Education Forum “Global Human Resource Development and Its Future”

Public Relations Office        June 9, 2014

Education Forum

 Kwansei Gakuin University held the Education Forum “Global Human Resource Development and Its Future” at Kwansei Gakuin Hall on June 6. This forum attracted about 200 people including educators from high schools and other academic institutions in Japan, and discussed high schools’ global human resource development.

 A keynote speaker was Ms. Hiromi Kawamura, deputy director of the International Education Division, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). She discussed frontline issues related to global human resources, such as “Why does Japan need global human resources now?” and “How can Japan develop students into global human resources?”, deepening the audience’s understanding of global human resource development. She expressed her hope for future global human resource development by saying, “The process of global human resource development can start from high schools if high schools and globalized universities collaborate with one another.”

 Ms. Keiko Harada, principal of Osaka Prefectural Kitano Senior High School, which has been designated as a Super Global High School by MEXT, introduced her school’s initiative of helping develop Japan into a place where dreams come true through learning from interaction with other Asian countries. She said, “We’d like to develop our students into competent individuals who can contribute to Japan’s further development, making full use of specialized classes and activities provided in English by teaching staff, international students and other members of Kwansei Gakuin University, field work programs in Southeast Asia and various other educational resources.”

Education Forum

 In the second session of the forum, Professor Takeshi Sekiya, who is in charge of the Practical World Citizen Development Program at Kwansei Gakuin University, explained the essential qualities required of students planning to make international contributions, such as the ability to identify and solve problems. He also talked about how KG students can develop the ability to think and take action on their own.

 To conclude the forum, Yoshihisa Ogi, who is in charge of Super Global High School support at KG, introduced various methods of support, such as dispatching KG’s teaching staff and graduate students, as well as global admissions and efforts for high-school-university transitional education.

 KG received many comments from participants, such as “I gained a clear picture of high-school-university collaboration,” “I was able to reaffirm the importance of developing students into global human resources,” and “I was able to hear about many specific cases and got many tips for what ideal education should be like.”