Education, Traditional & Culture

UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2022

The UCL-Japan Youth Challenge is a prestigious annual summer school programme.
This programme was established in 2015 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Choshu Five1 and the Satsuma 19 students2. They were the first Japanese students who studied at UCL (University College London). Upon return they played leading roles in modernising Japan. In this summer school, pre university students from Japan and the UK attend a series of university-style lectures on a wide range of subjects by academics from UCL, and engage in UCL Grand Challenge Workshop, which aims to investigate one of the social issues in the world and explore solutions to it through discussion between Japanese and UK-based participants.

  1. Choshu Five:
  2. Satsuma 19 students:

In the eighth year 2022, we hold our programme online. In order to improve quality of this programme, we have increased the number and subjects of lectures, which cover from science, technology, social subjects, and Japanese culture. The theme of UCL Grand Challenge Workshop is ‘Innovative Enterprises for Sustainable Future’.

More information about the programme:

Why join us?

By participating in the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge 2022, you can:

  1. Experience university education by attending a series of lectures in various subjects, which cover biomedicine, technology and social science.
  2. Attend our face-to-face lectures on Wednesday 3rd August at UCL, in which all participants based in the UK are welcome to join, though it is optional, and participants may attend these lectures virtually.
  3. Learn Japanese culture from a wide range of lectures and interact with participants from approximately 30 Japanese high schools across the country. You can make Japanese friends!
  4. Learn how to get studentships to study at Japanese universities. The Embassy of Japan in the UK guides you through the studentships.
  5. Join the Japan Foundation’s programmes. The Japan Foundation London provides a lecture on information about their programmes.

How to join us?

Visit our programme website and start your application now!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge this summer.

Professor Shin-ichi Ohnuma 大沼 信一
Chair, UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Committee
UCL Japan Ambassador
UCL Professor
11-43 Bath Street, London EC1V 9EL United Kingdom

Programme outline

Dates: 2nd August – 23rd August 2022 (4 weeks, weekdays only)

Time: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm in UK time (BST), 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm in Japan time (JST) (tbc)


  1. UCL Grand Challenge Event Theme: Innovative Enterprises for Sustainable Future
    (See next page for details)
  2. A series of lectures
    Academic lectures – We host a number of academic lectures, which cover science, technology, and social subjects.
    Japanese culture – This includes various lectures on Japanese culture, such as cooking, haiku, and so forth.
    Education – We provide information on how to go on to Japanese universities for participants based in the UK. UCL explains how to enter universities in the UK, especially for participants from Japanese high schools.


Week 1Tuesday 2nd August: Introduction
Wednesday 3rd *3, Thursday 4th, Friday 5th August: Lectures

Place: UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Date: Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Time: Afternoon (tbc)
Programme: Two lectures by UCL academics, UCL Bloomsbury campus tour,
taking a photograph at UCL Japanese Garden
Week 2Tuesday 9th August: Academic Lectures
Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th, Friday 12th August: Lectures
Week 3Tuesday 16th August: UCL Grand Challenge Workshop
Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th, Friday 19th August: Preparation for Presentation
Week 4Tuesday 23rd August: Presentation & Final Ceremony

*3 Wednesday 3rd August is a hybrid event in which all participants based in the UK are welcome to attend face-to-face lectures held at UCL, though it is optional, and participants may attend these lectures virtually.

NB: Weeks 1–4 on Tuesdays arethe main programme events and full attendance is required. Various lectures will be held onother weekdays. A minimum attendance of eightlectures is required.

Homework: To be provided prior to the programme.
Programme fee: £50.00 *4

*4 Our standard programme fee was £200.00, however by curtesy of various sponsors in the UK, we are pleased to announce that the feefor UK based participantshas been reduced to £50.00.

Innovative Enterprises for Sustainable Future

What is a sustainable society and world? What is our need for human survival? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),and Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) are the key to thesequestions. SDGs are 17 goals proposed by the United Nation, which are intendedto be achieved by 2030. ESG is the three essential elements for a company or organisation to grow.In this summer school programme, our participants from Japanese high schools and UK sixth form colleges work together to design solutions to create enterprisesand change existing businessesthat contribute to global sustainability leveraging the conceptsof SDGs and ESG. You need to be a disruptive and creative thinker. You will tackle a challenge of building a sustainable business by applying ‘design thinking’techniques. You will be discussing in a group of diverse thinkers and deriving your solution in the end.Youalso have opportunities to consolidate your understanding about SDGs and ESG throughlectures. After this journey, you will be ready to see the world through the lens of a top-notch design thinker.

This summer school programmeis organised by the UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Committee.

In partnership with the Japan Foundation, Rikkyo School in England and UK Japan Institute
In collaboration with Shimizu Corporation and UCL Grand Challenges


UCL-Japan Youth Challenge Committee Office JAPAN AT UK LIMITED
8A Station Parade, Uxbridge Road, London W5 3LD

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