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Toba High School accepted 14 students of Lycée Nevers, which is located in southern France, for one-week study experience at Toba on October 15 (Tu). As a kick-off event, we had a ceremonial meeting, in which all the French students met their host families. At the beginning of the event, 3 volunteer students gave their brief presentation about Toba, followed by the gift exchange between both of the schools. After that, all the students had a good time talking with each other using Japanese and English, and got to know each other better, since almost all the Toba students do not speak French well. It seemed that both French and Toba students enjoyed this occasion, and were looking forward to the study experience programs at Toba starting tomorrow.
 
 
 
 

The first year Global Course students participated in a workshop, titled "Team Building," facilitated by Mr. INUI Noriaki, an accociate professor at Kyoto Koka Women's College. In this workshop, the students realized how important to be a team, not an individual, to pursue their researches better, which gave them a clearer vision toward their research goals.

 
 
 
 

The second year Global Course students had Innovation Studies II on September 21 (Sa). They continued to be actively involved in brushing up their research plans in preparation for a practice session of the poster sessions, which are to be held on October 12 (Sa) and the final rehearsals of the poster sessions, held on November 11 (sa).

 
 
 
 

Today was the last da of the program, and it seems that some of the students fell aspeep while traveling from one place to another on the bus or train, but once they took aprt in the activities, they enjoyed them, which made the staff happy. We had exhange programs at Hanyoung High School, in which various presentations about traditional Korean cultures, such as sweets and games, and the school orchestra played a several tunes for us. During the lunch break, we had a chance to make tteok-bokki, a popular food, together with Hanyoung students, and ate it. The Toba students seemed to be taking part in all the activities actively, and they had intewviews with Hanyoung students about topics of their research projects. Having Finished all the programs, we arrived in Kyoto Station. The students started their prior learning session in June, and they completed all the researches they had planed. Now they have to organize these data they collected during the Study Program into a presentation.


One of the students said, "This Study tour was a great opportunity. The reason is that I was able to talk a lot during the activities with Hanyoung students: during the lunch break, I asked questions about the topic of my research project directly and was able to learn something new, even though it was sometimes very difficult to have Korean people understand what I wanted to express."



 
 
 
 

Day 3

We went around the city of Seoul on the fieldwork: Gyeongbokgung, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Myeong-dong. One of the students said, "We visited Gyeongbokgung in the morning, and I learned a lot firsthand about what things were like, such as clothes, in the Korean Dynasties period. In Bukchon Hanok Village, which we visited in the afternoon, I felt as if I were taken back in time when I saw its beautiful landscape. We also went to Myeong-dong, and I enjoyed experiencing Korean youth culture there.

 

 
 
 
 
Day 2

We visited the National Museum in the morning; we learned about the history of Korea there. In the afternoon, we participated in an internship at AST Electronics, which we were given referral to by Kataoka Korea Corporation in the afternoon. We learned about the quality of the products they manufactured and about how foreign workers work in Korea. One of the students said, "I saw a lot of new things; I was impressed to see the manufacturing units of AST, in which they produce radio control devices." We are going to explore the city of Seoul on the fieldwork tomorrow.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 1

We visited Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) Seoul Office on the first day of the tour. Mr. FUJIMOTO Kazuhiko, the vice director of the office, gave us a welcoming address, in which he told us what we can do now in order to be a global leader in the future. One of the students said, "I learned today that we have a different perception about a thing if we speak a different language, or have a different national background, and this may sometimes lead to miscommunication in a business setting, which surprised me very much. I cannot think of myself communicating with someone from a different country right now, but I will certainly keep this lesson in mind until I put myself in that position in the future.

 
 
 
 

The second year Global Course students had Innovation Studies II on 9/14 (Sa), in which they revised their research project plans. Their immediate focuses are the rehearsal for the poster sessions (10/12), and the poster sessions about their research projects(11/22). They have been trying their best in order to make their presentations as insightful as possible. 

