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J. F. Oberlin students participate in IAUP 2014 conference as members of ASPIRE Japan

ASPIRE students pose with Dr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, the UN Under-Secretary-General
for Public Information, Dr. Ramu Damodaran, the Director of UNAI/ASPIRE,
and Kaoru Nemoto, the Director of the UN Information Center in Tokyo.

A session with Dr. Peter Launsky-
Tieffenthal, the UN Under-Secretary-
General for Public Information

For the first time, a session organized by members of Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education (ASPIRE) was included in the program of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) 2014 Triennial Conference. The conference took place at Pacifico Yokohama from June 11 to June 14, and the ASPIRE students’ session, centered on the theme “Voices of the Future,” was held on the morning of the final day, preceded by several days of preparatory discussions.

Jessica Jiji, a speechwriter for
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
gives a lecture to the students.

The ASPIRE Japan members included students from J. F. Oberlin University, Kobe Design University, Reitaku University, Nanzan University, Kanda University of International Studies, and Soka University. Also participating were students from the UAE, India, Pakistan, UNAI/ASPIRE Korea, UNAI/ASPIRE Austria, and UNAI/ASPIRE Black Sea Universities Network. The students discussed the question, “How can students contribute to world peace?” in connection with the conference theme, “Creating the Future of Higher Education.”

Junya Ogasawara speaks at the
student-organized session,
“Voices of the Future.”

Junya Ogasawara of J. F. Oberlin University’s Graduate Division, a representative of ASPIRE Japan, commented, “The student sessions opened my eyes to the importance of offering educational opportunities to everyone. ASPIRE activities and these sessions have awakened many students. Awakened students will contribute to society and to world peace through their experiences. Awakening students is one of the roles played by higher educational institutes. I believe in the potential of universities, and I hope they will keep waking students up.”

The members of ASPIRE Japan from J. F. Oberlin University are:
Junya Ogasawara, English Language Education Program of the Graduate School of Language Education
Hiroki Tanaka, a fourth-year student in the College of Health and Welfare
Sakura Handa, a fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences
Shiho Horikoshi, a fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences
Erdenebat Lkhamzaya, a fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences
Junichi Tashiro, a second-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences
Hiroki Miyamato, a second-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences

ASPIRE students gather on stage at the conclusion of the IAUP conference.