Japan and Canada Academic Consortium Annual Student Forum

About the program

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:

  1. What are the largest challenges during the time of pandemic?
  2. How can we be inspired by this crisis?
  3. What does your “New Normal” look like?
  4. What sorts of new ideas and experiments have emerged to reduce the negative impact during the time of pandemic?
  5. In what areas can young people play active roles in this situation?
  6. What are the methods to stay connected to the community, motivate oneself, and keep engaging with others?
  7. 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.


Conditions for Selection of Participants

Undergraduate students or graduate students enrolled in the JACAC member institutions are eligible to apply, though priority will be given to senior undergraduate students. Successful applicants should demonstrate a strong academic performance, interest and experiences in extra-curricular activities, and be a good team-player. They must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Approximately 12 participants each from Japan and Canada will be selected. As a rule, we recommend one participant and one alternate from each JACAC member institution.
  • Proficient enough in English to prepare materials, participate in discussions, and deliver presentations
  • Highly motivated students who possess a strong interest in the applicable year’s forum theme. Prior to the forum, participants should prepare themselves for fruitful discussion by researching on a specific topic of their interest relevant to the main theme
  • Students with previous year’s academic score above JASSO GPA 2.0 will be given priority
  • No withdrawal will be allowed after participants are selected. Students must fully
    understand the requirements and the details of the program before submitting
    their applications.

Costs and Fees

Participation Fee: Free

How to apply

Canadian students should submit the following to their own universities

  • Complete application form
  • Statement of Intent: 500 words maximum. Please be sure to include:
    • How will this program benefit you in your current academic program
    • Comment on any experience working in a team

Deadline: All documents must be submitted by email to go.global@ubc.ca by October 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm

We thank all applicants for their interests; however, only those individuals selected for
participation in the forum will be contacted.