 
 
 
 

10 students who are participating in SGH Overseas Study Program in Seoul left on the early morning of 9/18(W). During the program, they are going to join in a fieldwork, internship programs, and meet students at

 
 
 
 

10 Toba students who are taking part in SGH Overseas Program in Seoul and 2 international exchange students studying at Toba on Kakehashi Project, one of whom is from Korea; the other from Mongolia, took a prior learning session through a web-based video conferencing system on September 11. In the session, Toba students had a precious opportunity to talk with Hanyoung high school students about the research projects they have been working on, while Hanyoung students interviewed Toba students about Japanese culture. They talked in English, Korean, and Japanese, and they all seemed to have understood each other better.

 

 

 
 
 
 
Toba High School accepted two international students who received Kakehashi Scholarship sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology this year, and on August 26, they came to school for the first time. One is from Mongolia, and the other from Korea. They are going to study for about 7 months as members of the first year Global Course until the end of March. Kakehashi program (Japanese for "building bridges") "will provide full scholarships for 1,000 Asian high school students to study in Japan's public and private high schools over the next five years." It seemed that they had already made a lot of friends on the first day and were looking forward to the days to come at Toba.
 
 
 
 

A prior learning session of SGH Seoul Program was provided by CLAIR Seoul Office (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations) through a web-based video conferencing system on August 22. In this session, the students who are joining this study program were provided with several pieces of general information on CLAIR Seoul Office, Korean food culture (including cafe culture), and Korean education system. After that some of the students asked questions about those topics. They seemed to be a little nervous because it was the first time for them to take part in a meeting through the video-conferencing system. They seemed satisfied with the remote communication through the technology.

 
 
 
 

Three students of the first year Global Course visited Kyoto University Katsura Campus on August 22 (Th), and had an opportunity to have a small meeting with Ms. KANKI Kiyoko, professor at Graduate School of Engineering and Faculty of Engineering of Kyoto University. The students were given a valuable pieces of advice on their research project about revitalization of local community. This visit provided the students with a clearer vision on their research, and accelerated the academic drive for further study.

 
 
 
 

 

The second year Global Course students took part in a workshop held at Osaka University, titled, "Academic Writing" on August 20 (Tu). The workshop was organized by Mr. SHINDO Shuichi, a professor and Mr. SAKAJIRI Akihiro, an associate professor at Osaka University. The students got a lot of assistance from graduate students as teaching assistants during the workshop. The workshop mainly focused on the following three points: (1)think in order to write, (2)no plagiarism, and (3)paragraph writing, through which they learned about fundamental skills for writing a good research paper including collecting and organizing information. They were given a precious opportunity to become aware that building up good research questions is significantly important to writing a good research paper, which will definiteily be a great help for them for their research projects in the second term.

 
 
 
 

9 students of the second Global Course participated in One Day Internship Program with a valuable assistance of the Kyoto Conference of the Association of Small-and Medium-Size Enterprises. The 9 students have been researching on issues about small-and medium-size enterprises in Innovation Studies II since this April. This internship program started last year. The students were separated into 3 groups and took part in the internship program at three different venues: the Conference's office, Nagashimaya Co., Ltd and Tanaka Denki Seisakusho Co., Ltd. During the program the students learned how important and interesting it is to work, and at the same time, they also became aware of the difficulty involved in working. They were also given a chance to have interviews with some of the company staff members about the issues they have been working on.

 
 
 
 

Several students attended a public symposium, titled "AI and the Future Society," organized by Science Council of Japan (Section III and Kinki District Conference) and Osaka University on August 1 (Th), which provided Toba students with an opportunity to get to know more about the rapidly changing society with repmarkable advance in AI and IoT technology, which has created interdisciplinary fusion of neurology and information science. This opportunity made the students well aware that we have to tackle many things these drastic paradigm shift has brought to us: coexistence of humans and robots, biases AI and IoT technology will create, protection of privacy, security issues, and so on. This symposium gave the students a valuable chance to reconsider the raison d'etre of us human beings.

