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2021.06.15

In celebration of Osaka University’s 90th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of Osaka University of Foreign Studies, we organized a video contest, “3 Minutes of Inspiration for Sustainable Development”, among students from our partner universities around the world and Osaka University. We received over 130 entries and 69 creative works from around the world. The best videos will be announced at the Awards Ceremony & Student Forum on June 25.

The event, to be held online, aims to bring together the video producers, the participants of the contest, as well as other students interested in creating videos, promoting sustainable development, or meeting students from other countries. The internationally renowned film director Naomi Kawase and Prof. Murali Chandrashekaran, Vice Provost International at University of British Columbia, will give inspirational messages to the students. In addition to announcing the winners of the contest, we will have a discussion time with the 11 best video producers. We hope the event will be a good opportunity for students to meet, have a dialogue with others and address sustainable development from diverse perspectives.


Date and Time

  June 25, 2021 (Fri) 16:00-17:30 (Japan Standard Time, GMT+9)

   [Online (zoom) registration required]

Target Audience

  Students of Osaka University and its partner universities

Language

  English

Program

  • 16:00-16:10
  •   Opening Remarks & SDGs Activities of Osaka University
       Genta Kawahara, Executive Vice President for Global Engagement/
        Director of the Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University
  • 16:00-16:20
  •   “A Message for Students” Keynote Speech
       - Naomi Kawase
         Film Director/Executive Director of the Nara International Film Festival
       - Murali Chandrashekaran
         Vice Provost (International), University of British Columbia
  • 16:20-16:50
  •   Student Video Contest Awards Ceremony
       - Overview of video contest by Brendan Barrett
         Specially Appointed Professor, Osaka University
       - Best SDGs Idea Award, presented by Miwako Takahashi
         Secretary General, Kansai NGO Council
       - Best Production Award, presented by Susanne Schermann
         Professor, Meiji University
       - Grand Prize, presented by Genta Kawahara
         Executive Vice President, Osaka University
  • 16:50-17:25
  •   Student Panel Discussion
       - Presentation by Hiroshi Sakuma
         Director of the Virtual Osaka Pavilion, the 2025 World Exposition in Japan
       - Presentation by the winners and best video producers
       - Discussion time
  • 17:25-17:30
  •   Closing remarks
       Shojiro Nishio, President, Osaka University
       
       

    Student MCs

    Andrew McNevin
    Exchange student
    Osaka University Short-term Student Exchange Program (OUSSEP)

    Gen Shinkawa
    3rd year student at School of Human Sciences
     
     

    Haruna Suzuki
    3rd year student at School of Human Sciences
     
     

      

     



GUEST SPEAKERS(Titles omitted)

Naomi Kawase
Film Director/Executive Director of the Nara International Film Festival

Kawase is one of the most famous film makers in Japan. Her works are highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad, including the Cannes Film Festival. Some of her works include "Suzaku", "The Mourning Forest", "Still the Water", "Sweet Bean", and "Radiance". Her latest film "True Mothers" was named as Cannes Film Festival’s 2020 Official Selection and as a Japanese representative for the 96th Academy Awards International Feature Category. Kawase won seven awards at the 41st Japan Academy Awards. She is also the official film director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and a producer and senior advisor for World Expo 2025 Osaka, Japan.

  

 

 

Murali Chandrashekaran
Vice Provost, International. University of British Columbia

Dr. Murali Chandrashekaran is the first Vice Provost for International at University of British Columbia (UBC). He is Fred H Siller Professor of Marketing and Behavioral Science at UBC Sauder School of Business. Dr. Chandrashekaran’s research is in metrics and evaluation, applied to a range of market phenomena, including resilience of communities and cities.

 

 

FINAL JUDGES(Titles omitted)

Head Judge

Genta Kawahara
Executive Vice President, Osaka University

Dr. Genta Kawahara is the Executive Vice President for Global Engagement at Osaka University. He is also the Director of the Center for Global Initiatives.

Susanne Schermann
Professor at Faculty of Law, Meiji University

Dr. Susanne Schermann is born in Austria (Vienna) and graduated from the Department of Theatre and Film Arts, Graduate School of Letters, Waseda University. Her research interests include Japanese film and film history. Prof. Schermann is the author of Mikio Naruse: The Sparkle of Everyday Life (Nichijo no kirameki) (Kinema Junpo, 1997).

Miwako Takahashi
Director and Secretary-General, Kansai NGO Council

Miwako Takahashi, Osaka University graduate from Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) is a Director and Secretary-General at Kansai NGO Council. She is actively involved in various projects that promote SDGs and raise awareness, for example through the collaboration of NGOs to achieve the SDGs. Ms. Takahashi also teaches at local universities and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Osaka Marathon Charity Committee.

Hiroshi Sakuma
Director of the Virtual Osaka Pavilion, the 2025 World Exposition in Japan

Mr. Sakuma is a recent graduate of the School of Engineering Science, Osaka University. He is the director for the Virtual Osaka Pavilion committee and a member of the Advisory Council for the pavilion that Osaka Prefecture and the City of Osaka will be exhibiting at the World Expo in Osaka, Kansai in 2025.


 INTERNAL JUDGES(Titles omitted)
  Mayumi Ishikawa, Professor at the Center for Global Initiatives
  Yoshiki Yamamoto, Professor at Graduate School of Language and Culture
  Brendan Barrett, Specially Appointed Professor at the Center for the Study of Co* Design
  Istek Cihangir, Specially Appointed Professor at the Center for the Study of Co* Design
  Masahiro Tawa, Specially Appointed Professor at the Center for Global Initiatives
  Kazuhiro Asai, Specially Appointed Associate Professor (Lecturer) at the Creative Unit
  Haruna Suzuki, Student at School of Human Sciences


Registration

  Please register for the event here:
    http://osku.jp/w0219
       *The number of participants will be limited to 500.

  Please check the event flyer from here


  ▼Please check the shortlisted videos from our SNS pages below. ▼

Contact information:


Video Contest Secretariat, Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University

Email: videocontest%cgin.osaka-u.ac.jp

When using this address, please replace [%] with @.

For the latest information, please visit the Osaka University Student Video Contest SNS:


  


Organizer:
Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University
Co-organizer:
Center for the Study of Co* Design, Osaka University
Supported by:
Kansai SDGs Platform
Creative Unit, Osaka University