2011-2015 Student Exchange Program

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2011-2015 Student Exchange Program
This project is organized and managed by the Japan University Consortium for Peace and Human Security in Asia (JUC-PAHSA) established specifically for it, with the collaboration of six Southeast Asian universities with the aim of establishing a sustainable exchange program among participating institutions in the future. Of the “Campus Asia” projects this one is unique, as it is run by a consortium of universities with numerous collaborating partner institutions.

The participating universities are: the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University; the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University; the Graduate School of International Health Development, Nagasaki University; and the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Meio University, Okinawa. The collaborating Southeast Asian universities are equally diverse: the College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University (Philippines); the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University; the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Syiah Kuala University (Indonesia), the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); the Faculty of Social Science and International Relations, Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC); and the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, National University of East Timor (East Timor).
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The Project’s Three Objectives

A Network of Universities

The first objective is to form a network of university departments (primarily but not exclusively among graduate-level educational institutions), from Japan and ASEAN countries, with the aim of creating an “Asia Joint University for Peace=Human Security” for collaborative and multidisciplinary education relevant for nurturing leaders in peace-building, conflict resolution, development and enhancement of human security in Asia by combining the complementary resources of all the participating institutions.

A Community of Policy Leaders

The second objective is to share among participating universities the common purpose of training high-quality “next generation policy leaders” who can take the lead in advancing peace and human security interest in Asia and beyond. The project organizers hope that students taking part in the exchange project will form a future community of policy leaders, active not only in governments and inter-governmental organizations but also in academia, journalism, NGO/civil society and public-minded social enterprises.

Mutual Visits

The third objective is to promote mutual visits and mobility among students of the participating universities, based on credit transfer arrangements, joint special certificate issuances, and, where possible, joint degrees.

This project is organized and managed by the Japan University Consortium for Peace and Human Security in Asia (JUC-PAHSA) established specifically for it, with the collaboration of six Southeast Asian universities with the aim of establishing a sustainable exchange program among participating institutions in the future. Of the “Campus Asia” projects this one is unique, as it is run by a consortium of universities with numerous collaborating partner institutions.
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PAHSA Programs

Study in Japan for Southeast Asian University Students
Study in Southeast Asia for Japanese University Students

There are two types of study program both in Japan and in Southeast Asia. The Short-term Study Program is about 10 working days, and the Semester Program is around 15 weeks. For each of the programs, those studying in partner institutes in Southeast Asia can apply to study in Japan, and students from Japanese Universities may apply to study at the Southeast Asia partner universities.
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PAHSA students from Southeast Asia with course coordinators at the start of their semester programs at OSIPP, Osaka University

Short-term Study Program

The Short-term Study Program is an intensive study course with around 15 lectures (including field trips) comprised of general lectures on peace and human security issues and specialized lectures reflecting the particular areas of expertise of the hosting university. Each of the JUC-PAHSA universities will take turns to organize a Short-term Study Program designed to offer what each institution does best. Two students will be selected from each Japanese/Southeast Asia university to participate in each program.

Semester Program

Students enrolled in the semester program will spend around 15 weeks - the length of one semester - to study and be immersed in the campus life of the hosting university as a special audit student with full credit transfer upon successful completion of the course requirements. The hosting university has different course offers, including internship opportunities, that are described separately. The allocation of students is ultimately the decision of JUC-PAHSA but student choice is respected as much as possible.

Latest News

30 March 2016
The last PAHSA student essay is from Carmina Untalan. Now an OSIPP student, Carmina was originally from De La Salle University, the Philippines, and has spent five months on the PAHSA Semester Program at RSIS Singapore, all PAHSA consortium partners. Carmina is well qualified to offer her view of the essence of the Peace and Human Security Program. Read the essay HERE
29 March 2016
As the PAHSA Programs comes to a close, in this video the last batch of PAHSA students in Japan talk about the legacy of the program. From 2012 to 2015, the program trained ‘216 Next Generation Policy Leaders,’ or as the students say here, ‘Future Change Makers.’
25 March 2016
Writing on the Southeast Asia Semester Program Essays’ page, OSIPP student David Lado Emiliano Gore, tells of his experience on the PAHSA Semester Program at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. David’s essay explores contemporary Thai society and the country’s political landscape. Read it HERE
03 February 2016
OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan, hosted a short-term study program for 11 international students from the PAHSA consortium university partners in January 2016. It was the fifth (and last) PAHSA short program in Japan. During the program there were classroom lectures, an international symposium, and also study trips to places of interest.

Read a day-by-day review of the program written by Jonathan Beltran, a student from De La Salle University, the Philippines.
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PAHSA students from Southeast Asia at the start of their Short Program @ OSIPP, Osaka University, January 1016

06 November: New Student Essays Page
We have a new page on the site where students from Japanese universities write about their experience while on the PAHSA short program that took place at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC) in September 2015. The focus of the program was poverty alleviation. Read the reports HERE
20 October 2015: PAHSA Semester Students @ Osaka University
There are six students from PAHSA Southeast Asia universities that have settled into campus life at OSIPP, Osaka University, for the fall semester 2015. They are from the Philippines, Thailand, Banda Aceh, Indonesia and Cambodia. Good luck with your studies everyone!
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25 September 2015: New Immersive Story—
On the PAHSA short program that just ended in Cambodia, students kept a daily diary of events as the program unfolded. These narratives have been published as a long-form Immersive Story. The story of the program has photos and thoughts from our students. Together these become powerful messages about the importance of peace and human security. Read it HERE
13—24 September 2015: The PAHSA Cambodia Short Program II
The PAHSA short program in Cambodia came to a close 24 September 2015. All of the daily events from the program were posted on the PAHSA Facebook page. Please check there for information about lectures and field trips, photos, and students’ posts from the program.
7 September 2015: PAHSA students from Japan @ Chaing Mai University
Three students from Japanese universities are spending a semester at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Pictured here with class mates at CMU are Mr David Gore from Osaka University (back right), Miyamoto-san from Hiroshima University (center), and Uechi-san from Meio University (front right). Good luck everyone! Make the most of your time at Chiang Mai University.
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After each of the PAHSA programs, our students reflect on their experiences and share thoughts about their study. This takes place in three ways: either collaboratively, with immersive stories and photos; through essays, longer pieces of writing; and in video.

Immersive Stories from PAHSA Short Programs

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PAHSA Videos

PAHSA videos offer students the chance to express their views on topical issues regarding peace and human security. There are also PAHSA videos where academics and professors offer insights into some of the challenges for peace and human security in the region.
In this video, students from Indonesia, Cambodia, and the Philippines from the 2014/15 semester program in Japan answer just one simple question, "What does peace mean in my country?"

Student Essays

Upon completion of the PAHSA programs, participants write short reports about their study as exchange students. Often they write about their study experiences, the cultural differences while living away from home, and how they might benefit from the experience of the PAHSA program in the long-term.

Essays from Short Program Students

Essays from Semester Program

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