第170回 WORKSHOP報告(3月17日) / 参加者62名

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workshop参加人数:62名(うち新人の方:4名)
○ 【前半】Pay it forward ~touching stories
○ 【後半】How Japanese universities can be attractive and competitive enough to compete with foreign universities?
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≪FIRST HALF≫
<Agenda>
Pay it forward ~touching stories~

<Questions>
Q1. Have you ever heard of the word “paying it forward”?
Q2. Have you ever “paid it forward” before?
Q3. Have you ever heard of stories like “Pay It Forward”?
Q4. This story is set in the United States. I haven’t heard of this kind of stories so much in Japan.
Why are there not so many stories in Japan?
Q5. Please tell your touching stories. It doesn’t have to be true stories.
You can bring them from movies, TV drama or novels.

I like watching movies and English dramas especially touching stories.
It sometimes makes tears fall down from my eyes.
“Paying it forward” means doing good deeds for others without asking for anything in return.
Instead the recipient is asked to do a good turn for someone else in need.
It’s from novels and it became movie in 2000.
It’s story about the boy who wants to change the world by doing good things to other people.
Please bring at least one touching stories and share it! It doesn’t have to be true stories.
You can bring them from movies, TV drama or novels.

<References>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATdgfNJjnfo (If you have time, please watch it.)
https://hackernoon.com/pay-it-forward-youll-be-surprised-to-see-how-much-you-can-achieve-201c0f4044a7
Pay It Forward, You’ll Be Surprised To See How Much You Can Achieve.
I feel really good when I’m able to help someone. I also feel good when I’m helped.
But it’s a different feeling. When I’m helped, I feel in debt to the person who helped me.
People help other people for many reasons and interests. In business, we may pay for help with money.
But sometimes, money is not in the equation, like when you get advice from a mentor or you’re introduced to someone.
That’s when you hear the expression: “Pay it forward”. Remember the movie?
In case you are too young, here’s something amazing Kevin Spacey did a long time ago, before House Of Cards or being accused:
The concept is pretty simple:
If you help three people, who then in turn help three more people and so on, we would be able to help millions.

≪LATTER HALF≫
(Agenda)
How Japanese universities can be attractive and competitive enough to compete with foreign universities?

We’ve experienced freezing winter and spring is around the corner.
Spring is the season when many students graduate from their high schools and enter universities.
Now in Japan, this is the time where a lot of high school students will be involved with the preparations for entrance exams, and as a result, the competition for elite universities has been really heated. On the other hand, many private universities (>40%) are on the verge of bankruptcy due to the declining number of children.
Recently, the government has made efforts to enhance the universities of Japan. For example, they introduced a policy to subsidize some universities (Super Global Universities) to support their strategies for internationalization so that they can receive more international students. However, it is often said that Japanese universities have settled in the “Blue Ocean” (a market without competition), where each university has its own relative position according to the academic level of new entrants (deviation value, or so-called Hensachi), rather than being judged by their actual activities or capabilities.
With the wave of internationalization affecting the higher educational institutions, more and more talented students of Japan are beginning to consider foreign universities for their future path (called Brain Drain). If this trend continues, Japanese universities will sooner or later be kicked out from the safe ocean and be engulfed in Red Ocean.
Therefore, only way for Japanese universities to survive is to brush up on their strengths, characteristics, overcome difficulties, and become more attractive and competitive in the global market; Let’s discuss how to make it happen!

【Discussion①】How to define a “good” university? (~19:35)
 (Appoint one presenter in each group for intersession)
1. Share your idea on which university do you think is the best in Japan and the reason briefly.
2. Discuss the best university in Japan, in Asia and in the world, and pick up one for each.
3. How do you compare universities? Write as many criteria as possible.

【Intersession】(19:35~19:50)
Share opinions (which universities are chosen in each group)

【Discussion②】How Japanese universities can be more attractive and competitive? (19:50~20:10)
4. Do you agree with the idea that Japanese government should subsidize universities enough to make all tuitions free?
5. The importance of a “healthy competition” among universities is mentioned in the short video (reference).
Do you think Japanese universities are competitive enough? Discuss what is required to enhance them. (Write on the memo)

【Summary】(20:10~20:15)
Share opinions (how to enhance universities of Japan)

(Reference)
■Times Higher Education Ranking(article)
 https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/world-university-rankings-2018-results-announced

■Times Higher Education Japan University Ranking (short video)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijq3hjL_7zA

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