I am here at the main campus of Kwansei Gakuin University attending a KG council meeting. The council is made of a small group of trustees and others to serve as a check and balance to the regular board of trustees. Masago sensei and I will be giving a presentation entitled “Two Schools Together: Contributing to a Global Community”. It will focus on how we interact with the wider world with our two school model. Every council meeting, several schools in the KG foundation make a presentation on recent educational trends. There are over 40 members present in addition to the head table of the president, chair, chancellor and other leaders of the foundation. The meeting is conducted in Japanese but director of operations Lewis-san is providing translations and technical support. Most of the members are older male, I am counting only two women present. Besides Lewis-san and me, there are two other foreigners, Chancellor Grubel and KG professor Dr. Wider.
Above is the slide show accompanying our presentation. We featured our expansion of the DP, the Global Futures program, SIS Super Global High School grant, international memberships and then an update on school events, enrollment, etc.
Some of the other items reported at the meeting included the following:
- Kwansei Gakuin Senior High School Principal K talked about their English language trip to Australia, attending a soccer school in Germany and their field work in Cambodia as part of the Super Global High School grant. Here is a link to their English website.
- University news included an agreement with the “US AID” or “Peace Corps” of Japan, JICA, for university students to volunteer in Sri Lanka.
We were served a nice bento lunch and headed back to Senri. The campus was pretty quiet because classes do not start for another couple of weeks. The next council meeting will be December 5.