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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 a leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for all the world’s major automakers, which has 50 billion USD in annual sales.

The program consisted of three parts; 1) Campus Tour, 2) Lunch Talk with Students and 3)  Leadership Lecture led by our Chair of the Board, Ms. Lin Kobayashi. It was primarily aimed at providing unique opportunities for both Denso and our students to learn from each other

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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 (MUN) Club, were very excited as this was something we were planning for and working hard for, especially An with the help of Ayana and our club members. Since October, we we discussed the possibility of having UWC ISAK’s first overnight activity, and for us not to keep MUN just as something exclusive to our community, but to open the experience up beyond our campus.

MUN is not just an academic experience, where we compete

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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 of DeNA, one of Japanese leading online service companies, before going on to launch education technology company Quipper, visited our campus as a guest lecturer in our core leadership course Learning With Others.

As the founder of multiple successful businesses over the past 20 years, Watanabe-san knows first-hand what it takes to be an effective leader and he was happy to share his wisdom and insights with our students.

One area Masa-san

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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 she pays no attention. “And it’s your fault!” She accuses Ricardo, a student from Ecuador, who is holding the map. I am unable to contain my laughter. “We’re not lost,” he assures us just as our friend Aniqa from Pakistan catches up. “Where are we?” She asks. We had just been visiting the Kiryu zoo up on a mountain, and had decided to walk down the other side. Ricardo claimed it was a shortcut

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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 uncertainty and challenge, not when circumstances are smooth-sailing and pleasant.

One of the key aspects of the leadership practice is for each of us to choose to take purposeful actions based on what is important and needed even during uncertainty. For the G10 Project Week, students participated in various challenges to nurture this aspect of the leadership practice. These challenges included: making giant catapults, hiking, jumping off a 10 metre pole, climbing over a 3

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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 most frequently asked by parents is, “What does my child have to do to get into a top university?” It’s a difficult question to answer, partly because there is no single answer, and partly because it’s the wrong question.

2. As a university advisor, the questions I am most frequently asked by administrators and board members are, “How many Ivy League acceptances did we have this year?”, or “How many students got into their top

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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 a time to honor the spirit of one’s ancestors. Celebrated either in mid-July or mid-August (depending on the region of Japan), it is often commemorated with the Bon Odori (Bon Dance). Here at UWC ISAK Japan, our returning students choreographed their own Bon Odori, taking from classic dances and adding a little modern spin to it. For many of our new students, it was a fantastic induction into Japanese culture, as well as a great

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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 busyness of the present, we are also turning an eye toward the future. In the last two weeks, the University Advising office has hosted visits from 13 colleges and universities on campus. These visits are great opportunities for students learn about different kinds of universities from people who know them intimately and ask their questions about the application process. Many of the representatives who visit us are the same people who read the applications and

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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 190-strong. This year, we are delighted to increase our cultural diversity on campus, with a whopping 73 nationalities represented in our student body. Excitingly, for the first time ever, we have students coming from Sweden, Cote d’Ivoire, Argentina, Peru, and a dozen other countries.

For the past two weeks, our students have been immersed in an orientation program that has allowed everyone to settle in, get to know each other, and start to forge important

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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, we would love to introduce you to our Design Thinking curriculum, which is integral to our program here, as it feeds into almost every aspect of what we hope our students will be able to do in the two weeks here.

Design Thinking is a creative problem-solving framework, popularized by well-known organizations including SAP, IDEO and the Stanford d.school. The goal of the framework is to help remain intentional while designing, ensuring that you

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