Poster
Helping students globalize with only limited resources or funding 27 Mar 2019 10:30 11:00

Poster
Helping students globalize with only limited resources or funding 27 Mar 2019 10:30 11:00

27-March-2019 / Wednesday / 10:30 - 11:00

LOCATION : P08

ABSTRACT:
Higher education in the Asia region and around the world has been under pressure to adapt to a rapidly changing and globalizing society. In the case of Japan, many government resources and student scholarships have been directed at specific programs of large and well-known universities that aim to ‘globalize’ undergraduate students, and produce ‘global citizens’. Small and medium-sized higher education institutions, however, are facing the same expectations, but with less or little government-backed financial support, and no additional resources, what can these institutions do? This poster presentation will outline some of the challenges faced in fostering internationally-minded students by these smaller and medium-sized institutions in Japan. We will present a model program that we have designed by using mostly existing resources. The model program spans 4 years of undergraduate study and consists of various on-campus international activities that students have to actively commit to and participate in from beginning to end. Activities include volunteer support of long-term international students, volunteer support of short-term international students, room-mate program, pre-study abroad overseas experiential travel, and pre-study abroad English language programs in Asia.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Comprehension of challenges faced by small to medium-sized higher education institutions in Japan with limited resources or financial support. This includes awareness of barriers that Japanese higher institutions face in globalizing students, such as stereotyping and social issues.
  2. Demonstration of design and application of a program model at a medium-sized institution that has had a positive effect on the number of students who elect to study abroad long-term and contribute towards the globalization of the Japanese workforce.
  3. Recognize and discuss challenges and benefits of this program model and effect it has on type of student by analyzing student experiences.
  4. Apply information and experiences from this presentation to benefit to other smaller higher education institutions who attend the APAIE conference.

AUTHORS:

Mr Daniel Lilley
Inbound Coordinator,
International Center,
Osaka Gakuin University,
Japan

Daniel Lilley is an Assistant Professor at Osaka Gakuin University, where he is in charge of inbound student exchange. His areas of interest are social justice and intercultural studies. His current focus is research on the Contrast Contrast Method for intercultural training.

Ms Midori Hatanaka 
Outbound Coordinator,
Osaka Gakuin University,
Japan

Midori has been an outbound exchange coordinator at Osaka Gakuin University since 2008. She has sent over 300 students to partner universities around the world in the last 10 years.