The Future of Iwate Starts Here – Harmony among Nature, Science, and Humans


Since its opening, Iwate Prefectural University has offered an open lecture every year, with more than 30,000 students attending so far, in order to give back the education and research achievements made at the university, meet the diverse learning needs of the citizens of the prefecture, and to contribute to the development of local communities in education, academia, and culture.

This year, we will invite lecturers from within the university and beyond to hear their specialized perspectives on the theme, “The Future of Iwate Starts Here – Harmony among Nature, Science and Humans.” We hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about Iwate as it is now and think about the future.

Everyone is welcome. Feel free to attend.

Lectures 2019


  • Date
    Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, July 27, 2019
  • Place
    Iwate Prefectural University Takizawa Campus Auditorium (Common Lecture Building)
Date Time Lecture theme Lecturer
7/20(Sat) 10:00 – 10:15 AM Opening ceremony
10:15 – 11:45 AM Lecture-1 Social responsibility of the university -What is the role universities play in society? Atsuto Suzuki, President of Iwate Prefectural University
1:00 – 2:30 PM Lecture-2 Lipid is good for your brain and mind Noriko Osumi, Vice President of Tohoku University
3:00 – 4:15 PM Lecture-3 The role of nursing in healthcare Kyoko Uchiumi, Professor, School of Nursing
7/27(Sat) 10:30 – 11:45 AM Lecture-4 Face to Face Interaction for Broader International Exchange -Courage in small measures creates a wider circle Wenjing Liu-W?rz, Professor, Center for the Advancement of Higher Education
1:00 – 2:15 PM Lecture-5 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Kotaro Shibuya, Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies
2:45 – 4:00 PM Lecture-6 The current situation of and the challenges with accepting foreign workers -From the perspective of medical care and maternal health in Iwate Prefecture Keitaro Ishibashi, Professor, Morioka Junior College