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Keio University 150th Anniversary International Symposium "Designing the Future in Higher Education" held at Mita Campus

Update:Dec. 12, 2008
Part 1
Part 1 "The Future of Asia"
Part 2 Dialogue with President Anzai
Part 2 Dialogue with President Anzai

Photo: Satoru Inoue

On 7 November from 2:00 p.m., the 150th Anniversary International Symposium "Designing the Future in Higher Education" was held at the North Building Hall of Mita Campus. Presidents and official representatives of partner institutions in town to attend the next day's 150th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony were invited to the symposium to discuss the future of higher education. The event was open to the public.

In Part 1 of the program, Prof. Aftab Seth, from Keio’s Global Security Research Institute, moderated a discussion on "The Future of Asia." Prof. Han-Joong Kim, President of Yonsei University in Korea and Prof. Wang Shenghong, President of Fudan University in China delivered speeches on some of the key issues. These two universities are leading Asian higher education institutions and are both longtime partners of Keio. Prof. Elizabeth J. Perry, Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute and official representative of Harvard University, made some further comments, and a lively discussion was held on the issues of diversity and traditional values in each country.

Part 2 was entitled "President's Dialogue with International Advisors." Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Prof. Peter Mathias, former Master of Downing College Cambridge, both International Advisors of Keio University, spoke with President Yuichiro Anzai about the future of global higher education. Following the dialogue, presidents and representatives of other universities who were present in the audience joined in an active and fruitful discussion.