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International Scholarship Program

The Gifu University Organization for Promotion of Glocalization implements the following programs using donated scholarship funds. We invite donations from faculty and staff as well as students on campus in order to provide financial assistance to privately-financed international students, especially those who are facing financial difficulties. In consideration of increasing number of international students being accepted by Gifu University, we are hoping to strengthen financial support for privately-financed international students as much as possible.

Scholarship for Short-Term Overseas Training This scholarship is provided to Japanese undergraduate students who wish to study overseas for a short term. It is intended to promote opportunities for overseas studies and train Japanese undergraduate students to gain global consciousness and global perspectives.
Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students This scholarship provides financial aid for tuition to privately-financed international students who are facing financial difficulties and show exemplary character and superior grades. This is aimed at increasing the number of international students accepted by Gifu University.
Scholarship for Short term Exchange Students This scholarship is provided to Japanese undergraduate students who study at sister universities as exchange students, with the aim of training the students so that they can gain global consciousness and global perspectives.
Overseas Program for Outstanding Japanese Student This program provides scholarship to Japanese undergraduate students with outstanding grades and character who are dispatched overseas on short-term study abroad programs or other short-term programs. In addition, with the cooperation of sister universities, this program also provides scholarships to students who participate individually in research overseas, international exchange activities, or international volunteer work. The goal is to train outstanding talents who can adapt flexibly to the global community.

UNESCO Associated Schools

Providing support for Gifu Prefecture schools in applying for UNESCO Associated Schools to help increase such schools in Gifu
In 2011, Gifu University became a member of UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASP Univ net ). We have been helping to increase the number of UNESCO Associated Schools in Gifu by partnering with Gifu Prefectural and Municipal boards of education, UNESCO Associations in Gifu Prefecture, and other organizations.

As of December 2013, two schools in Gifu Prefecture are UNESCO Associated Schools. Both schools are engaged in unique activities rooted in the community, while many other schools are engaged in activities leading to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In academic year 2013, Gifu University hosted training sessions for schools in Gifu Prefecture, visited schools that had experience in human rights education, international understanding, etc. and explained to school officials about UNESCO Associated Schools. These activities were aimed at 1) urging these schools to become UNESCO Associated Schools using their unique curricula and traits, 2) helping UNESCO Associated Schools provide the impetus for developing such activities.

Support For UNESCO Associated Schools
"Hosted a training session for UNESCO Associated Schools in Gifu Prefecture in academic year 2013 (August 19, 2013)"
Theme: "Deepening understanding of ESD, and pursuing goals to become a UNESCO Associated School"
Objective: To broaden the horizons of participants regarding implementing ESD, help them develop clear images of ESD, and propose specific measures for becoming a UNESCO Associated School.

Target: Elementary and secondary schools in Gifu Prefecture and other institutions
Lecture 1: "Activities at Yanagawa Elementary School" By Mr. Takeo Ouchi, a teacher at Yanagawa Elementary School (in Koto Ward, Tokyo)
Lecture 2: "The Road to becoming a UNESCO Associated School" By Mr. Kiyoharu Nohara, a teacher at Nagamoriminami Elementary School, a public elementary school in Gifu City
Introduction to Gifu University's ESD activities and on-campus resources (Gifu University student organization "ESD Qualia" and others)
Introduction to activities by UNESCO associations in Gifu Prefecture (Gifu UNESCO Association, Ogaki UNESCO Association)

* Roughly 30 faculty and staff working for elementary schools and junior and senior high schools in Gifu Prefecture attended the event, and listened intently to case studies conducted in other prefectures, which had been requested by the previous year's participants. After the sessions, participants were exchanging information on issues observed in their respective schools. In surveys conducted after the training sessions, most respondents said they deepened their understanding of ESD and UNESCO Associated Schools. Therefore, we believe that we were able to contribute to boosting understanding of UNESCO Associated Schools and ESD through the training sessions.

   Participants listening attentively to
Presentation by student organization
"ESD Qualia"

Future Supports
* Support with application forms: Professors from English Education Course of the Faculty of Education will lead efforts to help schools fill out English-language application forms to become UNESCO Associated Schools, which is often the barrier that prevents Japanese schools from applying.

* Support for ESD activities: Gifu University has many resources that can be used for environmental studies, local studies and international education programs. We will dispatch faculty or international students to schools in Gifu Prefecture, if requested, to support their ESD activities.

Contact:Gifu University Organization for Promotion of Glocalization

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