On Monday, October 19, the International Symposium on Double Degree Strategy was held at the North Hall on Keio University’s Mita Campus in association with T.I.M.E. Association and the School of Internet (SOI) research group. The symposium was an opportunity to discuss novel strategies for international collaboration in higher education on a global level, as well as a networking opportunity for the many participants from Japanese, European, and other Asian universities and institutions.
Prof. Tojiro Aoyama, Dean of the Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Technology, welcomed the guests and affirmed that participating in international associations like T.I.M.E., which facilitates collaboration through double degree programs around the world, is one of the most important activities of the Graduate School of Science and Technology in its efforts to globalize its education and research.
Prof. Shinnosuke Obi of the Keio University Faculty of Science and Technology, who chaired the symposium, gave the first presentation on Keio’s recent activities to promote student mobility. The first session also featured presentations from Prof. Fouad Bennis, Director of International Relations at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, and Mr. Paul Crowther, the Secretary General of the T.I.M.E. Association, which Keio has been a member of since 2007. Prof. Keiko Okawa of the Keio University Graduate School of Media Design also gave a presentation about the School of Internet Asia Project, a research group she has been leading since 2001.
The following three sessions covered the topic from various angles, including a panel discussion and a presentation on alumni activities by the President of the T.I.M.E. Alumni Association, which was well-represented at the symposium.