 
 
 
 
Japan Overseas Cooperative Association (JOCA) Osaka Branch Representative Mr. Kawai, who is a graduate from Toba High School, and Ms. Yoshida, a staff member of the organization, gave a lecture and workshop to the students of the first year Global Course and voluntary students from the General Course, the total number of whom were 87, on July 24 (W). In the lecture the students learned about what kind of activities Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) have been doing and how Japan has developed various connections with developing countries. After that, all the students were divided into small groups, in which all the members of the group were given an opportunity to be aware of how important multicultural collaboration is while trying to solve inter-cultural issues through role playing method, including a case where they are supposed to think of a way to realize a society where people with different cultural background can live feeling reassured.

 
 
 
 

On the fifth day of Toba Global Summit 2019, we had a workshop, called Kyoto Fieldwork, a type of show and tell session, in which the participating students and teaching assistants presented several photos they took while visiting the appointed areas round the city of Kyoto. Their mission was to find something interesting that reminds us of "the Wisdom of Kyoto," accumulated wisdom of Kyoto in terms of culture and society and its people's daily lives.

The Toba students had taken a prior learning session before the Summit, in which they tried to get well prepared for the fieldwork; they collected appropriate information, translating it into English so that they could communicate well with their teaching assistants.

They walked around the city in a group of 5 or 6 people in the morning, and then in the afternoon, they had a presentation, in which each team talked about the photos they took during the fieldwork. One of the teams talked about the story of 4 foxes in Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, which was something new even to us Kyoto dwellers. This event gave us a precious opportunity to learn something new about Kyoto and look at ordinary things from a fresh angle, and it also gave an important opportunity which made the foreign university students inspired to know more about Kyoto.

After the Kyoto Fieldwork presentation, we had a closing and farewell ceremony. In the ceremony, each of the participating members expressed their feelings of gratitude in words, and shared the memories of the five days they had spent together. Before the foreign university students left, all the members wished one another with everyone's good luck, saying, "Let's get together again in either of our countries some day."

Through the five days of Global Summit 2019, Toba students were provided with various exchange programs, through which they were able to foster abilities to accept and respect different cultures, to solve problems with team members, and to communicate well with each other. I, as one of the chief organizers of the Summit, do believe that this event have undoubtedly inspired the students to realize the significance of expanding the wave of exchange, and continue working on their academic challenges on their own.

Finally I would like to thank all the people including the host families and many volunteers who have been working tirelessly over the past few days for the great success of the Summit.

 

 
 
 
 

The second year Global Course students participated in the workshop at National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka on July 6 (Sa). At the beggining of the workshop, Mr. IKEYA Kazunobu, Professor at the Department of Modern Society and Civilization, gave the lecture titled, "What Is Humanity?-Cognitive Revolution and Beads," in which the students learned how important it is to think of things on a global scale and from a humanity-wide viewpoint. After that, they visited both the permanent and special exhibitions, which showed them the grand civilization humans have built. While they have quite many opportunities to look at international issues in Innovation Studies II and Kyoto and the World Landscape, today's workshop at National Museum provided them with a chance to realize the significance of looking at things from a comprehensive, panoramic viewpoint.

 
 
 
 
On the fourth day of Toba Global Summit, "Machizukuri Summit" was held, in which volunteer students of the first and second year took part. This event was about thinking of the question: "what can we do for better renovation of local community with increasing number of people from overseas trying to settle in Kyoto?" In the prior learning session held on June 22 (Sa), the participating students set their goals of their research based on one of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), which is Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, which states that "there needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more." Today 17 foreign university students and graduate students studying in Kyoto joined us as teaching assistants, and they gave us new insights into the issues from the viewpoint of resident foreigners, such as the disposal of waste and access to medical institution. With the contributing assistance of teaching assistants, Toba students were able to deepen their discussion on how revitalization of local community should be like in English.

One of the students said, "I realized that there are many ways of looking at Kyoto through interaction with foreign university students," and another said, "It was difficult to express what I really want to say in English." Judging form what the Toba students said, it seemed that they enjoyed this event while they learned something new. We hope that they were inspired by the new perspectives they obtained through this exchange program, so that they will continue trying to deepen their knowledge in their daily learning.
 
 
 
 
 
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