Overall Structure of the IATSS Forum Program
About the IATSS Forum Program
The IATSS Forum Program is mainly classified into three categories: the general seminar area, the theme study area, and the general areas of study. The training programs feature academic, practical, and well-balanced programs, which are not specialized in any specific fields. Although the IATSS Forum is advertised as "leadership training," it does not directly deal with content for learning leadership skills and expertise. Through the comprehensive 55-day program, the Forum is intended for participants to learn the skills, ideas, and mindsets required to become young leaders.
The IATSS Forum Program's is reviewed and organized by the IATSS Forum Program Committee in order to provide training contents that match current international and regional situations.
The Forum, which covers wide-ranging fields such as society, international relations, politics, industrial technologies, economics, and culture, has a program structure that offers a well-balanced understanding of Japan, Asia and the world.
Each seminar provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the related topics through exchanging their views with other trainees in group discussions and Q&A sessions with the lecturer, rather than just obtaining information from the lecturer as their sole source of knowledge. Inviting business leaders and professors from leading universities in Japan as lecturers, the seminars will provide precious opportunities for participants to learn the latest information and business circumstances. The theme and topics of the seminar will be changed for each session.
The theme will be set according to each Forum. The characteristics of the theme study is that based on the theme, the participants are going through a consistent series of learning experiences from the lectures, workshops and field study, to the project proposal stage in the Group Study. Throughout this consistent series of studies, we expect that the participants will receive a deeper understanding of the theme and gain a broader perspective.
The main flow of the Theme Study starts from preparing basic knowledge in the introductory stage, so that participants deepen their understanding of the theme; then move to the next step, where participants acquire skills and methods required to learn the theme; then after on-site field studies and on-site education, move to the final step of Group Study where participants make proposals of projects intended to solve problems in their own countries.
Group Study provides a place for participants to make proposals for research and solutions to the issues of the given theme, while practicing "Thinking and Learning Together," the motto of the IATSS Forum. Group Study is a program that most remarkably indicates the characteristics of the IATSS Forum. Group Study is positioned as the final step of the Theme Study, and handles the same theme as that of the Theme Study. Group Study features studies on a single theme from various viewpoints with other members of the same group during the program period. Trainees are expected to not only gain tangible results of research findings through Group Study , but also foster various intangible skills such as leadership skills, and communication ability.
Cultural Exchange Activities
IATSS Forum participants will have many opportunities to interact with local residents of Suzuka City, the location of the IATSS Forum. The exchange activities involve the introduction of Japanese culture, homestay, and cultural exchanges. Each exchange activity, with the participation of local residents, provides a place for active cross-cultural communication.
During the training period of the IATSS Forum, we will take on various study tours to the Suzuka area and relevant sites in the prefecture, as well as to the Kanto and Kansai regions. Destinations for study tours will vary, and may include companies, various facilities, universities, and historical and cultural assets. Through these study tours, we aim to let participants deepen their knowledge of Japan by experiencing true images of the country. Some study tours are planned and prepared by the secretariat, while others, like study tours in the Kanto and Kansai regions, are independently planned and taken by trainees themselves.
The important key for success in this approximately two-month training program is participants' "communication abilities." Skills to understand others and skills to make themselves understood by others are very important. The IATSS Forum will hold a two-night, three-day Team Building Training, which aims to form a team immediately after participants arrive in Japan, in which they will deepen their mutual understanding and communication skills. Also this program will provide opportunities for participants to improve their communication skills through lectures on facilitation, and various workshops.