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PathosLogos For Innovation

2016-10-4 (Tue) - 2016-11-29 (Tue)

This is a 21st century educational program necessary to bring about innovation specific to the acquisition of "future thinking" and "essential thinking."

Over the course of 7 seminars, we'll provide practical training of basic skills for those who bring about innovation -- skills for predicting future, cultivating creativity, and influencing others in order to put their ideas into practice.

In each lecture, participants will have a discussion on a different topic between members who performed surveys beforehand. Through dialogue on "Why do companies exist?", "What kind of innovation does society need?", and "How should companies face universities and scholarship?",  participants will consider the way that society works and how they spend their days in college.

For example, in one session, we'll discuss what kinds of services and production will be necessary in a society where automation is prevalent and what kind of knowledge and experience will be necessary for creating these services and products, from viewpoints of various companies,

By using independently acquired knowledge to predict and imagine a future society between 2020 and 2050 where you will have the influence, you will develop the ability and viewpoints to plan your own learning, which will serve as the foundation for innovation education.

We will also learn about and practice the communication necessary to move people in order to cause innovation according to the "Pathos," "Logos," and "Ethos" found in Aristotle's Rhetoric.

Schedule (Each of the following lectures will be held on Tuesdays from 18:00 ~ 21:00)

Lecture Dates

October 4, 11, 18
November 1, 8, 15, 29

*We encourage those who can commit to attending all sessions to apply.


Seminar Room B, 2F, Student Commons, CELAS, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University
(Closest stations: Ishibashi Station, Takarazuka Line, Hankyu Railway/Shibahara Station,Osaka Monorail)

Intended for

Undergraduate/graduate students (Students from any school/university may attend.)


If the number of applicants exceeds capacity, we will select attendees based on the overall attributes of the group.


The content of these seminars include group discussions, debates, reports, and logical thinking practice, all primarily focused on team-based and individual output. For this purpose, similar to classes at overseas universities, there will be a fair amount of prior input (about 5 hrs/wk) necessary for these seminars.
*Those who don't like to read or think and those who have trouble making remarks may have some trouble with this format, but we invite those who would like to improve their areas of weakness through these seminars.

Lecturer/Program Developer

SATO Fumiaki
Director, Human Resource Development Department, Works Applications, Co. Ltd.

Lecturer Bio

Director, Human Resource Development Department, Works Applications, Co. Ltd.
Instructor (part-time), Nagoya University; Guest Speaker, Waseda University/Rikkyo University

A graduate of the Faculty of Business and Commerce at Keio University, Mr. Sato entered an independent IT consulting firm, where he served as a consultant for distribution retails projects, after which he changed professions.

Mr. Sato plans and implements the most new projects in the company at the hiring division of Works Applications Co., Ltd., a company at the top of the business software market, to which 80,000 individuals make applications from all over the world each year.

Using his knowledge in employment in Japan and abroad, he established the Human Resource Development Division and currently serves as the head of the division. This division aims to create new forms of education in industry-government collaboration in order to convey and nurture the skills necessary in the 21st century.


SATO Hiroaki (Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka University)
MATSUYUKI Terumasa (Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Osaka University)

Because it is assumed that students will give output in the lectures of this program, these lectures will serve as places where students will create the opportunity to think deeply and broadly about things while sharing what they have each learned independently and through (sometimes fierce) debates.
Rather than those who only take information that they want from the lecture or those who judge others, we hope to see those individuals who have the courage to create worth together and through their actions and words, actively contribute to the lecture.

How to Register

Please send an email entitled "PathosLogos" with (1) your name, (2) your university/school/year, and (3) your field of research to the email address listed below.

Lecture Fee


Date: 2016-10-4 (Tue) - 2016-11-29 (Tue)
Organizer: Osaka University EDGE Program
Venue: Seminar Room B, Student Common, CELAS
Registration: Registration by email is required for this seminar.
Contact: Osaka University EDGE Program

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