With the aim of promoting an international collaborative education program in the Asia-Pacific region, Kyushu University’s College of Asia Pacific, a short-term study abroad and international education collaborative program for Japanese and international students, has collaborated with APRU’s (the Association of Pacific Rim Universities) Virtual Student Exchange Program (VSE) on an online course that enrichens the learning experience for students both here and abroad by allowing students from APRU member universities to take part in the Kyushu U-led program.
Under the theme of “Japanese Society in the Era of Globalization,” the course was held online from April 15 to June 10 and instructed by Hiroko Kinoshita, Associate Professor of the International Student Center, which organizes the College of Asia Pacific. Students from diverse backgrounds at Kyushu University and APRU member universities learned together and deepened their understanding of Japanese society and culture as well as common issues in the Asia-Pacific region through lectures, discussions, and group work.
Lively discussions were conducted in both English and Japanese on topics of “Gender roles in Japanese society,” “Religious diversity in Japan,” and “Education,” allowing students to exchange ethical values from various perspectives, such as those of people from Japan, China, and Hong Kong. These classes enabled students to realize new discoveries and awareness and achieve a new form of cross-cultural exchange utilizing the internet. On the final day of the class, students from Kyushu University and APRU member universities paired up to give presentations on the differences and challenges of the education systems in Japan and their own countries.
According to the students’ feedback, the course provided meaningful opportunities for them, as highlighted by the following selected comments.
Through this and future courses, the program is providing students with the opportunity to take their first step to join the international community and to cultivate global competence to become global citizens.
The College of Asia Pacific (CAP) is a short-term study abroad and international education collaborative program for Japanese and international students. Participants study with university students from the Asia Pacific region to learn about common issues in the wider Asia region through collaborative learning. Participants learn firsthand differences in the way in which people perceive and solve problems as the program promotes intellectual exchange among students with different cultural and social backgrounds.
With a view to studying abroad for a longer period of time in the future, students have the opportunity to join the international community and take a first step toward becoming global citizens.
For more information about the College of Asia Pacific: https://isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/capisc/
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a network of 60 leading universities from the Americas, Asia and Australasia. APRU runs an online exchange program called the “Virtual Student Exchange Program (VSE),” which allows students to take international online courses without having to travel. VSE academic courses in a range of disciplines offered by APRU member universities are free of charge to all APRU member university students, including undergraduate students at Kyushu University.
More information about APRU and the APRU VSE Program is available on the Global Gateways website.
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