The final symposium of the US-Japan Research Institute (USJI), titled “The Next Ten Years Surrounding US-Japan Relationship,” was held online on March 18, 2021. The symposium was attended by 254 people, including attendees from USJI-affiliated universities and members of the general public. Prof. Toru Iiyoshi, director of Kyoto University’s Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education and former USJI management advisor, participated in one of the symposium’s panel discussion sessions. Several other Kyoto University faculty and staff also attended the symposium, including Prof. Kyoko Inagaki, executive vice-president for international affairs, and members of the International Affairs Division.
Prof. Iiyoshi spoke during the panel discussion session titled “Direction of Education at Ex-USJI Member Universities in the Post-Coronavirus Era.” Prof. Iiyoshi provided an overview of Kyoto University’s implementation of online education, which began prior to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. He then participated in a discussion among members of USJI-affiliated universities about approaches to promote education and study abroad activities while building on lessons learned during the pandemic.
Prof. Iiyoshi contributed to the development of the USJI as its management advisor for approximately three years from 2012–15.