Outline of the event

A workshop is a workshop. Through discussions with "colleagues from other companies in the same industry (staff from other universities)", new discoveries, deep realizations, and even human exchange networks that cannot be obtained in lectures are born! Please come with light clothes and a casual heart!

SD Workshop 2012

Campus Plaza Kyoto
University Consortium Kyoto
Participation Fee
University Consortium Kyoto member universities: 1,000 yen (per session) Non-member universities: 2,000 yen (Materials fee, light meal drink fee will be charged on the day of the project)

How to Read Higher Education Policy ~The Direction of the "University Reform Action Plan" and the Responses of Each University~

The "University Reform Action Plan" announced in June 2012 is a highly effective plan that was examined by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a task force for university reform, and is scheduled to be implemented at a rapid pace as a concrete policy. In this workshop, participants will understand the background and content of the plan, and create an opportunity for participants to think about how to use the direction of the plan in line with the direction of reform at their own university.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 13:00 ~ 17:00
Topic Provision
Mr. Shun Shirai (Assistant Director, University Promotion Division, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Educational Management ~Measures to Secure Learning Time~

In the August 2012 report of the Central Council for Education, "Toward a Qualitative Transformation of University Education to Build a New Future," the proposal was made to establish independent learning by increasing and securing study time as a starting point. On the other hand, in order to secure learning time, there are various issues that need to be considered, such as the curriculum, educational system, and school calendar. By sharing these issues and examples, we will create opportunities to think about issues to improve the quality of education at our own universities.

December 1, 2012 (Sat) 13:00 ~ 17:00
Topic Provision
Kazuyuki Ishizaka (Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education, Ritsumeikan University)

Student Support ~For Student Support Based on the Diverse Needs of Students~

In recent years, many universities and junior colleges have set up student counseling offices and support centers, and efforts have begun to be made to respond and support students with various needs, and we students and staff who deal with them are required to understand the needs and problems of students and respond and support them appropriately. In this workshop, we would like to use this workshop as an opportunity to think about the kind of student support required today by sharing issues and examples of each university as well as students' understanding.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 13:00 ~ 17:00
Topic Provision
Nao Umemoto (Full-time Counselor, Intake Room, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Studies)

Workplace Revitalization ~Creating a Rewarding Work Environment with Shared Philosophy~

In order for a university to provide value to society and stakeholders through its staff, it is important to foster a workplace culture in which individual employees can share a philosophy and vision and lead a lively professional life with daily goals. In this workshop, students will consider initiatives that can be embodied at their own university in order to create a vibrant work environment, such as sharing philosophy, vision, and professional views, creating a place to foster a lively workplace culture, and appropriate communication methods.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 13:00 ~ 17:00
Topic Provision
Hiroshi Yasuda (Kansai Productivity Center, General Manager of Management Innovation Department, Management Consultant)

Implementation Report

How to Read Higher Education Policy ~The Direction of the "University Reform Action Plan" and the Responses of Each University~

In the workshop, after Mr. Shirai gave a topic on the outline of the "University Reform Action Plan" announced by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in June 2012 and the background to its formulation, the following topics were discussed: (1) how to think about the situation of Japanese universities from various perspectives in Japan and overseas, (2) how to view criticism of university governance from outside the university, and (3) considering the policy background of the COC. We used various materials such as newspaper reports, materials from the Central Council of Education, materials of the Council for the Revitalization of Education, materials of the National Strategy Council, and proposals from the Japan Association of Corporate Executives to deepen the discussion through group discussions.


Participants commented, "It was very helpful to see topics from various perspectives related to higher education policy," "It was a good opportunity to leave my daily work and review the state of university education," and "It was very helpful to exchange opinions with people from other universities."

