
[Institute for Future Engineering] Digitising Academic Credentials
[Oxford University] Higher education and the Covid-19 pandemic – worldwide developments