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Joint Workshop by Global Leaders High Schools (GLHS) held (Feb. 13, 2016)

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, a joint workshop was held by students from the 10 Global Leaders High Schools (GLHS) under the sponsorship of Osaka Prefectural Board of Education and Osaka University.

The objective of the workshop was for students belonging to GLHS to learn from each other through conducting research in the arts and sciences and by making presentations. It also aimed to increase students' motivation for learning, and their ability to problem-solve and make presentations through such activities. This was the fourth workshop held since Osaka University and the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education began their cooperative effort in July 2012.

Following a greeting from Board of Education Office Director WADA Yoshihiko, Director SHIMODA Tadashi of the Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Osaka University expressed his hope, saying, "I want you to reexamine what your everyday learning means to you in order to foster the power to think and the power to grasp the true essence of things."

After student representatives from each school explained in English about subjects they had selected, they made presentations in both Japanese and English. The first presentation was made by students from Osaka Prefectural Tennoji High School. Under the title of "Reform of English on University Entrance Examinations - For a Smooth Reform of English Education," students performed surveys and analysis on the direction of English educational reform being promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and made a presentation discussing the role of "English class" on university entrance examinations. Students' presentations have improved year by year, and they were praised by those in attendance, including the committee members who screened their content.

Following the presentations, some GLHS students who participated in training in the U.S. talked about their experience. Students who had taken part in classes at world-class universities such as Harvard University said that it was important to work hard without giving up so that they could play a global leadership role.

During the final set of feedback and the award ceremony, GLHS Evaluation Council Member ASANO Ryoichi (Professor, Hyogo University of Teacher Education) delivered an inspiring message, saying, "I want you all to become individuals who can talk in their own words about the significance of their research." Associate Managing Director SHINDO Shuichi also had encouraging words for the participating students, saying, "I want you all to continue to hold onto your intellectual interest, and acquire the ability to express this in presentations in a foreign language." Awards were given to the high schools chosen as having the most outstanding presentations, with Osaka Prefectural Kozu High School and Osaka Prefectural Mikunigaoka High School receiving awards.

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