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What are the roles and opportunities for universities before, during and after an international sporting event? - Sharing experiences from the London Olympics and Paralympics to forge a deeper UK-Japan collaboration -

For the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, 94%* of higher education institutions in the UK rolled out various sporting or cultural activities, helping to make the Games a success, as well as playing an important role in creating their ongoing legacy. Furthermore, by making use of this opportunity to reform the learning environment and curriculum, raise their institution’s reputation, and build their brand image, these universities attracted more students and grew on an institutional level.

In December 2015, the British Council held a symposium entitled “What are the roles and opportunities for universities before, during and after an international sporting event? - Sharing experiences from the London Olympics and Paralympics to forge a deeper UK-Japan collaboration -”.

At the symposium, Louise Simpson of The Knowledge Partnership introduced the results of a survey of UK universities about their involvement with the London Olympics and Paralympics (the full survey report is available from the link below) and inspirational case studies were shared by Dusty Amroliwala OBE of University of East London and Debbie Sadd of Bournemouth University. 

For the panel discussion which focused on global talent development, the above speakers were joined by Satoshi Shimizu of Tsukuba University to exchange views on how universities can create opportunities for students to develop useful skills such as time-keeping, conflict resolution, adaptability, communication and teamwork through the Olympics and Paralympics and through sport in general. There was also a discussion on how UK and Japanese universities can collaborate in this area.

*Source: Podium, 2012, Legacy Live: Further and Higher Education’s Engagement London 2012 and beyond

Date and time: Friday 18 December 2015, 13:30 – 18:30 
Venue: Belle Salle Iidabashi Ekimae, Tokyo
Enquiries: ihe@britishcouncil.or.jp