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Overview of the business

The environment surrounding universities is changing drastically, such as the further decline in the 18-year-old population, the arrival of the era of 100-year lifespans, Society 5.0 due to the sophistication of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the progress of globalization. University staff are required to have the ability to steer accurately with an eye on the next generation, to accurately analyze changes in the environment and the needs of society, reflect them in organizational decision-making, and lead to the realization of social missions such as education, research, and social contribution.
This SD seminar is mainly targeted at young and mid-career employees, and aims to develop human resources who will lead the next generation of each university. The decisive difference from the SD program conducted at a single university is that it is a place of "cross-border learning" where human resources of similar ages gather from national, public, private universities and junior colleges, work hard together over a long period of several months, and strong interaction occurs. In addition, it differs from other similar programs in that it has public presentations and graduation reports, and instead of "keep trying" or "listening," it is firmly summarized as policy recommendations (business improvement proposals for the workplace, new business proposals, etc.), and there are several support mechanisms for that purpose.
Alumni have commented on specific achievements and changes in behavior, such as "I was able to build a network with other university staff that I can connect with throughout my life," "I was able to relearn the basic knowledge of higher education," "I was able to collect information, summarize information, and make recommendations based on facts and logic," and "I became interested in higher education in general and began to read various reports and industry publications."
It's only a few months, maybe a few months. We hope that you will take on the challenge as a step to improve yourself, gain strength, and enrich your life as a university employee.

Outline of the event

Venue Campus Plaza Kyoto
Quorum 16 students (document screening will be conducted based on the application form)
Target As of the start date of the SD seminar, in principle, those who have at least 3 years of work experience as a university employee.
Attendance fee University Consortium Kyoto member universities and junior colleges: 20,000 yen Other than the above: 60,000 yen

* Please note that once the tuition fee has been paid, it cannot be refunded.

Application deadline Must arrive by Thursday, April 27, 2023

Organizer: University Consortium Kyoto

【Apply here】

Training content

Date and time Theme / Lecturer
1st time Saturday, May 27
・About taking SD Seminar (Administrative Communication) ・Attitude toward taking SD Seminar (Message from graduates)
14:50-16:50 Fundamentals
of Academic Writing – How to convert "problem awareness" into concrete "questions"? –
Lecturer: Takashi Sakamoto (Associate Professor, Department of General Education, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University)
2nd Annual Saturday, June 3
History and Systems of Universities -Understanding the History and Systems
of Higher Education to Create the Future-
Lecturer: Tsunetaka
Miyabayashi (Director, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Industrial Technology)
3rd Saturday, June 10 13:50-17:00 University Strategy and Leadership: Creating an Organization to Create Strategies Lecturer
: Hiromichi
Yoshitake (Auditor, Research Organization of Information and Systems / President, Tokyo Kasei Gakuin / Professor Emeritus, University
of Tsukuba)
4th Saturday, June 17 13:50-17
Academic Literacy and Policy Advocacy Report
: Understanding Academic Literacy and Initiating
Research Lecturer: Takamichi Murayama (Director, Kyoto Bunkyo Junior and Senior High School)
5th Annual Saturday
, June 24 13:50-17:00
Educational Management for Ensuring the Quality of University Education: Discussion and Advice
for Promoting Educational Management
at Your School Lecturer: Takero
Nishino (Lecturer, Department
of Business Administration, Kyoto Tachibana University Educational Development and Learning Support Office / Faculty of Business Administration)
The 6th Saturday, July 1
Universities and Society: The Meaning of Regional Cooperation and the Role
of Universities Lecturer: Masamine Fukao (Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, Ryukoku University)
The 7th Saturday, July 8
Collaboration between Universities and High Schools and High Schools: Considering
School-University Connection Reform" from the Perspective of High School Education Lecturer: Katsumi Arase (President, Japan Teachers' Support Organization)
The 8th Saturday, July 15
Universities and Higher Education Policy: Looking at
Universities from the Perspective of Higher Education Policy Lecturer: Hiroshi Matsuzaka (Director, Japan Sports Promotion Center)
The 9th Saturday, July 22
Branding and Student Recruitment: How to Proceed with University Branding Lecturer
: Kenji Kamijo (Professor, Department of Regional Business, Faculty of Business Administration, Aichi Toho University)
Debriefing session Saturday, September 9
Public Presentations
training Saturday, September 16
Public presentation follow-up training
Lecturer: Yasunari Shirafuji (IR Promotion Office, President's Office, Kyoto Sangyo University)

* Instructor affiliations and positions are as of March 2023.
* The above schedule and program are subject to change.
* The end time of the public presentation depends on the number of students.

2023 SD Seminar Application Guidelines [Click here for details]

Voices of SD Seminar Alumni

It is posted in the SD Guidebook (2023 edition).
SD Guidebook (2023): Voices of Alumni (2) (3)


There are two ways to apply: Please check the notes on how to apply.

  • Institutional application: Application through your university or junior college
  • Individual application: Individual application

【How to apply】

Institutional Application Individual Application
Please fill in the necessary items on the "Course Application Form" and apply by e-mail attachment through your university, etc.
* If there are multiple applicants from the same university, please fill in the names of the applicants in order of priority on the "Priority Table" and apply together with the "Application Form".

Note: When compiling information at each university, please set an on-campus consolidation date in time for the application deadline below.

Please fill in the necessary items on the "Course Application Form" and apply by e-mail attachment.

Note: Please check in advance to see if your university has accepted the institutional application.

Please download the "Course Application Form" and "Priority Table" form from the [Application Form] below and apply by e-mail attachment.
* Individual applicants do not need a "priority table".
Contact: SD■consortium.or.jp (Please change ■ to @ and send it.) Subject
when sending email: [SD seminar application] (affiliation, name, etc.)
Application deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2023 (must arrive by this date)
Documents will be screened based on the application form.
Notification of
We will notify you by e-mail around mid-May through
your university.
We will notify you by e-mail around mid-May.
Sending relevant documents
After notification of acceptance of the course, we will send you the following related documents.
・Course information
for tuition fee ・Syllabus
Payment of
tuition fees
Please transfer the money to the designated account of the Foundation by the designated date.

【Application Form】

Please download the application form and apply by email attachment to SD■consortium.or.jp. (Please change ■ to @ and send it.) )

 (1) 2023 SD Seminar Application Form [Click here for details] (2) 2023 SD Seminar Priority Table -ERR:REF-NOT-FOUND-[Click here for details]

* If there are multiple applicants from the same university, please fill in the names of the applicants in order of priority on the "Priority Table" and apply together with the "Application Form".

Sending application forms and inquiries

Consortium of Universities Kyoto, Education Development Division (in charge of SD projects) e-mail: sd■consortium.or.jp (Please change ■ to @ and send it)

〒600-8216 Campus Plaza Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
, Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji, TEL: 075-353-9163 FAX: 075-353-9101
* Reception hours: Tuesday ~ Saturday 9:00 ~ 17:00 (excluding year-end and New Year holidays)

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