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Queen's University


Japan Canada Academic Consortium (JACAC)

Student Forum 2014
Hosted by Meiji University, Tokyo

February 14 - 23, 2014

Hosted by Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan, the Forum will run from February 14 – 23, 2014. Students will be departing from Canada and Japan in order to arrive in Tokyo on February 15, and will depart the city on February 23th.  

This international forum provides a fantastic opportunity for students to interact with their peers from a different culture, in order to gain insight into their current areas of academic interest and to encourage a flow of ideas between Canada and Japan.

The theme of this year's forum is "Toward a Sustainable Economic and Social Development: Challenges in Aging Society in Canada and Japan.” An aging population is a problem shared by many developed countries, including Canada and Japan. On one hand, drastic increases expenses related to things such as medical expenses and pensions threaten the sustainability of public finances, while on the other hand, things such as the increase of “Silver Business” and the city planning, etc. necessary for dealing with “Compact Cities” can include the chance for economic growth. Both countries are faced with the extremely important question of how they can create a sustainable future in the midst of aging populations. At the forum, which includes lectures from experts, discussion, group work, etc., Japanese and Canadian students will spend a week together while working on the issue in depth – all with the goal of solving problems of a global scale and deepening mutual understanding between Japan and Canada..


  • 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. Approximately 15 participants each from Japan and Canada will be selected.
  • Proficient enough in English to prepare materials, participate in discussions, and deliver presentations.
  • Highly motivated students who possess a strong interest in the 2013 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.
  • Should be able to participate in all the planned activities of the Forum.

    Application Deadline: October 18, 2013

Students should submit the following to

  • Complete application form 

  • original copy of academic transcript(s)
  • Statement of Intent:
  • 500 words maximum
  • Please be sure to include the following points:
  1. How this program will benefit you in your current academic program
  2. Comment on your experience working in a team.

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JACAC will not only connect you to like-minded individuals in Japan and Canada, but also open you to global opportunities!

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