2022 International Research Symposium

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A hybrid event – attend in person or online

Discounts for early birds and various member categories


The Symposium will be held at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan, from August 31 (Wed) to September 2 (Fri), 2022.

It is being offered as a hybrid event – attend in person or online.

The International Research Symposium (IRS) is an international conference organized by the World Association for Collaborative Education (WACE), where leaders in industry, government and academia, as well as experts in collaborative education gather from around the world to present research and case studies, exchange information and know-how, and build human networks.

While the WACE 4th International Research Symposium will be held from August 31, 2022 to September 2, 2022, there will be additional meetings held on August 29 and August 30 for the WACE Executive Council, Global Strategy Council and other committees. These meetings and dates will be confirmed in the upcoming months and attendance will be invitation only.

WACE IRS 2022 Theme

Sustainable Development Goals

“New industry-university collaboration initiatives to realize a sustainable society ~Contribution and expectations of co-operative & work-integrated education to Sustainable Development Goals~”

About WACE

WACE is the only international professional organization dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating for cooperative & work-integrated education programs within industry and educational institutions.

Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (CWIE) is a term created by WACE to acknowledge and embrace all forms of experiential learning utilized by industry and educational institutions to prepare the next generation of global professionals. CWIE is an encompassing term that includes: cooperative education, internships, semester in industry, international co-op exchanges, study abroad, research, clinical rotations, service learning and community service.

WACE strives to create, implement and maintain events, programs and services geared to the support and expansion of the Global Industry and Institutional Partners network and the entire CWIE community.


Message from the President, Kanazawa Institute of Technology

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the members of the WACE Board of Directors and other related parties for their continued support and guidance.

I am very pleased to announce that the 4th International Research Symposium of WACE will be held in Kanazawa from August 31, 2022.

Co-Op education, including long-term internships, has been attracting attention in Japan, and this WACE-IRS event will have an important meaning in further promoting Co-Op education in Japan. I look forward to seeing all WACE members in Kanazawa, a historical and cultural city that has flourished as a castle town since the Edo period and is filled with samurai culture and elegant arts and crafts.

President, Kanazawa Institute of Technology

Satoshi Osawa

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