2016 JACAC Student Forum Info

 Upcoming Forum: February 14-20, 2016 Hosted by Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan

Keynote Lecture: Professor Hiroshi Amano, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University

As part of the Japan-Canada Student Forum, we are pleased to announce that the keynote lecture for the program will be by Professor Hiroshi Amano, a recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on semiconductor technology. Along with two other colleagues, Professor Amano was awarded the Nobel Prize “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. This lecture will be open only to participants in the Japan-Canada Student Forum.


Location and Date
Conditions for Selection of Participants
How to Apply



The theme of this year’s Student Forum is: “Energy and Society: Increasing Efficiency and Improving Our Quality of Life”. Participants will work in groups to address issues and questions such as:

  1. Should the development of alternative energy sources be encouraged to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels? What are the problems associated with a government-led approach to developing alternative energy sources? What are the problems associated with a market-driven approach?
  2. What technologies are the most promising and which are likely to have the greatest impact on energy-related issues in society?
  3. On a society-level scale, how realistic, effective and cost- efficient are renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, as substitutes for fossil fuels in addressing future energy needs?

With mixed-teams involving students from both Canadian and Japanese universities, the forum consists of the following:

  • Expert Lectures & discussions
  • Group work based on different topics
  • Pre-assignment to prepare for group work
  • Field trips around Nagoya
  • Final presentations at Canadian Embassy in Tokyo
  • Final individual report

All activities will be carried out in English. We will be inviting students from a wide variety of academic fields so that the discussion will be as interdisciplinary as possible.

Location and Date

Hosted by Nagoya University in Aichi, Japan, the Forum will run from February 14-20, 2016. Students will be departing from Canada and Japan in order to arrive in Nagoya on February 13 (Saturday), and will depart the city on February 21 (Sunday). All travel plans to and from Nagoya will be arranged by the organizing committee of the Student Forum. Students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements for any missed classes, although letters of invitation to the Forum will be provided for any students who require one.

Schedule (Tentative)
February 12, 2016 Friday Canadian students depart
February 13, 2016 Saturday Canadian and Japanese students arrive
February 14, 2016 Sunday Orientation, Reception
February 15, 2016 Monday Lectures, Field trip
February 16, 2016 Tuesday Lectures, Group work
February 17, 2016 Wednesday Lectures, Group work, Field trip
February 18, 2016 Thursday Group work, Move to Tokyo
February 19, 2016 Friday Presentations, Closing ceremony
February 20, 2016 Saturday Free day
February 21, 2016 Sunday Students depart


Conditions for Selection of Participants

Undergraduate students or graduate students enrolled in the JACAC member institutions are eligible to apply, though the preference will be given to senior undergraduate students. Successful applicants should demonstrate a strong academic performance, interest and experiences in extra-curricular activities, and be a good team-player. They must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • 14 participants each from Japan and Canada will be selected. (* As a rule, we recommend one participant and one alternate from each JACAC member institution.)
  • Proficient enough in English to prepare materials, participate in discussions, and deliver presentations
  • Highly motivated students who possess a strong interest in the applicable year’s forum theme. Prior to the forum, participants should prepare themselves for fruitful discussion by researching on a specific topic of their interest relevant to the main theme
  • Students with previous year’s academic score above JASSO GPA 2.0 will be prioritized. How to Calculate GPA for JASSO
  • Be able to participate in all the planned activities of the forum
  • No withdrawal will be allowed after participants are selected. Students must fully understand the requirements and the details of the program before submitting their applications.



The Japan-Canada Student Forum will bear the costs for :

  • Transportation to Nagoya and return

Participants from Canada:

  • Transportation expenses from the nearest international airport to Chubu International Airport and transportation expenses from either Haneda or Narita International Airport to the nearest international airport to where they embarked.
  • Ground transportation in Canada and Japan is not included.
  • No extension of stay beyond program schedule is accepted.

Participants from Japan:

  • Transportation expenses (express train) from home city to Nagoya and then from Tokyo to home city.
  • Accommodation Expenses in Japan
  • Nagoya University dormitory
  • Accommodation in Tokyo

Participants are responsible for the following expenses

  • Meals
  • Local transportation expenses, which are unrelated to the program
  • Incidental expenses at accommodation
  • Passport and Visa acquisition fees
  • Travel insurance

Participation Fee: Free*
*Canadian students are required to pay JPY 80,000 for international air fee prior to the program. however this amount will be balanced out from the scholarship which will be provided on the first day (JPY 80,000 per head)


How To Apply
Canadian Students

Application deadline: Friday, October 16, 2015
Canadian students should submit the following to their own universities.

  • Complete application form
  • Original copy of academic transcript(s)
  • Statement of Intent; details include:
    • 500 words maximum
    • Please be sure to include the following points:
    • How will this program benefit you in your current academic program
    • Comment on any experience working in a team

Application Form for Canadian Students (PDF)
Application Form for Canadian Students (Word)

Japanese Students

Application Deadline: Please check your own university’s schedule (Application will start from the end of September)
Japanese Students should submit the following to their own universities

  • Complete application form
  • Original copy of academic transcript(s)[/fancy_list]

Application Form for Japanese Students (PDF)
Application Form for Japanese Students (Word)



We thank all applicants for their interests; however, only those individuals selected for participation in the Forum will be contacted. We anticipate that participants will be contacted in the latter half of December 2015.