Youth Living in Global Worlds: Analysing Australian and Japanese Diversity

14 September 2017

Sector: Education and Australian Studies

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

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Photo from the previous program 'Visible/ Invisible Cities: Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne': Classroom session at Sydney, February 2017. Credit: University of Tokyo

Project description

"Youth Living in Global Worlds" will provide an opportunity for Australian and Japanese students to increase mutual understanding, nurture knowledge and interest in each other's culture and society, and to explore common themes and areas of challenge for sharing and pursuing together. 

The central theme of the project is "diversity".  Australia has a rich history of embracing diversity in the making of contemporary Australian society.  In Japan, too, diversity has become one of the key issues in the theoretical and practical discussions on envisioning the future society, and an awareness in diversity is rapidly increasing.

Students from the two countries will participate in a two-way workshop in Australia and Japan respectively, in which they will engage in intensive discussions, exchange ideas, and participate in fieldwork.

The objectives of the program include: raised awareness among students of the number of common challenges faced in contemporary Australia and Japan; identification of potential areas where young people from both countries can work together; and expansion of personal networks beyond the immediate participants that can contribute to the strengthening of linkages and trust-based relationships between Australia and Japan in their future careers.


Key dates:

  • Diversity Workshop: Tokyo Round, The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus; Fieldwork in relevant areas; Overnight trip to Lake Yamanaka for final presentation, 16 to 24 January 2018
  • Welcome gathering and promotion event, The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, 17 January 2018
  • Diversity Workshop: Sydney round, The University of Sydney; fieldwork in relevant areas, 28 February 2018 to 08 March 2018

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $15,000.00 with no GST in addition

Total project value: $36,800.00

Last Updated: 14 September 2017