GIGA Program Sessions at Open Research Forum 2010

Place: Roppongi Academyhills, Tokyo
Date: Monday, November 22 – Tuesday, November 23, 2010
   

GIGA Program Special Session: SFC and the Global Society
Date: Monday, November 22
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Overview
The Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), which this year celebrated the 20th anniversary of its opening, has promoted education and research based upon borderless global activities, since its inception.
From the 2011 fall semester, with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Global 30” Project for Establishing Core Universities for Internationalization, launched in 2009; Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus will begin a new program which enables students to earn their undergraduate degree in English. The Global ICT and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program, as the name implies, is an undergraduate program teaching leading-edge information and communication technology (ICT), and related policy issues, and business.
Until now, there have been graduate programs allowing students to earn their degree only using English, however, in the over 150 year history of Keio University, this is the first four-year undergraduate program conducted entirely in English. In anticipation of the commencement of the GIGA Program, we welcome business leaders who are developing their businesses globally, and promoting globalization within their organizations. Together with Prof. Jun Murai, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, they will discuss the rearing of talented persons, the role of Japan, and the role of SFC.
 
Program

3:00 p.m. – 3:08 p.m.
Opening remarks and an introduction of the GIGA Program (Professor Jun Murai)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session 1 “Nurturing the Talent of the Global Society”
Dialogue
Mr. Hiroshi Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc.; and Prof. Jun Murai, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Rakuten, Inc., is striving for company-wide globalization and bilingualism, based on a policy of “no English, no job”. They will speak about their achievements, the challenges, the people who survive globally, and the organizations which can capitalize on this talent.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Session 2 “The Role of the Internet in a Global Society”
Mr. Akira Arima, President and CEO of NTT Communications Corporation; and Prof. Jun Murai, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Mr Arima, as head of the corporation which supports the Internet in Japan, will talk with Prof. Jun Murai, who is a pioneer of the Internet in the academic world. They will discuss the role of Internet in the global era; future media and the Internet; the Smart Grid; medical care, elderly people and the Internet.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Session 3 “Creation of a Global Society in the Age of Cloud”
Panel discussion (Facilitator: Prof. Jiro Kokuryo)

5:00 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.
Recap of the preceding two dialogues, and an introduction of the GIGA Program.

5:05 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Presentation by Mr Eiji Uda, President and CEO of Salesforce.com Co., Ltd.
Future direction of cloud service and how it will shape Japan in the global arena.

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Panel discussion
Mr Eiji Uda, President and CEO of Salesforce.com Co., Ltd.; Mr. Akira Arima, President and CEO of NTT Communications Corporation; and Prof. Jun Murai
The age of cloud service further pushes our society to rethink its constructions in many ways, e.g., education, business and legal issues, as the traditional boundaries, such as state, will be less or even no longer relevant. How should Japan reconstruct and reposition itself in the global arena?
 

GIGA Program Session: GIGA Hajimaru
Date: Tuesday, November 23
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Overview
Overview
The Global Information and Communication Technology and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program, an English-based program under the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, will be launched in September 2011.The program equips future global leaders with leading-edge information and communication technology, governance, and business knowledge, combined with problem identification and problem-solving skills. The GIGA Program is targeting students from international schools in Japan, international students planning to study at a university in Japan, Japanese students who are educated overseas, as well as parents and school officials.