Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Education/Human Resources

The goal is for everyone to be adequately equipped to make a positive contribution to society.

Sub-themes

At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 3 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of energy and environment.

  • Regional disparities exist in education.

    There is unequal access to education across economic situations and localities.

  • Opportunities for second career training are inadequate.

    In the typical life pattern of formalized education at school, getting a job, and then retiring for the rest of one's life, opportunities for learning are limited. However, with the development of new technologies such as AI, many workers need to obtain new skills midway through their careers.

  • Teachers are forced to work long hours.

    Class hours have increased because of a revision in teaching guidelines, and teachers are working longer hours. Hours worked by about 30% of elementary school teachers and about 60% of middle school teachers have reached the "karoshi line" (defined as 80 hours of overtime per month).

Innovation to correct disparities in education

Social problem

  • Regional disparities exist in education.

    There is unequal access to education across economic situations and localities.

Issues to be tackled

  • Providing children with educational opportunities and learning venues that are not affected by regional disparities

Examples of innovation

  • Support for distance learning:
    Technologies to support distance learning using VR/AR, online universities, etc.
  • Learning support based on proficiency level:
    Adaptive learning support services, etc.

Innovation in lifelong learning for career expansion

Social problem

  • Opportunities for second career training are inadequate.

    In the typical life pattern of formalized education at school, getting a job, and then retiring for the rest of one's life, opportunities for learning are limited. However, with the development of new technologies such as AI, many workers need to obtain new skills midway through their careers.

Issues to be tackled

  • Providing adults with educational opportunities and learning venues in response to aging demographics, increasing labor mobility, and innovative technologies such as AI

Examples of innovation

  • Lifelong learning platforms using ICT
  • Development of learning tools to enhance specialized expertise and intellectual creativity

Innovation to improve productivity in education

Social problem

  • Teachers are forced to work long hours.

    Class hours have increased because of a revision in teaching guidelines, and teachers are working longer hours. Hours worked by about 30% of elementary school teachers and about 60% of middle school teachers have reached the "karoshi line" (defined as 80 hours of overtime per month).

Issues to be tackled

  • Introducing technologies and services to lighten the load of overall teacher responsibilities

Examples of innovation

  • Improving efficiency in non-teaching activities such as lesson preparation and training:
    Development of training methods that use technologies such as AI and VR

Application Details

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Other-themes

The following themes will also be considered for this contest:

  • Mobility

    The goal is for everyone to have unhindered access to safe and clean transportation.

  • EDUCATION /
    HUMAN RESOURCES

    The goal is for everyone to be adequately equipped to make a positive contribution to society.