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Honoring the Class of 2023 as a Film Pitch

A speech written and delivered on May 21, 2023, at the UWC ISAK Japan Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony by UWC ISAK Japan Theatre and Film teacher Matthew Christensen.
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Our Innovative Blended House System

Blending Boundaries through a Unique Blended House System One of the unique aspects of UWC ISAK Japan is our innovative housing system. Unlike traditional international
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ユナイテッド・ワールド・カレッジISAKジャパン校長 マルコム マッケンジーの2023卒業式のスピーチ
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For Peace and Gender Equality in South Sudan

Empowering South Sudan: Obede’s Journey to Promote Peace and Equality In 2021, Obede (19′) returned to South Sudan, years after his family fled the war-torn
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How Art at UWC ISAK Nurtures Creative Minds

The Arts Flourish at UWC ISAK Japan UWC ISAK Japan is known not only for its diverse community and academic excellence but also for its
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Changemaking with Manaha – Part III

In our previous posts about Manaha (Japan / Class of 2025), we explored her projects on Hiroshima (Part I) and her efforts to reduce food waste
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Changemaking with Manaha – Part II

This blog post is the second part of a series about the leadership projects of our Grade 10 student Manaha (Japan), focusing on her project
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Changemaking with Manaha – Part I

This blog post is the first part of a series about the leadership projects of our Grade 10 student Manaha (Japan), focusing on her project
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Introducing our Incoming Head of School – Arden Tyoschin

UWC ISAK Japan welcomes Arden Tyoschin as the new Head of School, starting in summer 2024. With an impressive global background and a passion for student-focused leadership, Arden and her husband Andrei join the community to shape a bright future for UWC ISAK Japan.
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Grade 10 Leadership Program Reinvented

Unleashing Potential: The Reinvented Leadership Program at UWC ISAK Japan At the heart of UWC ISAK Japan lies the school’s motto:     One Life.
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Transforming Education for Foreign Students in Japan

Sayaka and Midori, both exposed to education outside and inside Japan, are striving to transform education for foreign students in Japan. A Vision That Ignites
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Empowering Leadership Skills at Spring 2023 Project Week

Empowering Leadership Skills and Global Impact at Spring 2023 Project Week Spring 2023 Project Week at UWC ISAK Japan was a transformative experience for our
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What can we learn from Kurt Hahn in 2023?

Dive into the teachings of Kurt Hahn, founder of the UWC movement, as our Head of School, Malcolm McKenzie, shares insights from Hahn's writings and the lasting impact on UWC ISAK Japan's educational approach. Discover Hahn's ideals and how they foster curiosity, compassion, and community in our students.
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Students Discover Richness of Japanese Traditions in Spring Project Week

During Spring Project Week 2023 at UWC ISAK Japan, Grade 11 students immersed themselves in traditional Japanese handicrafts, exploring the intricacies of joinery, indigo dyeing, and pottery. These student-led CAS projects deepened their appreciation for the skill and cultural significance behind each craft, while fostering personal growth and connection to Japan's rich cultural heritage.
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A Gap Year with Purpose

Living Abroad with Purpose: Marie’s Year of Service Marie had just graduated from high school and was looking forward to attending St. John’s College, her
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Junita’s journey: Empowering Women in Liberia

Empowerment through Education and Leadership Amidst the chaos of a country plagued by teenage pregnancy, drugs, and risky behaviors among its youth, one young woman
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Mayuki –for diversity and passion in Japanese education

Leading the Way in Education: Mayuki’s Inspiring Journey Meet Mayuki, an inspiring alum from Nagaoka, Japan, who is leading the charge in revolutionizing education for
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A story of community to mark UWC’s 60th year

One-of-a-kind education produces one-of-a-kind solutions This year marks the UWC movement’s 60th anniversary and presents us with an opportunity to reflect on the unique qualities of the
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A Culture of Forgiveness

A letter from Head of School Malcolm McKenzie to the UWC ISAK Japan Community on a culture of forgiveness. December, 2022. I am pleased to
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A Day in the Life of a UWC ISAK Japan student

Written by Emilė (Lithuania / Class of 2024) from our school newspaper ISAK Insider. Pictures by Bernard (Hong Kong / Class of 2024) and Federico
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Denzel (Zimbabwe) published his first novel!

