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Journalist Akira Ikegami Gives a Special Lecture to Students at KGU

Public Relations Office        May 12, 2018

“It’s essential to develop the ability to ask good questions”

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Mr. Ikegami speaking to the audience

Mr. Ikegami speaking to the audience

On May 10th, Kwansei Gakuin University invited the journalist Akira Ikegami to give a special lecture at the Nishinomiya Uegahara campus. The lecture was also broadcast live to the Kobe Sanda Campus. Roughly a thousand people gathered to hear what Mr. Ikegami had to say.

In his lecture, entitled “What Does ‘The Ability to Keep Learning” Mean? - Living in a Global Society,” Mr. Ikegami told the attendees, “At university, you will develop the ability to ask good questions. For example, if there are rules, it’s common to follow them and think, “What should I do?” Don’t take following those rules as a given. I want you to develop the approach of creating rules for yourself.”

A packed house at the Central Auditorium

A packed house at the Central Auditorium

 During the Q&A session, many students raised their hands to ask questions about things like Mr. Ikegami’s opinion on the Internet society, and where he got his information on world affairs. They were taken aback when he answered that he checked twelve newspapers every day. He encouraged the students, saying “If you study something and have curiosity, you will naturally become stronger,” and “Irrespective of what you’ve studied, I want you to have the awareness to give something back through what you’ve learned.”

Students watching the live broadcast from the Kobe Sanda Campus

Students watching the live broadcast from the Kobe Sanda Campus

 The text of his lecture will be written up in the next issue of the KG Journal, which will be sent out on July 2nd.