Gender equality in Japan: creating opportunities for business and education cooperation

Gender equality is considered to be essential to the development of an inclusive, thriving and more sustainable world. How can we as researchers, educators and business leaders, drawing from our strengths and experiences, work together to contribute to this important societal goal?

This webinar aims to introduce the work emerging from the international collaboration between Ochanomizu University and NTNU’s Center for Gender Research on gender equality and diversity to show that gender equality represents an opportunity—rather than an insurmountable obstacle—to high quality research, innovation and education. The referred group at NTNU has been recipient of both INTPART (The Research Council in Norway) and UTFORSK (Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills) funding.

During the webinar, the audience will hear perspectives from educators and representatives from the Norwegian business community in Japan. Future avenues of collaboration between education, research and business will be explored in a dialogue format.

The webinar is organized as a collaboration between JSPS Alumni Club in Norway (ACN), Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-Dir), The Research Council in Norway (RCN), Innovation Norway Tokyo, The Norwegian Embassy in Japan and Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (NCCJ).


09:00-09:10 Part 1 - Welcome and introduction

Moderator: Jennifer Branlat (Associate Professor, Center for Gender Research, NTNU)

Introducing gender and gender equality as an opportunity with the Institute for Gendered Innovation (IGI, Ochanomizu) and the Center for Gender Research (CGR, NTNU) and what we have learned through our education & research collaboration. 

- Masako Ishii-Kuntz (Vice-President, Ochanomizu University)

- Guro Kristensen (Head of Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU)

09:10-09:30 Part 2 - Experiences and perspectives

Here we give an opportunity for two participants from the Norwegian-based business community in Japan to draw from their experiences and discuss what opportunities gender and gender equality represent for their companies. 

- Svend Haakon Kristensen, Laerdal Medical Japan

- Stian Sollied, DNV Group

- Jennifer Branlat, NTNU

09:30-10:00 Part 3 - Questions and discussion

A final session with questions and discussions with the presenters:

Overarching question: What can we do to increase the collaboration between education and business community? 

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Fra: 29. nov. 2022 09:00
Til: 29. nov. 2022 10:00
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