Enhancing Global Citizenship through the experience of International Development 28 Mar 2019 11:00 11:30

Enhancing Global Citizenship through the experience of International Development 28 Mar 2019 11:00 11:30

Ms Maki TOMITA Presenter

MOBILITY AND DIVERSITY : DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENS

Enhancing Global Citizenship through the experience of International Development

ABSTRACT:
Tohoku University offers the Tohoku University Global Leadership Program (TGL Program) since 2013. The program aims at enhancing global competencies through classes and extra-curricular activities on campus and study-abroad programs. In order to measure the Program effectiveness, this study conducted Global Competency Questionnaire survey for students of three groups: participants of
1) one-month Study-Abroad Program in the US and NZ offered by Tohoku University,
2) JICA Internship Program (around one month) in developing countries including Asia and Africa, and
3) global classes at Tohoku University (learning global issues and global society). The questionnaire was developed based on literature reviews along with the TGL Program goals. The survey found that the sense of belonging/responsibility in the society and a desire for social contribution was higher among JICA Internship program participants than that of Study-Abroad Program. It was also higher among students of global classes than that of Study-Abroad Program. Generally, Tohoku University students join survey-conducted classes prior to the Study-Abroad Program. Based on the review of the contents of each program and class, this research concluded that learning experience of searching/finding a solution for the global issues are more important than just staying/studying abroad to acquire some global competencies.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
- Participants will be shared the concept and implementation of Tohoku University Global Leadership Program (TGL Program). The TGL Program aims at developing students' global competencies in four components (called three plus one), 1) Language and communication skills, 2) International knowledge and intercultural understandings, and 3) Action skills (such as leadership, problem-solving, taking an initiatives) along with 4) study-abroad experience. More details will be shared in the session. - This session will introduce Global Competency Questionnaire which was developed in the context of Japanese universities. Since the definition of global competencies / what to be included in the global competencies can be varied depending on the context, the session will highlight what components are to be included/emphasized in the context of Japan. Then, a tentative survey result will be shared. - Participants can compare and discuss how the definition of global competencies and implementation of global program are different in the other Asian countries: what is unique and what is in common, what is the trend and what is the challenges. Such experience sharing will present us a hint for way-forward as a university in the global society in the context of Asia.

 

PRESENTERS:

Ms Maki TOMITA
Associate Professor
Institute for Excellence in Higher Education
Tohoku University
Japan

Worked in Africa and Asia for the education projects Development @ UNICEF, UNESCO and JICA. Currently teaching and working on global citizenship education at Tohoku University.

Ms Mina Mizumatsu
Assistant Professor 
Institute for Excellence in Higher Education
Tohoku University

 

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