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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!

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APRU Undergraduate Leader’s Program in Vladivostok, Russia

Three students joined APRU Undergraduate Leader’s Program from July 1 to 12. Here are reports from Sara and Clara.

 

*From Sara

During the first 12 days of July, I flew to Vladivostok, Russia to participate in the APRU Undergraduate Leadership Program. This program specifically focused on implementing the “sustainable development goals (SDGs)”, and in the 12 days of the program, we learned about it both in and outside of class with students from seven different countries from the Asia-Pacific Rim. Our main task was to present a project at the end of the program which would focus on implementing specific goals of the SDGs, and we were divided into five different groups to work on the project throughout the program. On the last day, the judges gave out awards and I had the honor of being selected as the “Overall winner” of the program. For the prize, I received an invitation to visit Vladivostok once again this December to participate in their Model-UN. In general, I was able to experience and gain a lot from this program, and I definitely do not regret spending my time there. I will never forget all the things I learned there, and I hope to keep in touch with all of the people I met there.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*From Clara

The APRU Undergraduate Leaders Program held this year at Far Eastern Federal University, in Vladivostok, Russia focused on the theme of ‘Global Challenges for New Generation in the Asia-Pacific Region’. Over the course of 12 days, we participants were given the opportunity to spent time learning from the university’s professors as well as guest speakers from around the globe on the current issues that affect our world and generation. The subject matters including but were not limited to climate change, international security in the Korean peninsula and trans-national business growth. While keeping these topics in mind, participants also formed groups to create a project pitch in alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the final projects included ideas such as development of a community fridge, and university-wide composting systems. Participants of the program came from universities all around the Asia-Pacific, including New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Singapore and the United States. Such a diverse participant body meant that each day was a chance to learn about the customs and cultures of one another, as well as brainstorm ideas from many different angles due to our different backgrounds. As a student from Osaka University, I was given a change to share my knowledge of and experience from Japan in order to contribute to discussions of developing bonds between Asia-Pacific countries, and this trip was an unforgettable memory for me in many ways.

 

 

STUDENT NEWS

Women’s Leadership Summit

Some of the students in our program are members of UNISC (University Students Chamber in Japan) Kansai and they will hold an event on Toyonaka campus, Osaka University as follows. Here is a message from one of the member.

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An event will be held on Sunday, July 2nd aimed mainly at female students (males are welcome to come as well) where six guest speakers will talk to give you advise about how to balance out work and your personal lives when you get a job in the future. This event will be in Japanese, but it would be a great opportunity for those who are interested in subjects such as gender equality or female empowerment.

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Please feel free to join them. Please also invite your friends to join them!

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Study Abroad in Spain

Here is a message from Emma in our program. Thank you, Emma!

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My name is Emma, and I am a third year student in the G30 Human Sciences Programme. I am currently doing a study abroad in Spain at the Autonomous University of Madrid, in the faculty of Liberal Arts. My classes are similar to the courses offered in the Global Citizenship course and are taught in both English and Spanish. I live in the campus dorms with approximately 1,400 other students from over 30 countries. Living in Madrid has allowed me to meet and make friends from all over the world, and reap the benefits of living in an EU country. So far I have visited France, Portugal, The Netherlands, Italy and Belgium! Only 2 more months remain of my year long study abroad, and although I have been given many invaluable opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, I cannot wait to come home to Japan!

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LGBTQ and Japan

Varun Khanna was a part of many events in Japan on gender and sexuality. He is the vice president of Stonewall Japan.
 
The British Council in Tokyo invited Varun to give a lecture on the LGBT discourse in Japan where he spoke about the different paradoxes. The Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Tokyo invited him to network with forty other organisations and he gave a speech on Japan’s emancipatory struggle and challenges because of tolerance and invisibility. He met documentary filmmaker Chris Belloni who came from the Netherlands and collaborated on a video message for Japan.
 
In Osaka, Varun organised and chaired a panel on the LGBTQ discourse of Japan in collaboration with Semester at Sea at the Dawn Center – Osaka Prefectural Center for Youth and Gender Equality. His guest panellist was Kanako Otsuji, who is an openly lesbian politician, foremost LGBT advocate and former member of the upper house of Japan’s parliament and of Osaka Assembly. Other panellists included Loren Fykes who is the executive director of Fruits in Suits, Louis Williams who is the president of Stonewall Japan, Paul Sully Sari Chan who is the Founder of Frenz-Frenzy Rainbow Haven, Sumito Sakabe who is the founder of Tsunagary Cafe, Shirin from TELL Japan. The event was a full house and many issues in politics, entertainment, community, academia, civil society, education were discussed. Varun says, “this seminar opens the possibility of more such dialogues in the future, making an important contribution to the movement here.” 
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