A story from Zimbabwe In December 2021, Denzel (Zimbabwe / Class of 2019) self-published his first novel, Shame and Anger (left picture in the hands
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Ainu, diversity and indigenous cultures in Japan

From November 17 to 19, UWC ISAK Japan Grade 10 students received a special visit from an Ainu family. It deepened their understanding of cultural diversity and indigenous cultures in Japan. Ainu representatives led workshops about their language, art, and textile motifs.
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UWC ISAK Japan紹介ブログ最終回は、寮生活・アクティビティについてです。今回もQ&A形式で、ISAKの寮生活や部活動、イベントなどについて紹介していきたいと思います!
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UWC ISAKの学習カリキュラムや授業をご紹介します

こんにちは。リードアンバサダーの万葉です。UWC ISAK Japan紹介ブログ第2回目は学業についてです。今回もQ&A形式で、ISAKの学習カリキュラムや授業について紹介していきたいと思います!
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Thai Alumni Launch Game for Waste SDGs

A talented team comprised primarily of Thai UWC ISAK Japan alumni Thailand won a Thai SDG Game Fest award for their multi-player video game educating
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UWC ISAK Japanでの日々の生活をご紹介します

UWC ISAK Japanの概要、寮生活や授業の様子、クラブ活動についてなど、在校生が日々どのような生活を送っているのかをご紹介します。
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High School in a Forest

In late August 2022, Kai (Japan / Class of 2021) returned to the UWC ISAK Japan campus. He met with some of his former teachers,
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How education changed a life, from Zambia to Japan

Expanding horizons through education “Education at UWC ISAK Japan opened up my world,” recalls Cararise (Zambia / Class of 2021). Now studying Economics and Political
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Fostering curiosity and leadership through education

A grateful employer UWC ISAK Japan is still a young school, with our first class graduating in 2017. As such, all our alums are at
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An Unexpected Journey: One New Zealander’s Adventure from Karuizawa to Princeton

A Three-Year Pursuit of Passion Meet Simon (Class of 2022 / New Zealand). His portrait in the recently published high school yearbook is faithful to
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Mafer (Venezuela / Class of 2019) at her UWC ISAK Japan Graduation Ceremony

Reconnecting to her roots: An alumni story of giving back

Meet Mafer, UWC ISAK Japan alum from Venezuela Over the years, we’ve observed that everything is more accessible and inclusive whenever Mafer is involved (Venezuela
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How ISAKx helped a young Ukrainian embark on her UWC journey

UWC experience from a war-torn country Every Sunday (except one!) over the 2020-21 academic year, Khrystyna logged in at 9 AM Ukrainian time for her
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UWC ISAK Japan Nippon Foundation scholars in Fukui prefecture

Alumni thank Nippon Foundation for life in Japan

A one-of-its-kind scholarship   The Nippon Foundation-ISAK Scholarship (日本財団-ISAK奨学金事業) has started when our first batch of students graduated from UWC ISAK Japan in 2017. (Since
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UWC ISAK international G10s

Lessons about intentional diversity in the Covid-19 era

Japanese borders restrictions in the Covid-era Japan adopted one of the strictest borders restrictions in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, our students
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Project Kamaishi and Atlantic Pacific team member at Kamaishi local High School


ソ修凜(日本 / Class of 2020) が私たちに最初に伝えたことの一つが、人前でのスピーチが苦手であるということでした。それでも、ユナイテッド・ワールド・カレッジISAKジャパンを2020年に卒業後すぐ、彼女はAtlantic Pacific(アトランティック・パシフィック)のサマースクールで、200人以上の学生に海の安全、防災、海洋プラスチック汚染について、英語と日本語での授業をコーディネートし、実際に教えました。
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After the Great East Japan Earthquake: bringing back to Kamaishi

