In September 2023, seven female students from Nagoya University participated in the first part of the Women's Cybersecurity Engagement Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, an initiative supported by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo that aims to help young women enter the growing field of cybersecurity.
In December, we were pleased to welcome UNC students to Nagoya University for the second part of the program. Six UNC students, with backgrounds ranging from computer science to international relations, attended special lectures, participated in simulated cybersecurity risk scenarios, and spent time with Nagoya University students, including trying out real Japanese karaoke and participating in Lego-based problem-solving challenges organized by the Nagoya University Lego Club!
The UNC students, accompanied by three of the Nagoya University students who traveled to the U.S. in September, also met with Nagoya University President Naoshi Sugiyama and THERS Chancellor Seiichi Matsuo to provide feedback and discuss future plans for the program.
Initiatives such as the Women's Cybersecurity Engagement Program play an important role in Nagoya University's commitment to international cooperation and encouraging women's participation in STEM fields, and we look forward to welcoming even more bright young minds from around the world to Nagoya in 2024.