The International Centre of Jiyu Gakuen

The International Centre of Jiyu Gakuen

The International Centre of Jiyu Gakuen

The International Centre of Jiyu Gakuen

The International Centre of Jiyu Gakuen

The International Centre of Jiyu Gakuen

The International Centre was opened in June 2016 with the vision, “Jiyu Gakuen in the world and the global issues on the campus”. The Centre undertakes the following activities to help educate “students who can share the other people’s diverse sense of value and develop the critical mind on global issues while having their own identity, and make international contributions to the multi-cultural society in which we live together”.

  • Advancement of learning connected to the world and internationalization of the school.
  • Preparation and improvement of the programmes for studying abroad.
  • Receiving students from abroad and care and support of them.
  • Receiving instructors, teaching assistants and visitors from abroad.

Jiyu Gakuen has kept international exchanges for many years and with the institution of the International Centre we will promote them furthermore.

Contents of the activities

Advancement of learning connected to the world and internationalization of the school

We work to promote exchanges with educational institutions and groups overseas and to make use of the exchange opportunities for learning.

1)Holding “Forums for Education of Earth Citizens” in commemoration of the Centenary of Jiyu Gakuen.
They were held five times in the school year of 2016 and three times in 2017 to be continued until the centenary year of 2021.

2)Receiving visitors from abroad and exchanges with them
(the following are what we had in the school year 2017)

Students from Kamehameha School
with host families

*Visit from Kamehameha School in Hawaii, U.S.A.
Nine students and two teachers came to us from 9th to 11th of June, seeing a Kabuki play with our 1st year senior high boys, dancing the hula for our students and spending a happy time with their host families.

Students from Torch Trinity Graduate University
at the College dining hall

*Visit from Torch Trinity Graduate University, Seoul, Korea
A professor and nine students visited us on 29th of June, having lunch and a talk session with our college students.

*Visit from Saint-Martin High School (Le Collège Lycée Saint-Martin), Rennes, France
Ten students and two teachers from France visited us on 23rd of October, having lunch at the Girls’ Department and spending time of exchange activities with our 2nd year senior high girls.


Students from Ranum Efterskole
writing Japanese Calligraphy

*Visit from Ranum Efterskole, Denmark
Twenty-eight students and three teachers visited us on 23rd of January 2018 to have exchange activities with our 2nd year senior high girls, having lunch together and spent the afternoon enjoying Japanese traditional games such as Fukuwarai, Mamemaki and Japanese calligraphy and afternoon tea.

Preparation and Improvement of the Programmes for Studying Abroad

1) Exchanges with schools abroad
We promote the exchange programmes with the schools overseas and support the foreign and Japanese students from abroad by arranging Japanese tutorials for them, etc..

Schools we have exchange programmes with


Four students from Finland making a presentation
on Finnish geography in 2nd year senior high class

*Alajarvi and Vimpeli High Schools in Finland (from 2014)

Senior high school students of Girls’ and Boys’ Departments participate in this Programme. Three students of the Girls’ Department visited Finland for two weeks during the spring vacation in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Two senior high boys and two senior high girls visited Vimpeli and Alajarvi from 17th to 30th of August 2017. Four students from Vimpeli and Alajarvi came to Jiyu Gakuen from 10th to 19th of May 2017 to have exchange activities with our students.

 

The Masters School students with their
host families at the farewell tea party

*The Masters School, New York, U.S.A.

Four students of the Girls’ Department and the Boys’ Department visited The Masters School from 26th of March to 7th of April 2017 to study there. They visited Bronx Collaborative High School (a public school in New York city) and enjoyed the exchange activities with the students there who were learning Japanese. Twelve students and two teachers from The Masters School came to Jiyu Gakuen to spend their time with our students from 25th to 27th of June 2017. Eight boys stayed at our boys’ dormitory and enjoyed its unique dormitory life.

 

*Winchester College (one of the oldest Public Schools in England)

Two second year senior high boys studied for three weeks in 2015 and 2016. Due to there being no vacancy in their boarding houses, we couldn’t send our boys in 2017.

 

*Gymnastikhøjskolen i Ollerup in Denmark

From 2016 a full scholarship came to be offered by the school, and a recipient in our College began her studies in August 2016, two students shared the scholarship in 2017, and one student is to study there on the scholarship for the autumn semester of 2018.

 

*Pomeranian University in Słupsk, Poland

We made an agreement of exchange activities with Pomeranian University in December 2016. One student studied there from 26th of November to 17th of December 2016, six students and one professor visited the university on the study trip to Poland from 3rd to 15th of June 2017, and one student studied there from 5th to 20th of January 2018.
Eleven students and professors at the Institute of Music of Pomeranian University came to Jiyu Gakuen for two weeks from 31st of October to 14th of November 2017 to have exchange activities with their music performances.

  • Polish and Jiyu Gakuen students at a rehearsal
    for the Polish Music Concert

  • Students and teachers from Poland
    with kindergarten children

2) Study tour abroad

Welcome reception at FLOW orphanage

*Cambodia Study Tour

Seventeen senior high students of the Boys’ Department visited Cambodia in late March to early April of 2016 to have exchange programmes with the children and students of the local orphanage and school, visiting a farm started by a Japanese and doing some sight-seeing. Eighteen students participated in the study tour in 2017.


*Denmark Study Tour

Twenty-five students, parents and teachers visited Denmark from 16th to 28th of August 2017, visiting a high school in Copenhagen, Egmont Højskolen, Aero Island-famous for its wind-power generation, Odense-the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, a dairy farm, etc. They mostly stayed at Gymnastikhøjskolen i Ollerup, making study trips from there. The tour was originally started voluntarily in 2011.

  • Having a lesson together with the students
    of a high school at Copenhagen

  • Guided tour of the school
    at Gymnastikhøjskolen i Ollerup

Receiving students from abroad and care and support of them

We support the foreign and Japanese students from abroad by arranging Japanese tutorials for them etc. in cooperation with the teachers in the Girls’ and Boys’ Department.

*The countries from where we have received foreign students
 Nepal, Ghana, China, Taiwan, South Korea
*The countries from where we have received Japanese students
 China, South Korea, Singapore, the United States of America, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany

Receiving instructors, teaching assistants and visitors from abroad

1) Receiving English teaching assistants
We started to receive the graduates of the English public schools as teaching assistants in 1993. Since then, thirty-one of them have come. In 2017, we have one male and one female assistants for the first term. They help English teachers with the lessons from Shotobu (primary school) to College and they give free discussion time after school for those interested in speaking English. They spend their time with the students over lunch and in the college dormitories.

2) Receiving gymnastics instructors from Denmark
We started to receive the graduates of Gymnastikhøjskolen i Ollerup (Ollerup Academy of Physical Education) in 2003. Every year one male and one female instructors come to Jiyu Gakuen from September to December to take charge of some programmes of our Gymnastic Festival held in October and give ordinary gymnastics lessons.

3) Receiving a visit from Switzerland
Ms Marine Tadié, an entrepreneur hoping to start a school in Switzerland, and her photographer Mr. Anthony Tâche visited us on their world tour on 30th of July and spent their time, talking with our President Takahashi over lunch and having an interview with a few students who were on duty at school during the summer vacation. Mr. Takahashi put on his comments in ‘President’ s Blog No. 31’ on the school home page.

4) Receiving a visit from America
The headmaster of Millennium School, Mr. Chris Balme visited us on 25th of October to share his educational ideas with President Takahashi, as he started his middle school in 2016.

Contact information

International Centre of Jiyu Gakuen
Phone:042-422-3111 ext. 476
E-mail:i-centre@jiyu.ac.jp