Teaching sea safety and preservation One of the first things Lin (Japan / Class of 2020) told us was that she was not good at
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Ata inaugurates Safura School land in Afghanistan near Kabul

Alum gives back to his community in Afghanistan

Fostering a better education in Afghanistan In February 2020, Ataullah, aka Ata (Afghanistan / Class of 2017) and his local community celebrated the purchase of
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UWC ISAK Japan students umping in the air with local farmer and his vegetables to celebrate their CAS project

How students won the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2022

Manami (Japan / Class of 2022) and Mari (France-Portugal) were action-takers before entering UWC ISAK Japan. When they arrived on campus, they had already gained
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2022年1月、UWCの取り組みが、Alfred Bjørlo氏によりノーベル平和賞にノミネートされました。世界で最も広く知られているこの平和賞は多くの場合、紛争の終結に向けた協議の調停人のように、人類の苦しみに終止符を打つことに貢献した個人に対して授与されます。
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How Juan became a Rise Global Winner

A life-changing news Sometime in the 2020-2021 Academic year winter, Juan (Colombia / Class of 2022) learned about a new scholarship thanks to an email
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Zayed Sustainability Prize winners UWC ISAK Japan

UWC ISAK Japan students win the 2022 Zayed Sustainability prize!

Written by Marian for ISAK Insider (Thailand / Class of 2023). $100,000 prize in the Global High School category for East Asia and the Pacific
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space engineer alumna at UWC ISAK Japan class of 2017 graduation ceremony

UWC ISAK Japan alum on his way to space

Space is where you shine When Yasu (Japan-Taiwan / Class of 2017) heard the phrase “space is where you shine (宇宙は君たちの活躍するところ in Japanese)” something clicked.
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Alumni launch Tajikistan’s first English Summer School

For most of our graduates, their well-earned summer break begins the moment the graduation ceremony ends. But for two of our 2021 graduates, it was
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Eco team finalists for huge prize

Written by Pema (Bhutan / Class of 2022) The school’s environmental club has been shortlisted for the Zayed Sustainability Prize, an annual $600,000 award that
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Dramathon sees plays written and staged in 24 hours

Written by Pema (Bhutan / Class of 2022) You want drama? Writers Aditi, Lara, Mantaro and Pema produced a fully formed piece of theatre in
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International diplomacy earns students the Changemaker award

A special effort in international diplomacy earned three UWC ISAK Japan students a Changemaker Award for their work to promote constructive dialogue between the youth
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How Bikes & Castles Made a Teacher into a Creator

James Earwood moved with his family to Japan in 2017 to join the UWC ISAK family. Inspired by a budding interest in Japanese historical sites
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Winter School students gather at Honda Field with Mt. Asama in the background

How Winter School Delivered the Warmth of Summer

Winter School finally happened, and it exceeded all expectations! In late December, UWC ISAK Japan held its first-ever Winter School. Initiated in response to the
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教育の多様性 – 今の私にできること

皆さんこんにちは! ユナイテッド・ワールド・カレッジISAKジャパンの渡邊眞雪(高校3年生/G12年生)です。
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Pakistani boy With mustache wearing a traditional japanese yukata and smiling during a summer festival or natsu matsuri

Surprise Summer Festival

Community Holds Surprise Summer Festival No summer in Japan would be complete without a festival (“Natsu Matsuri” in Japanese). But in a post-pandemic world, sacrifices
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まず初めに、「UWC ISAK 生活日記」をご覧になったことがない方に、簡単に説明させていただきます。「UWC ISAK 生活日記」は、本校の日本人生徒によって運営されている非公式ブログです。UWC ISAKについて、授業・寮生活・部活動・アウトドアなどの視点から、幅広くカバーしています。
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Covid-19 Strengthened My Character: Lhamo, a nepali girl with glasses, Poses in a blue Yukata holding a fan with her name written in both roman characters and kanji on it. Her name means orchid and peach in Japanese. The background is an overexposed window which only highlights Lhamo more

