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.
Public Symposium organized by SCJ 2019/08/03
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.
JICA Kansai Workshop on July 24 (W) 2019/07/24
Toba Global Summit Day 5 (July 14) 2019/07/16
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.
Toba Global Summit Day 4 (July 13) 2019/07/13
Toba Global Summit Day 3 (July 12) 2019/07/13
Toba Global Summit Day 2 (July 11) 2019/07/13
Today was the second day of Toba Global Summit. 6 foreign university students came to school with his or her host brother (sister), who is a Toba student. On Day 2, we invited the foreign students to several classes in the morning, and in the afternoon, we had exchange activities with all the first year General Course students in their homerooms. After school, a meeting for those who were participating in Kyoto Fieldwork was held, in which all the members introduced themselves to 6 foreign university students. Toba students seemed to have been active at every occasion, trying hard to get to know foreign university students better.
For tomorrow (Day 3), various exchange activities are going to take place in various classes, and after school Global Cafe is going to open, in which maccha tea is going to be served in traditional style to foreign university students.
The third year Global Course students had a special version of Innovation Studies III on July 12 (F) as one of the major events during the Toba Global Summit 2019. We invited 19 university and graduate school students, as teaching assistants (TA), from 12 different nations and areas. During the session, Toba students were divided into their research project teams, and with a valuable assistance of the TAs, they were required to make up their unique proposals to the issue they had worked on and had written the research papers about, and then they were going to present their ideas with a poster. Looking back on the first occasion where they had been assigned to perform a poster session, I could see a significant progress in their basic presentation skills such as effective delivery, eye contact, and posture.
They need to continue working on the academic challenge of creating universal values out of what they have learned in the course of their research projects, trying hard to find the last one piece of the "missing clue" in the last half of the days left until they graduate. Finally, as one of the staff members in charge of Innovation Studies III this year, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the university students who came all the way to Toba High School, and made every effort possible to make this event successful.
The Annual Toba Global Summit 2019 2019/07/10
The opening ceremony of the Annual Toba Global Summit 2019 was held on July 10 (W). This international exchange program week is one of the biggest events of Toba High School, and we cerebrated its third opening with the welcoming speech by Mr. Shigehiko YAMANO, the Principal of Toba High School, followed by the opening address by Natsuha KOYASHIKI, a third year Global Course student, with all the Global Course students assembling together at the auditorium. Our school invites 6 overseas university students this year, 4 of whom are from National University of Singapore, and 2 of whom are from Fudan University in Shanghai. They are going to join our classes during the week, in which various kinds of workshops and discussions are planning to be held. They are also going to be invited to Kyoto Fieldwork (photo contest) and to "Machizukuri Summit" (a forum to talk about what we can do for better renovation of local community with increasing number of people from overseas trying to settle in Kyoto) during the weekend. After the ceremonial events were over, all the 6 overseas university students met their host families. During the Summit Week, Toba High School has14 foreign students from 12 different countries and areas who are studying at graduate schools in Kyoto and the 6 overseas university students.
10 Toba students who are going to take part in SGH Overseas Study Program in Seoul, and 10 Toba students who are going to take part in SGH Overseas Study Program in Shanghai were provided with an internship opportunity at Kataoka Corporation on July 5 (F). At the beginning of the program, Mr KATAOKA Koji, President of the company, gave the students a special lecture about qualities and abilities required in order to be able to perform in a global environment. They learned that those who are honest and sincere are liked by everyone wherever they are, and placing themselves in the other person's position makes it possible to solve whatever problems they are facing.
After Mr. KATAOKA Hiroya, executive managing director, gave the students the brief introduction of the company: the brief summary of its business, the company's motto, and the mission statement of the company, they took a tour of the factory's facilities.
During the SGH overseas programs in Seoul and Shanghai, the students are going to visit the overseas offices of Kataoka Corporation, where they will be given a valuable opportunity to participate in workshops.
Innovation Studies Ⅱ on June 22 (Sa) 2019/06/27
The second year Global Course students (Class 2-7,8) had Innovation Studies II on June 22 (Sa). They went over their research scheme and planning with the knowledge they gained through the workshop by Osaka University on June 8, checking whether their researches meet the three requirements that a good research project must have: ①it has to have a clear aim, ②it has to be based on logical analysis, and ③it has to be based on targeted research. There is no royal road to good research, and the students are sometimes feeling at a loss what they should do about their research, but they are learning something new every time they encounter a difficulty. The are going to do their fieldworks based on their research planning they are now working on.
During the Annual Toba Global Summit, "Machizukuri Summit" is going to be held on July 13 (Sa) as one of the cross-cultural exchange programs, which aims at 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." This event is 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." 12 students took part in the prior learning session on June 22 (Sa), in which they tried to set their basic theme of their discussion in the event so that they will be able to reach optimal solutions to their research questions with the assistance of foreign university students during the Machizukuri Summit.
Innovation Studies III on June 26 (W) 2019/06/26
The third year Global Course students had Innovation Studies III on June 26 (W). They were informed of the list of the teaching assistants who are going to participate in the event, the way their activities are going to be evaluated, and the overall procedures of preparation and cleanup of the rooms. After that, they were divided into their research teams, finalizing their drafts and rehearsing their mini presentations. We hope that they will have been well prepared, and will be able to give their best performance.
Last Saturday (6/22) ten Toba High School students had a talk session with foreign students studying at Universities in Kansai area at Kyoto Ryugakusei House, dormitory for foreign students located in central Kyoto. Toba students prepared mini presentations showing hidden attractiveness of Kyoto, while foreign students gave us new insight into their home countries. Toba students also learned how foreign students have been striving to make their dreams realized through their studies, which gave Toba students a valuable opportunity to reflect what they have done in their lives.