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Plně hrazená účast na konferenci pro studenty bakalářského studia, Tokio

Invitation to Central Europe/Japan Student Conference on:

Growing disparities in wealth and income in industrialized societies – life and work challenges for students in an age of inequality  

Organized by the Josai Institute for Central European Studies with support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in cooperation with the University of Economics, Prague (Czech Republic), University of Cologne (Germany), University of Pecs (Hungary), University of Warsaw (Poland), and Comenius University (Slovakia)

Venue: the Kioicho (Tokyo) Campus of Josai University and Josai International University

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Since the 1980s, disparities in income and wealth have widened in most industrialized countries. In Japan, the income of the lowest 10 percent of the workforce fell in this period, according to a recent OECD report. Though workers displaced during the 2008 worldwide financial crisis have found new jobs, their pay and work conditions are less favorable than before. In the meantime, wealth accumulation by the top 10 percent continues to rise at a faster rate than at lower income levels in most countries.

The knowledge revolution is one cause of growing inequality. Manual work has been lost to automation. Jobs in high tech require high levels of education, tipping the scales in favor of those who can afford the cost of tuition for their children.

But can democracy survive when the rich get richer and the poor cannot put food on the table? What about equality of opportunity, a matter that should concern students entering the labor force?

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Josai and Josai International universities will host the fourth in a series of international conferences on the above theme with a view to encouraging students to confront social issues likely to have an impact on their futures.

Undergraduate students enrolled in the above five European universities, wishing to participate in the conference are requested to submit a 500-word statement in English on a subject related to the conference theme. Submissions should be sent in the form of MSWord attached files to Prof. Andrew Horvat,  Josai International University at ahorvat@jiu.ac.jp with a cc to Prof. Nobuhiro Shiba, Josai International University at shiban@jiu.ac.jp by no later than November 29, 2017.

Participants will be expected to produce a 20-minute presentation on the topic they have submitted. Air travel and accommodation for four nights as well as meals related to the conference will be provided.