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Students from 101 High Schools Across Japan Present Their Research at Kwansei Gakuin

Public Relations Office        March 24, 2018

Top Prizes Awarded to Senri International High School of Kwansei Gakuin and Miyazaki Prefectural Gokase Secondary School

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The opening ceremony

On March 24th, the 2018 Super Global High School Research Summit (2018 SGH Koshien) was held at Kwansei Gakuin University’s Nishinomiya Uegahara campus. At the event, a collaborative venture organized by Kwansei Gakuin University, Osaka University and Osaka Kyoiku University (with support from Waseda University), students from designated Super Global High Schools all over Japan came together to present their research to each other.

 140 teams of students from 101 schools joined the summit to conduct inquiries and research, as part of the 2017 MEXT Project to Reform the Student Selection Process for Entry into University. Amidst a gathering of approximately 2400 people, including school-affiliated staff, the high schoolers gave presentations on a myriad of topics, such as the development of medical apps targeted at foreign tourists, programming education at the elementary school level and ways to solve problems that arise between different cultures during natural disasters. These presentations were held in three formats—oral presentations, poster presentations and discussions—and conducted in both Japanese and English.

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Discussion: "Is it Really Necessary to Reduce CO2 Emissions?"

The high school students who participated made various comments: “There were a lot of sharp questions, so in the future I want to try and prepare more carefully,” “It was a struggle, since all of the relevant literature for my research was in English,” “I’m not good at speaking in public, but I was able to attempt to overcome my weakness by participating in SGH Koshien,” and “I experienced how hard it is to convey opinions and talk about research. In the future, I want to be able to speak my own mind, using my own words.”

After the presentations, there was a student mixer and an assembly for the high school teachers. The students exchanged their previously prepared self-introduction cards, and actively engaged in conversation and opinion exchanges with students from other schools.

 At the closing ceremony, the prize winners from various categories were announced, as chosen by judges from the organizing universities. The Senri International School of Kwansei Gakuin won top prize in the Japanese Presentation category for “The Feasibility of Japanese NGOs Delivering Medical Care to the Cambodian Underclass: Exploring the Prospects through the Cases of Sunrise Japan Hospital and the Japan Heart NPO,” while Miyazaki Prefectural Gokase Secondary School won top prize in the English Presentation category for “An Ideal Model of Community Bus Service in Aging Society.” The teams from both schools exhibited their research in the Central Auditorium.

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Miyazaki Prefectural Gokase Secondary School's presentation

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Senri International High School's presentation

 Basing their research on data obtained from interviews and surveys held in Cambodia, Senri International School’s team analyzed local medical care issues, and gave their presentation about the extent to which citizens’ groups in Japan could help resolve these issues. The team from Miyazaki Prefectural Gokase Secondary School gave their presentation about an issue close to home, and examined the possibility of effectively using the local “G-Line” community bus service to solve the issues faced by the aging Gokase population. After the students from both schools gave their presentations, they received great ovations from the audience of roughly one thousand people.

The schools and participants which received awards are listed below.

[Oral Presentation Category]
Best Presentation (English): Miyazaki Prefectural Gokase Secondary School
“An Ideal Model of Community Bus Service in Aging Society”
Best Presentation (Japanese): Senri International School of Kwansei Gakuin
“The Feasibility of Japanese NGOs Delivering Medical Care to the Cambodian Underclass: Exploring the Prospects through the Cases of Sunrise Japan Hospital and the Japan Heart NPO”
English Presentation Merit Award: Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School
Japanese Presentation Merit Award: Miyazaki Omiya High School

[Poster Presentation Category]
Top Poster Presentation (English): Chiba Prefectural Sakura Senior High School
Top Poster Presentation (Japanese): Kyoto Municipal Horikawa Senior High School
Poster Presentation Merit Award (English): Hosei University Girls’ High School
Poster Presentation Merit Award (Japanese): Junten Senior High School

[Discussion Category]
Top Prize: Tomonori Tani (Hiroshima Prefectural Hiroshima Junior High School/Senior High School)
Merit Awards: Daishi Kajiyama (Kwansei Gakuin Senior High School) and Minami Sanada (Fujimigaoka High School for Girls)
Special Judging Committee Award: Tomoko Saika (Hiroshima Prefectural Hiroshima Junior High School/Senior High School)

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Spirited exchanges at the student mixer

MEXT’s Super Global High School initiative began in 2014, with the aim of using secondary education to create global leaders who can flourish in international situations. The designated high schools establish what sort of leaders their students should aspire to become, link up with domestic and foreign universities, businesses and institutions that promote internationalization, and teach about social problems and global businesses. Through learning, the students develop an interest in social issues, and acquire internationally-applicable skills such as cultural refinement, communicative proficiency and problem-solving abilities.