International Educational Exchange

The BOE promotes international educational exchange of public schools in Tokyo includes sister-school exchange between public high schools in Tokyo and foreign schools, invitation of foreign students to public high schools in Tokyo, and education for Olympic and Paralympic games in all public schools located in Tokyo.

Promotion of international exchange in public high schools

The BOE promotes international exchange between public high schools in Tokyo and schools overseas to enhance and enrich the international mindset of students. International exchange includes sister-school activities, invitation of foreign students to public high schools in Tokyo, and education for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Sister-school activities and invitation of foreign students have been conducted as unique projects of some public high schools in Tokyo.The BOE has started to support the promotion of sister-schools since 2015 and invitation of foreign students to public high schools in Tokyo since 2016.

To facilitate the above international exchange activities, the BOE promotes partnerships with public educational organizations of foreign countries, aiming for being a liaison between public high schools in Tokyo and overseas.

Sister-schools partnership agreements

Examples of exchanges through sister-school partnership agreements

Various methods, such as exchange through sister-school partnership agreement; short-term visit and stay in sister-schools, communication using internet and postal mail, cooperate-learning under the same theme using internet, and so on are used.

Here is introduction of some activities of some schools.

Promote International Exchange at Tokyo Metropolitan High Schools

One day/half day interactions with overseas schools

In addition to initiatives by the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, the Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government also provides 1-day and half-day opportunities for high school students to interact with foreign high school students.

See more details about supporting school visits for educational trips below: http://www.gotokyo.org/en/education/index.html

Invitation of foreign students to the public high schools in Tokyo

BOE are expanding acceptance of foreign students so that more and more public high school students can communicate with foreign students at their own schools.

Partnerships with educational organization of overseas

Agreement of Memorandum of Understanding with British Columbia Ministry of Education, Canada, FY2015

On September 15th, 2015, the BOE signed a Memorandum of Understanding about education with the British Columbia Ministry of Education, Canada. This was the first time that the BOE signed an agreement with a foreign educational organization.

Based on this MOU, the BOE has added schools and universities in British Columbia as possible study abroad destinations for Japanese teachers of English and students.

The BOE builds relationships and exchanges dialogues actively with educational organizations overseas and supports international exchange of public schools in Tokyo with overseas.

Partnerships with educational organization of overseas 1

Agreement of Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education of the State of New South Wales, Australia, FY2016

On October 6th, 2016, the Tokyo BOE signed the Memorandum of Understanding about education between Tokyo BOE and the Department of Education of the State of New South Wales, Australia.

Tokyo BOE and NSW have been developing friendly relations including, which has included through professional development programs for Japanese teachers.

In May 2015, Tokyo Metropolitan Government signed an agreement with NSW on Exchange and Cooperation.

1.Objective

Aims to promote various initiatives including international exchange for development of global human resources

2.The Other Party

The Department of Education of the State of New South Wales, Australia

3.Areas of Cooperation

・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange

Partnerships with educational organization of overseas 2

Agreement of Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education and Training of the State of Queensland, Australia, FY2016

On November 17th, 2016, the BOE signed a Memorandum of Understanding about education with the Department of Education and Training of the State of Queensland, Australia.

We have been developing good relationships with the State of Queensland through the overseas language training program for foreign language teachers.

1.Objective

Aims to promote various initiatives including international exchange for development of global human resources

2.The Other Party

The Department of Education and Training of the State of Queensland, Australia

3.Areas of Cooperation

・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange

Partnerships with educational organization of overseas 3

ARRANGEMENTON EDUCATION COOPERATION Between TOKYO METROPOLITAN BOARD OF EDUCATION, JAPAN And EDUCATION NEW ZEALAND, 2017

On February 16th, 2017, the BOE signed a Memorandum of Understanding about education with Education New Zealand.

1.Objective

Aims to promote various initiatives including international exchange for development of global human resources

2.The Other Party

Education New Zealand

3.Areas of Cooperation

・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange

EDUCATION NEW ZEALAND

Memorandums of Understanding with Overseas Educational Organizations

City/States The Other Party Date
Signed
Areas of Cooperation
British Columbia
(Canada)
The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education of the Province of British Columbia of Canada September 15,
2015
・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange
The State of New South Wales
(Australia)
The Department of Education of the State of New South Wales, Australia October 6, 2016 ・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange
The State of Queensland
(Australia)
The Department of Education and Training of the State of Queensland, Australia November 17,
2016
・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange
Taipei City
(Taiwan)
The Department of Education, Taipei City Government December 19,
2016
・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange
Kaohsiung City
(Taiwan)
The Education Bureau,Kaohsiung City Government December 20,
2016
・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange
New Zealand
(Taiwan)
Education New Zealand February 16,
2017
・School relationships
・Student and teacher mobility
・Information exchange

Agreement of Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education and Training of the State of Queensland, Australia, FY2016

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Program for the Development of Next-Generation Leaders

Since the 2012 fiscal year, we at the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education have implemented the "Program for the Development of Next-Generation Leaders," a study abroad support program aimed at 200 students at municipal senior high schools, junior high schools and six-year secondary schools (150 students in 2012). Please refer to program-related web pages for detailed description of operation.

Program for the Development of Next-Generation Leaders
http://www.tokyo-jisedai.com

World Friend Project

There are many countries in the world. Through leaning about the various peoples, languages, cultures and histories of those countries, this initiative strives not only simply to extend knowledge, but teaches the diversity of the world and fosters understanding of how important it is to respect an array of value systems.

To be specific, in consideration of balance among the five continents, the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education will take five countries that are scheduled to participate and present them as a single group in a chart by country to municipal boards of education and metropolitan schools. Each school will take this knowledge, study in-depth about countries scheduled to participate in the event, and engage in activities to deepen cultural exchange as much as possible.

On this occasion, regions and schools will deploy training that makes use of the bonds forged with sister cities and schools.

We will also enact international exchange utilizing the special qualities of Tokyo, where many exchange students engage in study, people of all nations live, and a multitude of embassies call home.

Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics Education
https://www.o.p.edu.metro.tokyo.jp/