Outline of Super Global High School Program
About Ochanomizu University Senior High School SGH Program
Developing Women's Potential Worldwide
Ochanomizu University Senior High School emphasizes independent studies, pursuing research, and participation in exchange programs with overseas high schools as a way to fortify our liberal arts education. As a result of this educational foundation, many of our graduates are successfully working and thriving in global spheres. We approach international issues in qualitative ways that cultivate our students' knowledge, interest, and awareness. Our curriculum and our teachers emphasize exploratory and self-motivated study methods so that our students can discover their value as global citizens who can contribute to the peace and welfare of their global community.
Introduction to SGH’s curriculum
Project Study（Compulsory Subjects）
Over the three-year period, all the school’s students study various global challenges, thus educating them to be women who will contribute to a sustainable society as global human resources.
“Global Geography”（【Subject：Geography and History】For First-Year Students）
The students broadly learn about global social challenges such as the world’s environment, resources and energy, disasters, lifestyles and cultures, population, and gender, which creates a base for the research activities they will embark on as second- and third-year students.
“Studies in Sustainable SocietyI”（【Subject：The Period for Integrated Studies】For Second-Year Students）
Based on the interests and concerns they have fostered as first-year students, each student establishes a research topic in line with the theme of “Studies in Sustainable Society.” They are split into three categories – “Life and the Environment,” “Economy and Human Rights,” and “Culture and Expression” – in order to carry out research activities. As a result of undertaking their research activities cooperatively, including through lectures and practical training from specialists, as well as fieldwork inside and outside Japan, the students acquire the ability to identify and resolve challenges from a broad perspective.
Category1:“Life and the Environment”
Economic Development and the Environment
The students learn that under current circumstances the intensification of economic activity on a global scale is placing a major burden on the environment, and they explore solutions to that. In the course of doing so, they consider approaches to sustainable development and carry out research activities. They also undertake presentation activities via web-based competitions for high-school students and other avenues.
Life, Health and Medical Care
The students take a multilateral look at various social issues relating to human life and health, spanning a narrow perspective at an individual level, such as sickness and diet, through to a larger perspective that incorporates medical care, public health, international cooperation and other factors. They learn about the current state of and background to these issues while undertaking their research activities.
Category2:“Economy and Human Rights”
International Cooperation and Gender Issues
The students gain an understanding of the general concept of and historical background to gender (socially- and culturally-created gender differences), consider international society from a gender perspective, and carry out their research activities while learning about the importance of international cooperation such as support for girls’ education in developing countries.
International Relations and Resolution
The students examine the background to challenges in the modern world that transcend national borders such as poverty, peace, human rights, and the environment, based on an international relations perspective. They carry out their research activities while studying negotiation- and investment-based methods for resolving these challenges, through the use of mock negotiations and simulated investment.
Category3:“Culture and Expression”
Information Technology and Creativity
The students utilize information technology such as programming, as well as thinking methods such as brainstorming and design thinking, and carry out research activities while learning a sequential process that begins with identifying challenges and continues onto devising measures for resolving them.
The Globalization of Music
In light of the fact that rapid globalization has given rise to the sharing of cultures around the world and the standardization of unique cultures, the students undertake their research activities while learning how music as a culture will be conveyed in the future and what the necessity is for preserving unique music.
Art and Expression (non-verbal communication)
The students touch on the diversity of visual information transfer and expression in everyday spaces, and conduct their research activities while creating visual presentation products as a way of studying approaches to global information transmission that utilize color and shape literacy, and are not reliant on language.
“Studies in Sustainable Society II”（【Subject：The Period for Integrated Studies】For Third-Year Students）
The students learn from each other by undertaking group work on the research topics they have been engaged in up to their second year, and, in doing so, deepen their knowledge from a more multilateral perspective. They also engage in debates and give presentations in English, and compile an English language newspaper as the culmination of their three years of research. Through these activities, the students extend their capacity for resolving challenges independently and cooperatively, and furthermore enhance their ability to communicate, as well as their logical and critical thinking skills.
Overseas Study (For Second-Year Students who Express Interest)
The school provides overseas study with the goal of broadening the students’ perspectives and fostering their capacity for undertaking more multifaceted research on global challenges. They participate in discussions and other activities in English with the students of Taipei First Girls High School, based on research into predefined themes.
Liberal Arts Education
By studying a large number of subjects in a curriculum that covers a broad range of compulsory subjects within an educational environment established through the utilization of university resources, the students acquire basic academic skills and a broad education, creating a foundation for them as women who will be global human resources. Additionally, thanks to lecture meetings such as a “Global Course” and extra-curricular activities such as the student council, the students develop an interest in various social challenges, the desire to address them, and the independent attitude that women who are global human resources require.
Cooperation with Ochanomizu University
The school shares its campus with Ochanomizu University, and students are able to utilize the university’s programs, and educational and research resources on a daily basis.
- Attending university lecture
- Special classes taught by university professor
- Utilization of the university library
- Utilization of a foreign language e-learning system and a global studies corner
- Support from overseas students and student tutor
- Participation in the university’s summer program
- Support for sitting foreign language proficiency test
Cooperation with Organizations and Companies outside the School
The school strives to collaborate closely with international NGOs, global companies, overseas educational institutions, and other entities in order to more effectively implement programs needed to cultivate global women leaders.
- Day-to-day experience of different cultures as a result of accepting exchange students from overseas and other program
- Collaborative classes with international NGOs and global companie
- A “Global Course” taught by specialists and graduate
- Exchanges with educational research institutions oversea
- A “traditional culture appreciation class” so students gain an understanding of their own country’s culture