International Programs Office

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Japan-Canada Academic Consortium (JACAC)
Student Forum

JACAC Student Forum 2019The 2021 Japan Canada Academic Consortium Student Forum is going online! Join with senior undergraduate student representatives from member institutions in both Japan and Canada to exchange opinions and ideas about a current topic of common interest. The host institution alternates between Canada and Japan each year. 

    The official language of the forum is English.

    2021 Forum


    “Youth During and After the Pandemic: A Proposal for the New Normal”.

    The goal of this online forum is to offer space for conversations to explore the impact of the pandemic on young people and to stay connected with international academic community. COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the future of today’s young people, restricting their opportunities to learn and work. As problems linger, including economic uncertainty, stereotypes against young people, isolation, and unemployment, we need to think together of ways to empower our lives at this time of crisis. Despite these challenges, some people have discovered benefits in this changed lifestyle. Through sharing experiences, participants will come up with ideas about the New Normal for the young generation, focusing on questions such as:

    • What are the largest challenges during the time of pandemic?
    • How can we be inspired by this crisis?
    • What does your “New Normal” look like?
    • What sorts of new ideas and experiments have emerged to reduce the negative impact during the time of pandemic?
    • In what areas can young people play active roles in this situation?
    • What are the methods to stay connected to the community, motivate oneself, and keep engaging with others?
    • What do you expect policymakers and the governments to do for the protection of young vulnerable people?

    Your presentation video will be shared with your universities and government representatives in Canada and Japan.

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

    • Lectures
    • Group work based on different topics
    • Pre-assignment to prepare for group work
    • Final Presentation
    • Final report

    Please note this program is not available for transfer credit.


    There is no participation fee for the program in Winter 2021.


    This program is open to anyone with a general interest in this year’s topic, though priority will be given to senior undergraduate students. JACAC welcomes applications from students in all academic disciplines.

    Since all activities will be conducted in English, no prior knowledge of the Japanese language is necessary.


    1st Group: $100 CAD per person (gift card)

    All participating students will receive program certificates.

    This forum is sponsored by the following organizations.

    • Prince Takamado Japan Canada Memorial Fund
    • Mitsui UFJ Foundation
    • Japan-Canada Academic Consortium

    Applications for Winter 2021 must be submitted online by Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at noon (EST).

    This application is now closed, thank you to those who submitted applications.

    Canadian students should submit the following to Queen's University in pdf format.

    • Completed application form
    • Original copy of academic transcript(s) - we will accept an unofficial transcript from SOLUS
    • 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

    Full application details are online on the main JACAC website where you can also find additional program information.