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2022/04/06 11:50:00 UNESCO Fundraiser for Refugees from Ukraine

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Sixteen students and two faculty members from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies joined the Kyoto UNESCO Association's fundraising activity on April 4th to raise funds for the Romania UNESCO Association's efforts to assist those people fleeing the invasion of Ukraine into Romania. In just 90 minutes of fundraising in the Kyoto Station area, over 135,000 yen was collected for the Ukraine Emergency Fundraising Fund, which is providing accommodation, food, and daily necessities for refugees being settled in Romania.

Students from the Department of Global Studies (DGS), Department of British and American Studies (Eibei), the Chinese Department and French Department distributed information flyers and collected donations. The fundraising campaign is being sponsored by the Japan UNESCO Association and will continue until the end of May. For more information and how to donate online, please follow the link: https://www.unesco.or.jp/newsitem/12088/

Thanks to McGregor sensei of the DGS, Kato sensei of the General Education department, and all of the participating students from all departments on a job well done! Taking individual action to help solve a problem in society is what being a Changemaker is all about.


  • Kato sensei, McGregor sensei, and their students collecting donations near Kyoto Station
  • Fundraising on the Streets of Kyoto to support refugees of the war in Ukraine
  • KUFS Faculty and students along with UNESCO representatives on the day of the event

2022/03/24 15:00:00 Seminar “The United Nations and the World: And Inside Look“

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  • Posted byProf. Takaaki Miyaguchi
On 5 March, an online seminar titled “UN Seminar” was successfully organized as part of the orientation event that had been postponed several times.

The seminar started at 8 am and lasted until 1 pm. This half-day seminar was organized and co-hosted by Global Studies Syndicate based in New York City, which has extensive network and experience with the United Nations and other international organizations.

The main aim of this seminar was to share and discuss the important issues of the international society through the lens of top officials of various international organizations. The invited special speakers were: the former Chief of the Office of Internal Oversight Services at the United Nations; Senior Evaluation Officer at the Independent Evaluation Office of United Nations Development Programme; and the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of Global Environment Facility. Altogether, the seminar has covered a very critical set of global themes that the international society has to address with urgency, i.e. peace and humanitarian affairs, environment and sustainability, and poverty alleviation and development.

During this live session, connecting New York City and Washington DC simultaneously, as many as 140 students joined eagerly listening to what these speakers had to say. And at the end of each speaker’s lecture, there was a very lively Q&A session where the students have cast many pertinent questions, e.g. the ones concerning the Ukraine crisis and what the international society can and should do.

All the speakers were very impressed with the interest and enthusiasm of Global Studies students and said that they felt hopeful to see such aspiring and talented youths in Japan.

Knowing the world and seeing it through multiple, different perspectives are the first steps toward becoming a changemaker, the motto of the Department of Global Studies. Similar events are being planned to further stimulate the Global Studies students within and outside the campus.

2022/02/01 13:30:00 KUFS Business for Good Competition 2022

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  • Posted byHult Prize KUFS
At the Department of Global Studies, students are encouraged to be changemakers.

So, building on the changemaker theme, on January 23, 2022, the KUFS Business for Good Competition was held in a hybrid format (on campus and online via Zoom) with the theme of creating new businesses that offer meaningful employment opportunities during this difficult time of Covid-19. Specifically, this year’s challenge was for student teams to create a business that “promotes sustainable growth and employment” with the potential to have both local and global impact.

Three teams made up of first- to fourth-year students from the Department of Global Studies joined the event and competed with their innovative business ideas which all connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The winning team was team TAKE. Their business idea focused on ways to help unemployed PhDs (a problem in Japan but also around the world). As the winner, Team TAKE now will move on to the Regional Summit in June. Between now and then, they will continue develop and refine their business idea and model.

We encourage Team Take in their next steps and the leadership team has already started planning for next year’s event to make it bigger, better and even more impactful!

Would you like to join us for next year’s competition?

To learn more, please check out our pictures from this year and feel free to contact us at hultprizekufs@gmail.com if you have questions.

2021/12/20 12:50:00 The 15th Annual Morita Cup and The Mainichi Cup Pair Presentation Contest on Japanese culture

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  • Posted byAaron P Campbell, Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies Chair
We are pleased to announce that two second-year students in the Department of Global Studies, Ena Kambashi and Narumi Shimamoto, took third place in The 15th Annual Morita Cup and The Mainichi Cup Pair Presentation Contest on Japanese culture on Saturday, December 18. The contest featured ten pairs of participants from eight different universities in Japan. The title of Ms. Kambashi and Ms. Shimamoto's presentation was The Color and Sound of Nature in Japan. They showed many examples of how nature is reflected in Japanese culture through traditional Japanese colors and in the Japanese language itself in the form of onomatopoeia.

