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“3 Minutes of Inspiration for Sustainable Development” Osaka University Student Video Contest Awards Ceremony & Student Forum [Online]

2021-6-25 (Fri) 16:00 - 17:30


In celebration of Osaka University’s 90th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of Osaka University of Foreign Studies, we organized a video contest, “3 Minutes of Inspiration for Sustainable Development”, among students from our partner universities around the world and Osaka University. We received over 130 entries and 69 good quality creative works from around the world. The best videos will be announced at the Awards Ceremony & Student Forum on June 25.

The event, which will be held online, aims to bring together the video producers, the participants of the contest, as well as other students interested in creating videos, promoting sustainable development, or meeting students from other countries. Also, the internationally renowned film director Naomi Kawase and Prof. Murali Chandrashekaran, Vice Provost International at University of British Columbia, will give inspirational messages to the students. In addition to announcing the winners of the contest, we will have discussion time with the 11 best video producers. We hope the event will be a good opportunity for students to meet and have a dialogue with others.

(A flyer for this event can be found here.)

Date and Time

June 25, 2021 (Fri) 16:00-17:30 (Japan Standard Time, GMT+9)

Online [(Zoom) registration required]

Target audience

Students of Osaka University and its partner universities




1. Opening Remarks & SDGs Activities of Osaka University

- Genta Kawahara, Executive Vice President for Global Engagement/Director of the Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University

2. “A Message for Students” Keynote speech

-Naomi Kawase, Film Director/Executive Director of the Nara International Film Festival

-Murali Chandrashekaran, Vice Provost (International), University of British Columbia

3. Student Video Contest Award Ceremony

- Overview of video contest by Brendan Barrett, Specially Appointed Professor, Osaka University

- Best SDGs Idea Award, presented by Miwako Takahashi, Secretary General, Kansai NGO Council

- Best Production Award, presented by Susanne Schermann, Professor, Meiji University

- Grand Prize, presented by Genta Kawahara, Executive Vice President, Osaka University

4. Student Panel Discussion

- Presentation by Hiroshi Sakuma, Director of the Virtual Osaka Pavilion, the 2025 World Exposition in Japan

- Presentation by the winners and best video producers

- Discussion time

5. Closing remarks 

Shojiro Nishio, President, Osaka University


Please register here: 

The number of participants will be limited to 500.

For any questions, please contact...

Video Contest Desk, Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University


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Date: 2021-6-25 (Fri) 16:00 - 17:30
Organizer: Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University / CO* Design Center, Osaka University
Sponsored: Kansai SDGs Platform / Creative Unit, Osaka University
Venue: Online [(Zoom) registration required]
Registration: Online registration is required for this event.
Contact: Video Contest Desk, Center for Global Initiatives, Osaka University

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