We ran an EGAKU Program again this year for a group of students from Tokyo University, and students gathered from universities around the world as part of the UTokyo Innovation Summer Program (TISP).

The theme of the workshop was 'The Leader in Me.'

Participants were completely immersed in the task of painting for over an hour, intently giving expression to their innermost thoughts. While each participant had their own rich and distinctive perspective on leadership, the workshop was also an opportunity to learn about
others - a platform for dialogue enabling the creation of deeper and more meaningful connections with one another. 

In the discussion at the end, participants shared their key discoveries and takeaways from the workshop: 
"The biggest thing I learned was the importance of perspective. How much I care about where people are coming from in terms of experience end obstacles – these kinds of factors influence the leader we are today."
"I will ensure I give other people more of a chance before expecting to know everything about them. Also, taking longer to deliberate on my thoughts."
"I discovered that leadership means different things to different people and that it can also be impressed visually in pictures and not solely in written mission statements."

Theme: The Leader in Me
Program overview: EGAKU Program
Participants: 12 university students, graduate students
Venue: Tokyo University International Komaba Lodge, Tokyo
Facilitator: Kimi Hasebe
Interpreter: Mayuka Yamazaki
Staff: Miho Kawasaki, Yoshino Kuwahara, Ryoko Miyamoto, Ryoko Nakamura 
Photography/Video: Naoki Yamada