Announcement of the Symposium "Business-Integrated Design Education for Generating Innovation

December 3rd, 2021

Kyushu University Faculty of Design, Kyushu University Business School (QBS), and Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University (QREC) were pleased to announce a symposium, “Business-Integrated Design Education for Innovation.”
Kyushu University Graduate School of Design will launch a business-integrated design education program across design, business, and entrepreneurship in 2022 with the reorganization of its graduate school. The Strategic Design Course of the Department of Design, QBS, and QREC faculty members, who are leading this movement, have established a forum to discuss business-integrated design education, which will be responsible for creating innovation in the future, with corporate participants. We hoped that many people participated in this event, including corporate executives, working people interested in recurrent education, and students interested in startups.

|Keynote speaker
Noboru Konno (Speaking via Zoom online)
He is Professor of Tama Graduate School, president of ECOSYX LAB,INC., Guest Professor of Graduate School of System Design and Management of Keio University. Executive Director of Japan Innovation Network(JIN) and President of Future Center Alliance Japan(FCAJ) . He has been conducting research and practice on knowledge creation, innovation management, design thinking/management, innovation “place,” and purpose engineering. His books include: “The Complete Book of Innovation” (Toyo Keizai Inc.), “The Principles of Knowledge Creation Management” (same, co-authored with Ikujiro Nonaka), “Purpose Engineering” , and “Methodology of Conceptual Power” (Nikkei BP, same).

|Panel Discussion
Hiroshi Tamura
Co-Chairman, Re:Public Inc.
He was born in Kanagawa Prefecture. He graduated from the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, and earned a doctorate from the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. He joined Hakuhodo in 1994, and after working in digital media research and business development, he joined the Innovation Lab. He joined Hakuhodo in 1994, and after working in digital media research and business development, joined the Innovation Lab, where he worked as a senior researcher before leaving in 2013 to found Re:Public, Inc. In 2009, he launched the University of Tokyo’s, an interdisciplinary educational program for fostering innovation leaders, with Professor Hideyuki Horii, the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering. In April 2013, he became an Executive Fellow at He is currently a visiting professor at Kyushu University and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST). He is the author of many books, including “How to Create Innovations that Change the World the University of Tokyo Way” (2010, Hayakawa Shobo).

Takuma Go
Editor-in-Chief, NewsPicks Re:gion
Born in Tokyo in 1980, Takuma Wu worked as a web ad editor before joining a long-established editing production company to edit magazines and books. After working as a freelancer, he joined NewsPicks in 2015, where he participated in the launch of the Brand Design team and became the Editor-in-Chief of Brand Design in 2018. At the same time, he launched and served as editor-in-chief of the youth-oriented sub-brand “HOPE by NewsPicks. Currently, he is promoting the “Re:gion” project focusing on the regional economy.

Megumi Takata (Dean, Kyushu University Business School (QBS))
Shingo Igarashi (Deputy Director, Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University (QREC))
Yasuyuki Hirai (Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University)

[How it will be held]
The symposium was held both face-toface and via webcast. The symposium was held at ELGARA Hall and will be broadcast online via Zoom webiar.
The webinar was delivered using ZOOM, an online conference tool.

[Application Procedure and Deadline]
Google form.
Application deadline: Tuesday, November 30 at noon.
If there are multiple participants from your organization, please apply for each of them.

[Hosted by]
Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
Kyushu University Business School (QBS)
Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University(QREC)


December 3rd, 2021, p.m.18:30 - p.m.20:00


Medium Hall, ELGARA Hall and online(Zoom)

1-4-2 Tenjin Chuou-ku Fukuoka


Face-to-face: 100, Online: 200 * Applications for both face-to-face and online will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be closed as soon as capacity is reached.




Kyushu University, Faculty of Design, The Office of Strategic Initiatives and Projects



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