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International Symposium “KUL-Waseda International Workshop” (Report)

From March 6 to 8, 2019, the Health and Sport Science Unit of Waseda University organized the International Symposium “KUL-Waseda International Workshop,” inviting the dean and its delegation of faculty members from one of our partner institutions, Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, Katholic Leuven University (KUL) in Belgium.

The symposium was held for three days, consisting of presentations for up-to-date research topics by KUL and Waseda faculties, graduate students’ poster sessions, and laboratory exercises

Day 1

Opening

Opening Remarks:

  • Professor Yasuaki Muto (Deputy Dean, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)
  • Professor Yoshiyuki Shirakawa (Center for Research Strategy, Waseda University)
  • Professor Christophe Delecluse (Dean, Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KUL)

Facilitator: Professor Toshimasa Yanai (Deputy Dean, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)

Competitive Sports (Research Presentation Topic 1)

Coordinator: Professor Misaki Iteya (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)

Presenter:

  • Professor Kazuyuki Kanosue (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)
  • Professor Benedicte Vanwanseele (Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KUL)

Sports Injury and Rehabilitation (Research Presentation Topic 2)

Coordinator: Professor Takayuki Akimoto (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)

Presenter:

  • Professor Koji Kaneoka (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)
  • Professor Simon Brumagne (Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KUL)

Day 2

Management – Innovation in Sport (Research Presentation Topic 3)

Coordinator: Professor Hirotaka Matsuoka (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)

Presenter:

  • Professor John Horne (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)
  • Professor Jeroen Scheerder (Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KUL

Elderly Health (Research Presentation Topic 4)

Coordinator: Associate Professor Masashi Miyashita (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)

Presenter:

  • Professor Susumu Sawada (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University)
  • Professor Jan Seghers (Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KUL)

Poster Presentation (Student Poster Session)

In the first half of the session, 33 of graduate students from both universities made a presentation and competed for the outstanding performance award.

Group work (Student Poster Session)

Towards the end of the session, all the participants have practiced group work by 5 to 7 student group in a form of virtual research collaboration.

Day 3

Laboratory Exercises

Participants explored further research possibilities and deepened discussions for future academic collaboration throughout visiting facilities and laboratories at Tokorozawa Campus by research group.

Closing session

Besides closing remarks from Professor Muto, Mr. Jeroen Vergeylen, Minister-Counsellor in charge of Cultural & Academic Affairs, Embassy of Belgium to Japan, paid a visit to Tokorozawa Campus for this session and delivered a speech for a prospective development of academic collaboration.

Mr. Jeroen Vergeylen

To wrap up the symposium, 7 graduate students won the outstanding performance award for the Student’s Poster Session. Ms. Julie Vanderlinden, Ph.D. course, Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group, KUL, won the outstanding performance award.

Ms. Julie Vanderlinden

Not only was research interaction enhanced reciprocally by topics, but cross discussion was also made in different research fields and multi-layered academic collaboration was materialized by means of the international symposium. Both universities ensured the mutual benefit on how future research outcome should be developed and accomplished.

Tokorozawa Administrative Office, Waseda University
Email: [email protected]

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