Educational Management ~Measures to Secure Learning Time~

At the beginning, Mr. Kazuyuki Ishizaka, Deputy Director of the Faculty of Education, Ritsumeikan University, explained the social situation behind the change in the social situation and the actual situation of students, introduced characteristic examples of various universities that lead to securing study time, as emphasized in the report of the Central Council of Education "Toward a Qualitative Transformation of University Education to Build a New Future" released in August 2012. There was an explanation on the ideal form of educational management that encourages independent learning.
Following the topic offering, a small-group discussion was held with participants from five universities, junior colleges, and institutions, Mr. Ishizaka, the topic provider, and Mr. Yasuhiko Shimomura, the moderator and moderator of the Kyoto Keizai Junior College, administrative director. We presented various case reports and exchanged opinions on initiatives for fostering basic academic skills at our home universities, care to prevent students from repeating or dropping out of school, the mechanism and effects of mutual learning among students, and the definition of "study time."


The workshop participants belonged not only to junior colleges and four-year universities, but also to a wide variety of universities, such as small and medium-sized universities and large-scale universities, colleges and universities, and universities, and by hearing about examples of other universities in environments different from their own, it was an opportunity to reconsider the appropriate learning support and management methods according to the characteristics of each school.
Participants commented, "I felt that there was a limit to what I could do in terms of personnel and budget because it is a small university, but as I listened to the examples of large universities, I was able to feel the advantages of being small," and "It was good that I was able to consider various educational issues that I had not had the opportunity to think about deeply while I was busy with office work on a daily basis."

Student Support ~For Student Support Based on the Diverse Needs of Students~

First, after self-introductions and icebreakers by all participants, Mr. Nao Umemoto of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, the topic provider, gave a report on support for students with special needs that are required to be addressed at each university in recent years, focusing on practical cases of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, based on the historical process and the recent status of support.
Following the topic presentation, participants were divided into two groups and shared examples of student support at their respective universities and their awareness of the issues as the person in charge.


Many issues that are usually recognized as issues in the field of student support were raised, such as "Is excessive support hindering the growth of students?", "How to deal with cases where it is not possible to determine whether a student has special needs or not?", "To what extent should cooperation and information sharing between faculty and staff and departments?", were raised, and at the end, the opinions expressed by each group were summarized and presented by the representatives of the participants.
Although there is no single right answer to how to support students, we were able to deepen our understanding in terms of "aiming for support that supports autonomy," keeping in mind that each student will eventually make their way into society.
Participants commented, "There were many things to learn from listening to practical cases from other universities," and "I would like to see opportunities to talk about various examples of student support in the future, such as dealing with not only students with special needs but also students with low motivation to learn and students who tend to exhibit problematic behavior in groups."

Workplace Revitalization ~Creating a Rewarding Work Environment with Shared Philosophy~

At the beginning, after self-introductions and icebreakers by all participants, Mr. Hiroshi Yasuda, Management Consultant, General Manager of the Management Innovation Department of the Kansai Productivity Center, provided a topic.
Mr. Yasuda explained from the perspectives of (1) systems, (2) dialogue and communication, and (3) network building in order to make human resource gatherings function as "organizations" in order to revitalize the workplace, and also introduced specific examples of organizational initiatives. In response to the topic, a participant asked, "While many issues that organizations and superiors should consider, how should young staff and frontline staff contribute to revitalizing the workplace?" and Mr. Yasuda commented, "It is important to persistently continue to express opinions for workplace revitalization without giving up." He also gave advice on creating an open office space and lowering the barriers between workplaces and departments in order to create an open workplace.


Following the topic presentation, participants were divided into three groups and presented their recognition of their respective issues for workplace revitalization, and examined what specific ideas they could take.
Many positive comments were received from the participants, such as "It was helpful to hear various opinions through group work" and "I was able to reconfirm my thoughts and make new discoveries." On the other hand, there were also opinions that should be considered in future operations, such as "I would like to see a little more link between the topic provision in the first half and the content of the group work" and "There is room for improvement in the fact that there is a difference in the depth of discussion depending on the ability of facilitation." The secretariat would like to use this as a reference for the formulation of plans for the next fiscal year.

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