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Global Leaders High Schools (GLHS) Joint Workshop held (Feb. 4, 2018)

On Sunday, February 4, the Global Leaders High Schools (GLHS) Joint Workshop was held at Osaka University Hall under the sponsorship of the 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 solve problems and make presentations through such activities. This was the sixth workshop held at Osaka University since Osaka University and the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education began their cooperative efforts in 2013.

Following greetings from Osaka Prefectural Board of Education Office Director HASHIMOTO Mitsuyoshi and Osaka University Executive Vice President KOBAYASHI Tadashi, students made presentations. After student representatives explained in English about the topics they had selected, they made presentations in both Japanese and English.

The first presentation was by Osaka Prefectural Tennoji High School on "Why corruption of Japanese language happens," in which students made a presentation on their survey and discussed the reality and causes of incorrect usage of words and reading errors. They were concerned about the impact of entrance examinations and education on corruption of language. Students' presentations have improved year by year, and they were highly praised by those in attendance.

Following the presentations, GLHS students who participated in training in the UK talked about their experiences. They attended classes at world-class universities, such as University of Cambridge, and were exposed to old English culture through talking with faculty members, students, and local people. They learned that it was important to care for others, have their own opinions, and listen to others' opinions in order to become global leaders. 

During the review and award ceremony following the presentations, GLHS Evaluation Council Member, KIKUCHI Eiji (Professor, Waseda University) gave an inspiring message, saying, "I want you all to become global leaders who will lead the world." SHINDO Shuichi (Associate Executive Director, Osaka University) also gave an encouraging message to students: "Students' presentations have improved year by year because their high schools have made efforts to encourage each other to aim higher." Finally, awards were presented to Kozu Senior High School, Ibaraki Senior High School, and Mikunigaoka Senior High School, who were selected as the most outstanding schools at the workshop.

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