Keio University was the host for the 15th Korea-Japan Millennium Forum, which was held from October 25–26 (Tues.–Wed.) at Keio’s Mita Campus.
First established in 2002, the forum brings together the presidents and representatives of four universities in Korea and Japan—namely Keio University, Waseda University, Korea University, and Yonsei University—to further develop and strengthen collaborative ties. The annual forum is hosted by each of the four universities in turn. The inaugural forum in 2002 was hosted by Waseda University and this was the fourth time the forum was held at Keio University.
Under the theme "Common Challenges and Opportunities: How can Leading Private Universities in Korea and Japan Contribute to the Sustainability of Global Society through Innovations?" a Presidents Session was held in the morning of the 26th, followed by a Student Session and two Researchers Sessions in the afternoon.
For the Students Session, four students (one from each university) gave a presentation to the university presidents about the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics in the two countries (PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020). In the Researchers Sessions, the panelists representing each university gave a presentation, which was followed by in-depth discussions. The topics of the sessions concerned issues common to both Japan and Korea—the electoral system which is the foundation of democracy, and the challenges of a rapidly ageing society.
From left: President Atsushi Seike (Keio University), President Yong-Hak Kim (Yonsei University), President Jaeho Yeom (Korea University), President Kaoru Kamata (Waseda University)
Presentation by the student representatives of each university