UK - Japan Symposium on Engineering Education - Past, Present and Future


UK - Japan Symposium on Engineering Education   - Past, Present and Future


Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) is hosting the UK-Japan Symposium on Engineering Education in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Choshu Five's departure for the United Kingdom (UK), which marked the start of mutual development in engineering education between the UK and Japan. The UK has played a significant role in Japan's engineering education history, and it is our hope to maintain and nurture this partnership for the continued growth of both nations.

In this symposium, representatives from leading engineering universities in the UK and Japan will gather to discuss the current state of engineering education and to strengthen the UK-Japan partnership into the future. The symposium consists of three main sessions, during which participating universities will present on various engineering education topics, lectures by experts from industry and government, and an open discussion for participants to exchange views on the future of engineering education.

We look forward to your attendance at this commemorative symposium in support of bilateral ties and future development in engineering education between the UK and Japan.

Participating Universities (providing topics)

From the UK:
From Japan:


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:00 - 18:10
Free (no pre-registration required)


(held in English)

Opening Remarks 
Kikuo Kishimoto, Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Elizabeth Hogben, Head of Science and Innovation, British Embassy Tokyo
Keynote Lecture
Roderick A. Smith, Professor at Imperial College London and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport
Session 1: International Education (Overseas Study and Student Mobility)
  • Keynote Speaker:
    Shigeharu Kato, Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Lunch Break
Special Lecture
Sadayuki Ujihashi, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Session 2: University-Industry Cooperation
  • Keynote Speaker:
    Kenji Toda, Senior Managing Director, Health Care Science Institute
Session 3: Ph.D. Education and Transferable Skills
  • Keynote Speaker:
    Haruyoshi Kumura, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Open Discussion
Closing Remarks
Genta Kawahara, Chairperson of the Eight-University Engineering
Association and Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering Science and School of Engineering Science, Osaka University

Engineering Group 1, Ookayama 1st Administration Office
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Phone: 03-5734-3108

Update : May 16, 2021