On Monday, May 15, an event for the “G7 Toyama-Kanazawa Education Ministers’ Meeting” was held at Kanazawa University. The Ministers and representatives from G7 countries and international organizations visited the Kakuma Campus.
President Wada opened with a welcome speech about the history and development of the university, and stated that Kanazawa University will encourage its students and researchers to be fully active in realizing a society where each individual can shine.
In addition, Nakamura Shinichi, Vice President for Research, introduced Kanazawa University’s efforts to realize well-being through “future-oriented intelligence” generated by the university’s research and social co-creation activities. Professor Miki Nakajima of the NanoLSI, Professor Kikuchi of the Research Center for Child Mental Development, and Specially Appointed Assistant Professor Romain Milotskyi of COI-NEXT gave presentations, explaining the results of KU’s advanced research and industry-university collaborative projects that will contribute to future society.
After that, MEXT Minister Nagaoka and representatives from G7 countries and international organizations held a dialogue with 40 students including Kanazawa University students, international students from G7 countries, and high school students from KU Affiliated High School on the theme of future education. During the dialogue, the participants engaged in lively and intensive discussions. In the closing session, Kanazawa University students presented the “Kanazawa University Youth Declaration”. In the declaration, they expressed the importance of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and mobility in their vision for the future of education and declared that they would work to realize peace and well-being for the world. The students who participated in the dialogue prepared for this day by having many discussions in their groups, and it was a valuable opportunity for them to be able to interact directly with the Ministers and representatives of each country.
Furthermore, “Suzukake cookies” made by students of the affiliated special needs school and tea and coffee created from the entrepreneurial and research activities of the university’s students were served to the Ministers and representatives of each country. Also, the plates and water cups made from renewable resources were used at the dialogue as the product of the COI-NEXT project.
KU will continue to utilize the experience and results of this “G7 Toyama-Kanazawa Education Ministers’ Meeting” event for the further internationalization of the university and the development of international exchange in the future.