6th Socially Innovative Global Classroom (Online)
(joint program with 8 countries and regions around the world)
August 31 - September 11, 2020
24 students: Zambia University (Zambia, 7), Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (Malaysia, 5), Osaka City University (Japan, 2), Saint Petersburg State University (Russia, 3), Taylor's University (Malaysia, 3), University of Technology Malaysia (Malaysia, 2), Heriot-Watt University (UK, 1), Macau University of Science and Technology (Macau, 1)
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<SIGLOC-online 2020 (August)>

As a school selected for the FY 2018 Inter-University Exchange Project of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, Osaka City University (OCU) is implementing a Program to Develop Collaborative Social Innovators that uses Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). As part of this program, OCU conducts an intensive program called “SIGLOC” (Socially Innovative Global Classroom). 

Following the SIGLOC-online program in spring 2020, “SIGLOC-online 2020 (August)” started on August 31, 2020, and finished successfully on September 11, 2020.

SIGLOC first day: Synchronous meeting on Zoom between participating students and teachers in charge


A total of 24 students from eight countries/regions, including OCU students gathered. As a pilot program, the university implemented an entirely online-version of the program entitled Socially Innovative Global Classroom: Online (SIGLOC-online) during the Summer of 2020. All the students and teaching staff participated from home.


【NEW】 Updated on 2020.10.07!

NPS (Net Promoter Score)
NPS is an index that gauges the likelihood (rating 1-100) to recommend this activity/program to a friend or colleague.  

SIGLOC-online 2020 August  NPS  65.4


【NEW】 Updated on 2020.10.06!

We conducted a questionnaire with the  students who participated in this SIGLOC-online.
Please see the summary of  the questionnaire  results  below.

20201006_SIGLOC questionnaire results summary


This time the program theme is “Searching for Universal Solutions to Social Problems that Became Apparent Due to COVID-19”.

SIGLOC first day: Orientation


The participating students did research on each task at home, compared the characteristics among their countries, while sharing information online at any time, and had a debriefing session using presentations on the final day.

Self-introduction in each team


〇 6th Socially Innovative Global Classroom (Online, August 2020): Outline

・Implementation Period: August 31st (Mon) to September 11th (Fri) 2020 [12 days]
・Location: Online
・Recruitment Numbers: 12 people (Selection will be made if there are many applicants)
  Fee: Free
  Responsibility: Communication expenses, data collection and other expenses
*For Osaka City University Students Only: Personal computers and pocket WiFi will be rented out free of charge to applicants. 

 Characteristics of SIGLOC-online 2020 (August)

・To be implemented as a pilot online program (all students and faculty will  participate from home during the entire period)
・Multi-national, collaborative learning (students from two countries or more  per group)
・Teamwork within small groups
・Conferral of a Certificate of Completion

 Theme and Details
 Theme: Searching for Universal Solutions to Social Problems that Became Apparent Due to COVID-19 


By refining the selection process due to the large number of applicants, a total of 24 students from all over the world have been decided to start the program.

※The breakdown of the countries/regions and the universities is shown below (arranged in descending order) – The number in the parentheses is the number of the participants.

・Zambia (7), Malaysia (5), Indonesia (4), Russia (3), China  (2), Japan (1), Hong Kong (1), United Kingdom (1)

・The University of Zambia (7), Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (5), St.Petersburg State University (3), Taylor’s University (3), Osaka City University (2), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia: Malaysian-Japanese International Institute of Technology (2), Heriot-Watt University (1), Macau University of Science and Technology (1)

Group Interaction

We ran the program while considering time differences since the participants resided in different countries.

The students were divided into three teams (6-9 students each), and each team was given a different topic regarding the social issues that became apparent due to COVID-19, such as:
(1) Government measures and responses,
(2) Changes in our lifestyle, and
(3) Changes in economic activities.

Final debriefing session

Through COIL education by working collaboratively with overseas students on social issues, students can gain awareness and learning that are different from the program provided locally. We will continue to develop similar educational programs.


【Related Videos】

The video report  of “Online program  (joint program with Andrews University)” held in March, 2020 by Professor Nakajima who was in charge of the program.

Please see the video through the following link.


Participants’ nationality
Zambia (7), Malaysia (5), Indonesia (4), Russia (3), China (2), Hong Kong (1), Japan (1), United Kingdom (1)