The Asahi Lectures

The University of Tokyo Asahi Lectures “The Adventures of the Mind: I Want to Think More and More, The World is Full of Mysteries” were a series of cross-faculty lectures held thanks to donations from the Asahi Shimbun Company.

About the Asahi Lectures

The University of Tokyo Asahi Lectures “The Adventures of the Mind: I Want to Think More and More, The World is Full of Mysteries” were a series of cross-faculty lectures for all third and fourth year undergraduate students and graduate students across the University of Tokyo, held in the 2011–2015 academic years thanks to donations from the Asahi Shimbun Company.

Each year, lecturers who are leaders in their own fields took the stage and approached a theme in a way that allowed in-depth discussion with students. These lectures came to play a role as forerunners of the Common Undergraduate Courses in our academic divisions, based on lectures run by the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education and held in the Faculty of Letters. Then, in the summer of 2015 the Asahi Shimbun Company chose to continue its donations, and so the decision was made to hold more lectures during the 2016–2020 academic years.

The title of this second series of Asahi Lectures is “Harmony of the Mind: Focus on the World and Create the Future.” It provides graduate students and students in the senior divisions of the University of Tokyo with a series of opportunities to gain knowledge from a higher perspective, making it possible to link academia and academia, and academia and society, as well as functioning as a “window” to share the University of Tokyo’s knowledge with a wider segment of society.

The objectives of the Asahi Lectures

The Lectures advance discussions of universal and contemporary themes through the different approaches of lecturers from a variety of fields. Their aim is to mold interdisciplinary “minds” by incorporating exercises and enabling students who are progressing in senior division courses to bring their own knowledge and thoughts to the table and deepen discussions.

Key features

  • Students from senior division courses cultivate interdisciplinary knowledge and thinking
  • Participation from both science and the arts
  • Making education available through the use of ICT