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International Higher Education
for a Sustainable Society


December 7 - 9, 2022


Nagoya University
Noyori Conference Hall

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About Academic Consortium 21

The Academic Consortium for the 21st Century (AC21) was established on June 24, 2002 at the International Forum 2002 hosted by Nagoya University, Japan, as an international network comprised of educational, research and industrial organizations throughout the world. The Forum brought together the presidents and high-ranking delegations from twenty-four of the world’s leading education and research institutions, and resulted in the founding of a new and vigorous global partnership in higher education, “Academic Consortium AC21." 


The principal theme of the inaugural forum, “The Role of Universities in the 21st Century”, continues to guide AC21’s activities to this day. In an era of continuous change, we believe that institutions of higher education must take the initiative in responding to the rapidly transforming needs of society, and that an international university network, with its common pool of knowledge, expertise and experience, comprises the optimum means to accomplish this. As demonstrated by the scale of our projects and activities, AC21 is firmly committed to contributing to the global knowledge sector.


The vision of AC21 is the promoting of cooperation in education and research between members, the bridging between different societies in the world and the delivering of wisdom to all people to mutually understand and share values, knowledge and cultures necessary to improve quality of life and to foster co-existence beyond national and regional boundaries in the 21st century.


The Speakers



Takeshi Uchiyamada

Chairman of the Board of Directors, 

(Representative Director)

Takeshi Uchiyamada was born on August 17, 1946. He graduated from Nagoya University with a degree in applied physics in March 1969, and joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in April the same year.

In January 1994, Mr. Uchiyamada became project general manager of Vehicle Development Center 2. In January 1996, he became chief engineer of the center, which developed the Prius―the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car.

After being named to the Board of Directors in June 1998, Mr. Uchiyamada oversaw Vehicle Development Center 3. In June 2000, he became chief officer of Vehicle Development Center 2, and in June 2001, became the managing director and chief officer of the Overseas Customer Service Operations Center. Mr. Uchiyamada was made a senior managing director (this title was changed to senior managing officer as of June 2011), and was also appointed chief officer of the Vehicle Engineering Group in June 2003. In June 2004, he became chief officer of the Production Control & Logistics Group, and in June 2005, he became an executive vice president. Mr. Uchiyamada was appointed vice chairman of the board of directors in June 2012, and then chairman in June 2013.

Key non-TMC posts

  • Director, JTEKT CORPORATION (June 2018-)

  • Director, MITSUI & CO., LTD. (June 2019-)

Awards and citations

  • Medal with Blue Ribbon, Japan (April 2015)

  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan (November 2020)

Hiroshi Amano

Professor, Nagoya University 

Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability

Hiroshi Amano received his BE, ME and DE degree in 1983, 1985 and 1989, respectively, from Nagoya University, Japan. From 1988 to 1992, he was a research associate at Nagoya University. In 1992, he moved to Meijo University, where he was an assistant professor, associate professor from 1998 till 2002, and professor from 2002 till 2010. He moved to Nagoya University, where he was a professor of Graduate School of Engineering from 2011 till 2015. On Oct. 1, 2015, he became a director of Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics (CIRFE), Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS), Nagoya University. He has also been the director of the Akasaki Research Center (Akasaki Institute), Nagoya University since 2011.

During his doctoral program at the Nagoya University Graduate School of Engineering, he was able to realize high-quality epitaxially grown GaN film with metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy, p-type GaN filmdoped with Mg while conducting research with Professor Akasaki.For the first time in history, he established the technology necessary for the production of blue LEDs, thus performing a great achievement the development of the high-luminosity blue LED.

He is currently developing technologies for the fabrication of high-efficiency power semiconductor development and new energy-saving devices at Nagoya University. He has more than 560 publications. Prof. Amano shared the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 with Prof. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.”

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December 7, 2022

(as of November 30, 2022)


20th Steering Committee Meeting (STC members only)


Lunch Break


Opening Remarks I

Daniela Kleinschmit,

Vice President for Internationalization and Sustainability,

University of Freiburg


Opening Lecture II

​Seiichi Matsuo, Chancellor 

Tokai National Higher Education and Research System

"Looking Back and Beyond the Academic Consortium 21"


Opening Remarks III

Naoshi Sugiyama, President, Nagoya University


Keynote Lecture I (Pre-Recorded)

Hiroshi Amano, Professor, Nagoya University

"Actual Mission and Role of Universities in the 21st Century"


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion I

Academia and Industry in a Global Society 

Moderator: Greg Metha, Professor, The University of Adelaide


Coffee Break


Keynote Lecture II (In Japanese with English interpreter)

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 

Toyota Motor Corporation

"Innovating for Our Future"


Closing for Day 1


Dinner (By Invitation)

December 8, 2022


Student Session

SDGs Learning and Practice from the Student Perspective
Moderator: Melissa HU, Deputy Director, Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Nanjing University


Campus Tour


Lunch Break


Panel Discussion II

Higher Education in the Post-COVID Era

Moderator: Bailian Li, Professor, North Carolina State University


Coffee Break


11th General Assembly Meeting


Closing Remarks

Irini Tsamadou-Jacoberger,

 Vice President for International Relations, University of Strasbourg

John Taplin, 

 Former Pro Vice Chanceller (International), University of Adelaide

Norimi Mizutani,

 Vice President for International Affairs, Nagoya University


Dinner (By Invitation)

December 9, 2022


Excursion (By Invitation)

The Venue

Hosted by Nagoya University

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