The Program for Leading Graduate Schools, established in 2011 through support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), has so far selected 62 programs (33 universities) and worked to foster unique leaders. These programs have been continued independently with an eye to permanency at their respective universities as new extended educational programs/courses, and are starting to take root.

 Fiscal 2019 will be the last year of MEXT’s involvement, with funding provided only for those programs selected in 2013. The Program for Leading Graduate Schools Forum 2019 marks this turning point, and will be held as a culmination of the yearly Leading Fora which have taken place each year so far. The Forum will provide a valuable opportunity for students currently enrolled in the Leading Program or in other new educational programs/courses to interact with Leading Program graduates who are now active in society.


 To allow the cutting-edge approaches and successes of the Leading Program to move beyond its boundaries, and to serve as a leading indicator within each university and more broadly in all Japanese graduate schools as part of their graduate school reform, the Forum aims to bring together doctoral students and graduates from the Program to approach the topic of “How I will change the world”, and send out their message.

 The Forum encourages the students of its 62 programs to build a human network through lectures and workshops, and will, by connecting and promoting exchange between people from differing fields, provide opportunities for participants to acquire interdisciplinary insights and sensibilities that will lead to innovation. We hope that the networks cultivated at this Forum will further serve as a foundation for maintaining and promoting exchange between programs well after the conclusion of the MEXT Program.

 As a part of the Forum, a University Presidents’ roundtable meeting will also take place, offering an opportunity for presidents of the funded universities to exchange opinions on graduate education.

Workshop outline

 The main theme of the Forum is “How we (i.e. Leading Program students) want and how we can change the world 10 years from now.” Participants will consider in workshop format how they intend to demonstrate the leadership skills they acquired through the Leading Program, and carry out facilitated discussions focused on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which represent common global issues. Based on the new awareness thus gained, the Leading Program students will aim to clarify their own future plans and jointly formulate shared principles. The final goal is for participants to vow to reunite in 10 years, to review these principles and share their intervening successes.


  1. by September 30th, 2019
    Workshop registration
  2. by October 31st, 2019
    Notification of assigned sessions, teams, and team goals to participants
  3. by November 29th, 2019
    Team preparation
  4. November 30th, 2019
    Team activities and presentations

List of facilitators
( Alphabetical order )

< Workshop Coordinator >

  1. Toru ASAHI
    Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University /
    Program Coordinator, Leading Graduate Program in Science and Engineering

< Session facilitators >

  1. Seiji TAGAMI
    President, FieldUP
  2. Takechika TSURUTANI
    CEO, Polygon Magic, INC. /
    Visiting Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University
  3. Taiju Suzuki
    Senior Diversity Facilitator, GiFT
    Executive coach

< Team facilitators >

  1. Chiharu TOKORO
    Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  2. Emi TAMAKI
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  3. Haruko NOGUCHI
    Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
  4. Haruko TAKEYAMA
    Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  5. Masami KOMATSU
    CEO, Music Securities, Inc.
  6. Naoto KOBAYASHI
    Professor, Research Innovation Center, Waseda University
  7. Nobuhiko HIBARA
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University
  8. Rami SUZUKI
    Head, Medical Affairs Division, Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K
  9. Shin KIKUCHI
  10. Shukuko KOYAMA
    Associate Professor, Center for International Education, Waseda University
  11. Takayuki AKIMOTO
    Professor, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University
  12. Takeshi FUKUDA
    Director, IBM Japan Ltd / Director, IBM Research - Tokyo
  13. Tetsunori KOBAYASHI
    Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
  14. Tetsuya OGATA
    Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University

The workshop is supported by Skyward EDGE Consortium and CAMPUS Asia ENGAGE .