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About and Goals of GPSC@Project director, Tomoyuki Kobara
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Greetings from the project director (About GPSC)
Welcome to GPSC of Hiroshima University. Thank you very much for visiting us.

We, the members of Hiroshima University, have been working on various projects individually or in a group, to tie Japan and the U.S. as global partners. To succeed to and develop the outcomes of our projects, we founded GPSC supported by US-Japan Foundation. The biggest incentive for us to found this center was to succeed to the will of the late Dr. Donald Spence, who studied at Hiroshima University, played a pivotal role as a bridge between Japan and the U.S. for a long time and above all, who was a good friend of ours. We, the close friends of Dr. Spence gathered and decided to succeed to his will at Hiroshima University.

GPSC plans to develop and foster the leaders who can promote global partnership in the future and they can be students, teachers or anyone who can work on school to school projects. And we also would like to develop various programs for the purpose above. This is a big and urgent need in education of today and near future since the globalization of the world is proceeding in such a rapid speed. And we believe developing the leaders and programs to foster leaders will contribute to the realization of the global support system over country borders for the world peace, which was the hope of Dr. Spence.

Our philosophy is to spread the spirit of Hiroshima; gPursuit of peaceh by developing people with global mind and communication skills like Dr. Spence. We appreciate your support and cooperation. Thank you.

Tomoyuki Kobara, Project Director
Goals of GPSC
The goal of GPSC is to develop mutual communication and understanding between teachers, students and pupils of Japan and the U.S. through various international activities. To pursue this goal, we endeavor to realize the following objectives:

1) Information Dissemination: Build GPSC web-site to disseminate the information on the outcomes of the previous, on-going, and prospective projects carried out in Japan and the U.S
2) Human Resources Development: Hold workshops for developing global leaders in education, assisting mutual exchanges and visitations by school teachers, students and pupils, overseas classroom observation and teaching practicum schemes by university students in teacher education program, and so on.
3) Program Resources Designing: Design and develop global education materials, develop and test global teaching/learning methods, and help to establish the methodology of starting a school-to-school relationship through the joint research and workshops by teachers of Japan and the U.S.
About Dr. Donald Lee Spence
We founded this center succeeding to the will of the late Dr. Spence.

Dr. Spence earned his doctoral degree at the University of Tennessee, and he also studied at the Graduate School of Education at Hiroshima University for two years under a Fulbright Grant. After having taught social studies at public schools of Tennessee and North Carolina, Dr. Spence worked for North Carolina Department of Public Institution in social studies education. From 1983 until when he passed away in 2004, he had served as a member of the East Carolina University faculty. During the time, he had also worked as director of East Carolina Japan Center East.

Furthermore, Dr. Spence worked as director (1999-2002) of two large projects supported by US-Japan Foundation and introduced on our center website: gCurriculum development to understand the society and culture of the U.S.h and gGlobal partnership schools: A model for US-Japan educational collaboration in the 21st Century.h With various services including these, Dr. Spence played a role of a bridge between Japan and the U.S. Thanks to his contributions, there is a countless number of people who acquired a global mind as well as who got involved in fostering the global mind.

Needless to say, Dr. Spence did not hope for mutual understandings only between the U.S. and Japan. He also strongly hoped for mutual understandings in the world and for the achievement of peace with respect and love. On his gravestone, letters of gpeaceh (heiwa) are carved in Japanese. Succeeding to his will, we have founded Global Partnership School Center and we wish from the bottom of our heart that this center will help achieve what he had hoped to achieve.
Staff members
(1) Project director: Tomoyuki Kobara (Project representative, Hiroshima University)
(2) Collaborators: Seiji Fukazawa (Human Resources Development, Hiroshima University)
Atsushi Asakura (Program Resources Designing, Hiroshima University)
Takaya Kohyama (Information Dissemination, Hiroshima University)
(3) Research cooperators: Yasuhiro Ohmatsu (Vice Principal at Shinonome Elementary School attached to Hiroshima University)
Yoshio Sumoto (Shinonome Elementary School)
Kazuyki Kambara(Shinonome Junior High School)
Hiroaki Kanoe (Shinonome Junior High School)
Nobutaka Ishii (Mihara Elementary School)
Naohisa Ishihara(Mihara Elementary School)
Kazushige Kimoto (Vice Principal at Mihara Junior High School)
Saori Matsuo (Mihara Junior High School)
(4) Overseas collaborators: Carolyn Ledford (East Carolina University, USA)
Betty Peel (East Carolina University, USA)
Anna Lyon (East Carolina University, USA)
(5) Research advisers: Hideki Yonekawa (Osaka Kyoiku University)
Akira Ninomiya (Executive and Vice President(Research), Hiroshima University)
Shinji Ishii (Professor, Hiroshima University)
(6)Evaluators: Yasushi Mizoue(Retired President of Naruto University of Education)
Masaki Sakagoshi(Dean of Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University)
Marilyn Sheerer(Vice President, East Carolina University, USA)