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Campus ASEAN Short-term Program between Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University and Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) and Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) (Septmber 15-30, 2013)
During September 15-30, 2013, 33 graduate students from Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University, conducted overseas fieldwork in Siem Reap, Cambodia with collaboration from Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) (2013 OFW Overall Schedule).
The Overseas Fieldwork (OFW) Program is a part of Nagoya University’s Re-Inventing Japan Project titled as ‘Fostering a New Generation of Leaders in International Cooperation for the Development of the ASEAN Region’. It intends to provide students in the field of international development and cooperation study with hands on experience of real development issues in developing countries. It also enables participants to utilize interdisciplinary approach to conduct survey in English through group works with students from various academic disciplines. The final objective is to foster students to be able to grasp issues in a selected small administrative unit in a developing country and conduct a case study analysis and find solutions or provide implications. In general, the program has four stages, including orientation, preparatory seminar, overseas fieldwork and report-writing.
In OFW 2013, participants were divided into the following four working groups based on the feasibility of the program and concerns and interests shown by participants.
- Working Group1: Community Development (8 students)
- Working Group2: Education (8 students)
- Working Group3: Migration (8 students)
- Working Group4: Tourism (9 students)
In the preparatory seminar, a series of lectures was given by professors from inside and outside GSID including lectures from RUPP during May- July, 2013 in order to achieve a relatively fruitful fieldwork. Participants in these lectures studied research methods and socio-economic situation and issues of Cambodia. Moreover, each working group held self-study meeting so as to improve the research design and prepare for the fieldwork survey (2013 OFW Preparatory Seminar Schedule).
The overseas fieldwork was conducted during September 15-25, 2013 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Four working groups conducted their fieldwork with guidance from group advisors from GSID and RUPP. They also received the help and support from the recruited student interpreters from RUPP. Each working group carried out their surveys to grasp the current situation and problematic issues that they concerned. They also prepared a formal presentation based on their preliminary data analysis and findings. At the end of the survey, each group showed their findings and received feedback at the research site.
Moreover, GSID, on September 28, 2013, held an international joint seminar titled as Cambodia’s Contemporary Socio-economic Challenges: National and Regional Perspectives in RULE with collaboration from RULE and RUPP in order to strengthen the communication between faculty members and students among the tie-up universities. There were about 80 participants including 33 students from GSID, and faculty members and students from RULE and RUPP, scholars, government officials, and representatives from donor agencies. In the seminar, governmental officials, representatives from donor agencies, and professors from each university made speeches and presentations relevant to rural development and economic reform of Cambodia. In a panel discussion on Inclusive Growth for Cambodia: Social and Economic Perspectives, OFW participants actively raised their hands to join the discussion. The seminar provided a good opportunity for faculty members and students among the three universities to further communicate for mutual understanding.
Four working groups made final presentations to show their findings based on their further analysis and the comments and feedback received from the presentations in the field. Now, they are finalizing the reports based on the final presentation made on Oct.30, 2013.
In a word, OFW 2013 provided a good opportunity for participants to further understand the current situation and social issues in the developing county such as Cambodia. It is also a good exercise for students in groups to utilize knowledge learned in the classroom and practice communication skills in English in order to recognize and solve problems in the field of international development and cooperation in the developing world. According to the feedback from participants, students established networks with the young generation in Cambodia through face-to-face communication in the field (2013 Campus ASEAN Short-term Program (GSID OFW) Message from Participants).