Both students worked hard to research their topic, prepare their presentation, and deliver it in front of a live audience, both on campus and online. Watch their presentation now on YouTube.

The pairs presentation contest is an annual event held by the Department of British and American Studies and the Career English Department at the Junior College, both of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. Read more about it or watch the video.

We are all very proud of the efforts and performance of these two talented students in our Global Studies department. Well done Ena and Narumi!

2021/12/03 11:30:00 Active-learning workshop on the theme ‘Onkochishin and Cultural Heritage’ for the Maizuru City UNESCO Association

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GS Students and faculty facilitate active-learning workshop on the theme ‘Onkochishin and Cultural Heritage’ for the Maizuru City UNESCO Association

Six students from the Global Studies department joined Angus McGregor, UNESCO School coordinator for Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School and part-time faculty at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, to facilitate a workshop on the theme Onkochishin and Cultural Heritage for the Maizuru City UNESCO Association on November 20th in Maizuru, Kyoto.

The workshop, originally planned for September but postponed until November due to the ongoing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, was organized and facilitated by McGregor and the GS students to be an active-learning experience for the 30 adult participants, which included representatives from the Maizuru UNESCO Association and local businesses, as well as high school teachers from area high schools.

Narumi Shimamoto, 2nd year student, said, “We facilitated the workshop with the theme, “Onkochishin”, which translates to mean learning from the past to understand the present and the future. Activities were planned to get workshop participants thinking about both tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Maizuru City and how to protect these important things for the future.”

McGregor opened the workshop with a presentation on the importance of protecting cultural heritage in the age of globalization and then the 6 students each took turns facilitating the three-hour workshop, which included sessions organized around an ice breaker activity, small-group brainstorming, and presentations. Yasuhisa Higashiguchi, a 2nd year student, said, “Everyone had their own roles and responsibilities for the project. I think that is why everyone was motivated. In some sections, there were some difficulties and troubles to help participants understand what they needed to do. In such cases, all the members met to regroup and continue leading the workshop.”

Shimamoto said, “First, we went into the main part of this project by introducing how we define tangible and intangible cultural heritage. After that, we distributed some pictures of examples of culture from the Maizuru region and asked participants to divide them into tangible and intangible categories. Following discussion activities on the pictures, participants made presentations to all participants on their group’s discussion and their ideas regarding how people can protect and preserve culture for the sake of handing it over to future generations.”

According to McGregor, the students did an excellent job facilitating the workshop and interacting with the adult participants through the workshop. “After each small group presentation, the GS students provided comments and reflections on what the groups presented. Their comments were very real and insightful and showed some real engagement with the process. I think there was a lot of learning happening, for both the students and the workshop participants. In fact, some of the workshop participants commented how much they enjoyed discussing the topic with each other, instead of just listening to a speaker,” said McGregor.

To conclude the workshop the students presented on student activities at KUFS such as the Japan University English Model United Nations (JUEMUN), Community Engagement projects, and the Hult Prize. Ryo Nakatsuji, 2nd year student, presented on the recent Ukyo Voices project and shared with the workshop participants the URL codes for the project’s Japanese and English website.

Before the workshop took place, three members of the Maizuru UNESCO Association accompanied the students and McGregor to the Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum for a guided tour by the museum’s director. The museum is dedicated to the Japanese repatriates who were interned in labor camps in the former Soviet Union during World War II and returned to Japan via ship to Maizuru City. In 2015, 570 items selected from the museum’s collection were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.

Yasuhisa said, “We went to the museum that is for the Japanese people who came back from the former Soviet Union labor camps after they were released at the end of World War II. They were forced to be workers for the Soviet Union and they spent such a hard life there. They all suffered from the cold temperatures, hardness of work and poor amount of food. Many of them died because of these bad conditions. In the museum, there were figures showing how hard life was in the Soviet Union as prisoners of war. These images impressed me so much.”

Shimamoto said, “It was my first time to participate in such an event, and it was very enjoyable. We were able to plan and organize the event from scratch, which gave us a lot of inspiration. Although there were some things that we failed to do in terms of management, we would like to plan another event like this. Thank you very much for this very valuable experience!”
  • Group Picture
  • Ice Breaker Session
  • Small Group Discussion

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