Covid-19 Has Strengthened My Character

Written by Lhamo (Class of 2020 / Nepal) In December 2019, amid my second year as an IB student at UWC ISAK Japan, news of
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Drone Delivered Redemption

Written by Gabriel (Class of 2020 / Philippines) I glared at the dust and debris that encircled its edges while pondering how best to start
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Dr. Mandy Finds a New Formula for Success

Dr. Mandy Heddle (or “Dr. Mandy,” as she is affectionately referred to on campus) is an optimist. She certainly recognizes the global pandemic for what
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How a Digital Native Does Remote Teaching

Adam Atkin has a background in mechanical engineering and mathematics and joined UWC ISAK Japan after a successful period at UWC Mostar in Bosnia and
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The Fab Lab: Building a Maker Culture on Campus

Before our new students arrive on campus each August and even before the return of current faculty, our school is buzzing with activity as we
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Our Wonderful Winter Work Program Story

Written by Gianluca (Class of 2020 / Argentina) Each December, many students at UWC ISAK Japan go back home to rest and spend time with
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My Internship in the Center of Tokyo Finance

Written by Hasan (Class of 2021 / Libya) I am one of the students that chose to stay in Japan over winter break. As part
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Finding a Way With Waste: Student Project Innovates by Upcycling

Written by Shota (Japan / Class of 2020) Each year, over 620,000 tons of food is wasted in Japan; enough to feed almost a million
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UWCISAK Japan Students Win Startup Weekend

Earlier this Spring, two of our intrepid students, Yuina and Yuka (both Class of 2021, Japan), decided to take part in a startup challenge organized
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Interfaith Festival: Silence (静けさ)

“Silence is the necessary soil for any thought to flourish” – Stephen Hough This Spring, UWC ISAK Japan’s Interfaith Dialogue Group held its annual festival. By
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A Project Comes to Fruition: The Story Behind Our New Forest

Written by Yutaro (Class of 2019, Japan) On 6th of March during the community assembly, we welcomed government officials from Forestry Agency, Ministry of Agriculture,
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Denso Leadership Program with UWC ISAK Japan

In the mid week of February, our school welcomed 16 young leaders from Denso to our campus to collaborate on Denso Leadership Program. DENSO is
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Transformational Leadership Comes in Many Sizes

Written by Abdullah (Class of 2019, Oman) The idea of student leadership is emphasized in UWC ISAK Japan, and so we, students, get to lead
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The Right Stuff

UWC ISAK Japan is blessed with the most eclectic and inspiring collection of students in the world (in our humble opinion). Recently, one of our
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The Importance of Perspective in Leadership

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their
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New leaders poised to keep SNOW rolling

Written by Denzel (Class of 2019, Zimbabwe) As outlined in a previous blog post, SNOW is UWC ISAK Japan’s reformed Student Union. It stands for Seito NO Wa and
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Learning Leadership Through Writing

Miori loves writing. But while writing for an audience may seem like the obvious motivation for a writer, Miori (Class of 2020, Japan) has always
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A Grateful Community

School assemblies are a great opportunity for us all to spend some time together as a full school community to discuss important events and initiatives,
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Winter Work Program

During winter break, many of our students use the time to travel or return home. This year a number of students made a different choice—stay
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Interfaith Trip: Footprints of Infinite in Tokyo (Part 2)

Before we jump in, note that this is a two-part story so be sure to check out Part 1 here. Previously, we looked at some
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Campus Opens for Model UN Conference

Written by Poum (Class of 2020, Thailand) On January the 18th, 2019, we welcomed 13 students from different schools. We, as the Model United Nations
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Internet Legend Speaks at UWC ISAK

In late December, our Grade 10 students welcomed a Japanese Internet legend into their classroom. Masayuki “Masa” Watanabe, who built his name as a co-founder
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