Dr. Shuji Nakamura delivered a lecture in Ehime University Reform Symposium: “Go Global, Work Abroad”
The “2015 Ehime University Reform Symposium: Go Global, Work Abroad” was held at the Nanka Memorial Hall on Thursday, November 19, co-hosted by the Japan Association of National Universities. Novel-prizewinner Dr. Shuji Nakamura, who was born in Ehime, was invited to deliver a speech, based on his experience, on how to be active in the world and strongly encouraged young researchers and students in the hall to go abroad. There were also active discussions with over 350 participants including international students, high school students, local citizens, faculty and staff members.
President Yuichi Ohashi of Ehime University said in his opening greeting: “Blue LED has been in practical use and applied to various fields in our everyday life not only as lighting but also home appliances and food preservation techniques. I’m looking forward to hearing interesting stories from Dr. Nakamura about the numerous technical challenges he tackled and his vision for the future of universities.”
In the following keynote speech, Dr. Nakamura repeatedly emphasized on how important it is for the younger generation to put themselves in challenging environments. He said: “Basically, Japanese researchers are very diligent and talented in making brilliant inventions. However, their lack of English proficiency prevents themselves from expanding business overseas. I strongly recommend that the younger generation encourage themselves to go abroad to learn English and broaden their horizons.”
In the discussion session, a lively atmosphere prevailed in the hall as Dr. Nakamura answered questions from high school students and international students with humor. The session was concluded by Dr. Nakamura’s message to young potential researchers: “Don’t be afraid to take risks. You should try to live abroad for at least five years.”