The 5th International Symposium on International Development and Peace through Sport

The 5th International Symposium on International Development and Peace through Sport

The University of Tsukuba (UT), National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya (Kanoya), Japan Sport Council, hosted the 5th International Symposium on International Development and Peace through Sport on 16th December 2018 (Picture 1). The theme was”The Transition from IDS/SDP Practice to Research”. About one hundred participants shared and deepened their knowledge of IDS through the special lectures and workshops.  

The symposium began with opening remarks by Dr. Caroline Benton F., Vice President, University of Tsukuba. Mr. Jugo Imaizumi from the Japan Sports Agency gave the keynote speech. The special lectures were given by Dr. Nico Schulenkorf from the University of Technology Sydney, Mr. Pratik Kumar from the Sashakt Foundation and Mr. Tsukasa Yoshimura from Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. They spoke about the latest academic theories and practical activities of IDS.

After the special lectures, the participants were divided into the following three groups for the workshop component of the symposium: 1. Education and Empowerment, 2. Sport and Peace building, 3. Mega Sport Events and Management. The master’s programme students’ lead the workshops and discussed undertakings and solutions in IDS academia and practice with other participants. The leaders made short presentations on the outcomes of each workshop. Based on these outputs, a panel discussion was held and the three panelists; Dr. Schulenkorf, Mr. Kumar and Mr. Yoshimura responded to each group’s question. Although a panel discussion had not been part of previous IDS symposiums it provided an opportunity for the participants to find academic solutions for activity in the IDS field and identify the needs of IDS research. 

In his closing remarks, Dr. Yasushi Honda suggested, “The most important part of IDS is certainly its practice. However, there are always problems in implementing the project, due to cultural differences and other factors. To make the most out of our effort, we need to conduct research. Without research, we may iterate the same mistakes again and again”.

  Many organizational aspects (translation, moderation, MC etc.) of the IDS symposium were undertaken by university students This provided a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about organizing an event, and their commitment to the event was given a high evaluation by the respondents in the questionnaire as well as by participants in the special lectures and workshops.

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