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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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当校におけるリーダーシップ教育とは

生涯にわたるリーダーシップを学ぶことで、生徒達は社会にポジティブな変革をもたらすために必要なスキルを習得します。
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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

東日本大震災のその後:釜石のためにできること

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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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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UWCの取り組みが、ノーベル平和賞候補に

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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日本人生徒による非公式ブログのご紹介

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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Expanding our Professional Network

One Life Realize Your Potential Be a Catalyst for Positive Change What do you hope to do with the one life you have to live?
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Interfaith Trip: Footprints of Infinite in Tokyo (Part 1)

In late 2018, the Interfaith Programme embarked on a trip of discovery to Tokyo. It was the first such trip for the Programme, which was
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Alumni Feature: PanPan ‘17

With the beginning of the new year, in this edition of the Alumni Newsletter, we present you PanPan (Class of 2017, Thailand), interviewed by AJ
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Commemorating International Human Rights Day

Written by Brunella (Class of 2020, Peru) and Valentina (Class of 2020, Colombia) On Monday 10 December, UWC ISAK commemorated International Human Rights Day. Members
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Kiryu Excursion

Written by Lucy (Class of 2020, Canada) “I knew we were lost!” Marah, my roommate from Libya, wails worriedly. I pat her shoulder consolingly, but
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What We Learned About Leading by Building “The Dome”

Getting Started At USC ISAK Japan, leadership is a central concept. We endeavor to weave a thread of leadership into all of our programs, but
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New Faces Feature: Marie (Class of 2020, France)

Reporting live from a laundry room at UWC ISAK Japan, Marie (Class of 2020, France) and Apoorba (Class of 2018, India) had a great chat
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Alumni Feature: Nora (Class of 2018, Myanmar)

In this issue of the UWC ISAK Japan newsletter, Dilrabo (Class of 2017, Tajikistan) interviewed alum Nora (Class of 2018, Myanmar). Nora is now in
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External Mentors Guide Leadership Projects

At Grade 11, all our students embark on human-centered, collaborative, and action-based leadership projects as part of the CAS component of the IB Diploma. All
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House Bonding Over BBQ!

Written by Abdullah (Class of 2019, Oman) One of the main aims of the residential program here at UWC ISAK Japan is to create long
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Culture, Awareness, Peace and Interaction (CAPI)

Written by Ayana (Class of 2019, Japan) on behalf of CAPI CAPI is a core activity club that was initiated by a student two years
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Debating Perspectives At IIMUN

Written by Poum (Class of 2020, Thailand)  On Friday, November 16th, we set foot on an adventure in Tokyo! A group of 7 students from
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Grade 10 Project Week

Written by Izumi Tsurumi Ms. Tsurumi coordinates the Leadership program at UWC ISAK Japan. She also teaches IB Biology. Leadership is required in times of
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15 Thoughts about University, Magic Tricks and Finding the Best Fit

Written by Damien Pitter Mr. Pitter is a University Advisor at UWC ISAK Japan. 1. As a university advisor, one of the questions I am
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New Faces Feature: Brunella (Class of 2020, Peru)

Written by Alina (Class of 2018, Singapore) For our second New Faces feature, we are excited to present Brunella (Class of 2020, Peru)! Prior to attending
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Alumni Feature: Apoorba (Class of 2018, India)

Written by Himanshu (Class of 2017, Nepal) We recently had a chat with Apoorba (Class of 2018, India). After spending the summer post-graduation travelling around Singapore,
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New Student Group, SNOW, Is Starting

Written by Ayana (Class of 2019, Japan) A group of students has taken over what used to be known as Student Union, and is rebooting
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The Start of University Application Season

Written by Damien Pitter Mr. Pitter is a University Advisor at UWC ISAK Japan. October marks the beginning of university application season in earnest. It
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New Faces Feature: Lucy (Class of 2020, Canada)

Written by Selin (Class of 2017, Turkey) In our continued efforts to keep our alumni involved and engaged with our community, we have the New
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New Vertical Advisory System Implemented

Written by Raffaela Corrias Ms. Corrias coordinates the Advisory and Interfaith programs at UWC ISAK Japan. Every Thursday, a group of seven to eight students
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Alumni Interview: Alina (Class of 2018, Singapore)

Despite being a recent UWC ISAK Japan grad and set to embark on a new academic challenge at King’s College London, Alina (Class of 2018,
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Empowering Changemakers in English Lessons

Written by Jonathan Osorio Mr. Osorio teaches English at UWC ISAK Japan. The glossed over blank stare. As a teacher, my greatest nightmare is the
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Teaching Leadership Through Dominos

Written by Izumi Tsurumi Ms. Tsurumi coordinates the Leadership program at UWC ISAK Japan. “Noooooooooo!!” was a cry we heard from different areas on campus,
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New House Mentor System Introduced

Written by Laura Earwood Ms. Earwood is the residential programme coordinator at UWC ISAK Japan. She also teaches Theory of Knowledge. This year we implemented
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Obon Celebrations!

To wrap up our Orientation program, we organized an Obon celebration! Obon, or Bon Festival, is one of the major holidays in Japan and is
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University Advising And The Year Ahead

Written by the University Advising Department Bags are unpacked, classes have started and activities have been joined. But as UWC ISAK Japan settles into the
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Catching Up With Alumni: Selin (Class of 2017, Turkey)

Written by Himanshu (Class of 2017, Nepal) and Yuna (Class of 2017, Japan) We recently caught up with Selin (Class of 2017, Turkey) to see how
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Welcome To A New Year!

A new school year has officially begun! We are so excited to welcome new students from all over the world to form a student body
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Summer School Update: Design Thinking

Our Students are getting more and more immersed in the Summer School program after the first few days of fun and excitement! In this post,
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Summer School Update: Mindful Leadership by Design

It has been a few days since Summer School 2018 kicked off with the arrival of bright and enthusiastic students from all over the world!
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Interview with Class of 2018: Vichearith (Vichy)

During Graduation Day on May 27th, Vichy (Class of 2018, Cambodia), took the time to sit down with Nikkei Business Online—one of Japan’s most influential
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