Forum Dates: February 13, 2021 – February 29, 2021
Where: Online – Hosted by The University of Alberta
Each year, JACAC member institutions host a one week, free, student forum for undergraduate students. This is an opportunity to collaborate with students from all over Canada and Japan to come together to find real world solutions to complex, modern problems. With mixed-teams involving students from both Canadian and Japanese universities, the forum consists of the following:
• Expert lectures & discussions
• Group work based on the conference themes as part of a simulation module,
wherein student groups assume the role of various G-7 member-states
• Pre-assignment to prepare for group work related to the simulation
• Final individual report
Theme: Youth During and After the Pandemic: A Proposal for the New Normal
The goal of this online forum is to offer space for conversations to explore the impact of the pandemic on young people and to stay connected with international academic community. COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the future of today’s young people, restricting their opportunities to learn and work. As problems linger, including economic uncertainty, stereotypes against young people, isolation, and unemployment, we need to think together of ways to empower our lives at this time of crisis. Despite these challenges, some people have discovered benefits in this changed lifestyle. Through sharing experiences, participants will come up with ideas about the New Normal for the young generation, focusing on questions such as:
- What are the largest challenges during the time of pandemic?
- How can we be inspired by this crisis?
- What does your “New Normal” look like?
- What sorts of new ideas and experiments have emerged to reduce the negative impact during the time of pandemic?
- In what areas can young people play active roles in this situation?
- What are the methods to stay connected to the community, motivate oneself, and keep engaging with others?
- What do you expect policymakers and the governments to do for the protection of young vulnerable people?
Your presentation video will be shared with your universities and government representatives in Canada and Japan.
Get more information on the forum from the Japan-Canada Academic Consortium website.