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China, Philippines and Europe

Varun Khanna, who is graduating from our programme, spent his final few weeks visiting Tsinghua University in Beijing on a scholarship to learn more about China and National University in Manila where he was invited to give a special lecture.

 

 

Highlights from Tsinghua University, Beijing

Varun received a scholarship from Tsinghua University to ‘Experience China’ through the lens of education over the summer. While at Tsinghua, Varun attended lectures on the environment, education, intellectual history, international relations and politics of China, interpreted a speech for a director at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, visited a school for China’s elite children,, made new networks, critically engaged with global fellows about China while contextualising the cultural dogmas concerning the questions framing societal structures, explored the Schwarzman College, Confucius Institute and the Confucius ideology as it is ingrained into the fabric of the Chinese society, met head of the Danish cultural center to explore the tapestry of Beijing’s art, and enjoyed the Beijing opera and the Laoshe’s tea house. He has received 5 ECTS credits for his intensive study in China.

 

Highlights from National University, Manila

Varun was invited by the director of the international office of the National University in the Philipines to give a special lecture to students there. He has the opportunity to speak to over 120 students for two and a half hours, and it was a full house. Representatives from the British Embassy, TATA corporation, Korea etc. also came to listen. The talk mostly revolved around the broader theme of “intercultural connections towards global citizenship”. Varun discussed globalisation, development, post colonialism, labour theory, international education and ideas about living and dealing with this era of the aftermath of the neoliberal assault, and that which presents significant challenges to humanity’s existence such as the environment. Global citizenship education provides a framework to thrive in the fast changing world and to understand and respond to challenges of the 21st century. There was a robust discussion about culture, ontology and enabling transformation with the students who were also very interested in Varun’s life story. Afterwards, Varun received an appreciation reward as a visiting scholar from the academic vice president of the university.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From September 2017 
Varun will be reading for a post graduate degree in Education, Globalization and International Development at a consortium of universities in Europe – the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Amsterdam, Oslo and Malta. He was among 13 students among over 500 applicants to receive the European Commission Erasmus+ Scholarship which covers full tuition, installation, maintenance and a travel grant for two years. 
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Good luck, Varun!

STUDENT LIFE

Debate!

Here is a letter from Josh, a second year student in our program about his recent debate. Thank you, Josh.

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Debate is a thought-provoking, interesting, and rewarding community so I’d thought I’d like to share.
Information about the pictures in order:
1. ICUT – international debate competition (Asian style 3v3) at ICU in Tokyo. We placed as quarterfinalist and individually, I was the 8th overall best speaker
 
2. Gemeni Cup – a national competition in Tokyo. I was the 4th best speaker and octofinalist.
 
3. Kyushu Debate Open – an international competition at Kyushu University – we placed in the top 8 out of 72 total teams from all over the world, including Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, UK, Singapore, China, and Korea.

UPDATES FROM THE ADMIN

OPEN DAY 2017

You can watch the Open Day on August 4, 2017 here.

  • Brief Introduction of the Program
  • Trial Lesson
  • Overview of the application process
  • Living in Osaka

STUDENT LIFE

Lego Event in Bahrain

3rd year student Nami in Osaka University’s Lego Club joined in the Lego Fans Event in Bahrain. Here is a report from her.

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From the 4 to 8th July, we were kindly invited to display our LEGO work at a STACK LEGO event in Bahrain. Aside from the 53 degree (c) weather, everything was fantastic – Bahrani visitors were warm and gracious, food was great, the attending AFOLs were amazing and the hotel had a pool! We had about 250,000 visitors, which is pretty awesome considering Bahrain has a population of a million.

 

UPDATES FROM THE ADMIN

Open Day Finished

We had an Open Day on August 4th. We streamed live by webinar for the first time with a help of the Cyber Media Centre. 33 students and parents joined us in person and 8 people joined us online. Thank you for participating.