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Joint Workshop by 10 Global Leaders High Schools (GLHS) held

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, making use of the cooperation agreement between Osaka University and the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education, the second joint workshop of 10 Global Leaders High Schools (GLHS) was held at Osaka University Hall. The objective of the workshop was for students belonging to GLHS to learn from each other by conducting research in the arts and sciences and then make presentations based on their findings. It also aimed to increase students' motivation for learning, their ability to problem-solve, and make presentations.

Following greetings from the organizers and from Osaka University, KOJIMA Seiji, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the Kansai Region, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, delivered the keynote speech "What we expect from senior high school students, next-generation global leaders."

His speech was followed by a presentation session by students from the different schools. The students, understandably nervous, made impassioned presentations on the subjects they had selected. EGAWA Atsushi, Director, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, NAGATA Yasushi, Dean, Graduate School of Letters, OSAKA Mariko, Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, YAMAMOTO Beverley Anne, Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, ARIKAWA Tomoko, Professor, Center for International Education and Exchange, and NAKAMURA Masaki, Associate Professor, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences, participating in the workshop as commentators, were pleasantly surprised with the high quality of the presentations.

At the end of the presentations, AWAJI Toshiyuki, Trustee & Vice President of Kyoto University, commented on the students' presentations, saying, "Be very clear in defining what the topic is you want to discuss in your presentation." HIGASHIJIMA Kiyoshi, Trustee & Vice President of Osaka University, encouraged the students to make further efforts, saying, "Don't stop your search by asking why. Rather I encourage you to continue searching for answers, hidden perhaps in everyday things and happenings."



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