Overseas Active Learning Program “STUDY VISITS TO THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN BANGKOK WITH THE FIELDWORK”
From August 23 to 31, 2021, “STUDY VISITS TO THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN BANGKOK WITH THE FIELDWORK,” one of the Summer Short-term Programs, was held. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the program was held entirely online with 9 participants.
During the program, students learned the roles, functions and challenges of international organizations and thought about SDGs and local social issues through the lectures and discussions, and learned how to apply their learning experiences to their own future career development in the field of international cooperation.
The program was organized by Sophia Global Education and Discovery Co., Ltd. (Sophia GED), in Bangkok, Thailand, established by Sophia School Cooperation, and was coordinated by Professor Yasushi Hirosato from the Center for Global Education and Discovery, who is also the President of the company.
The program was focused especially on the Mekong Region (Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos) this time. Personnel from international organizations working actively in the region, such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Labour Organization (ILO), and Asian Development Bank (ADB) delivered lectures and Q & A sessions regarding the issues related to economic growth, disparity and human resource development.
Savannakhet University, which is the ADB’s project site of the " Second Strengthening Higher Education Project " in Laos, also delivered lectures and had a students’ exchange session with Sophia University.
Students could deepen their understandings of the roles, functions and challenges of international organizations, and could think about how to address development and social issues, and contribute to the international community by participating the program.