The concept of this program was inspired by the annual summer and winter intensive study programs organized by the Center for International Research and Education, Chiba University. These programs, called Global Study Programs, have been annually held for Chiba University students since 2011. They are offered as electives and are jointly organized with Chiba University’s sister universities abroad.
For the things we have to learn before we can do, we learn by doing.
Aristotle.Nicomachean Ethics.(II.1103a33). c. 325 BC.
Learning is a process. The concept of this program is based on the firm belief that learning happens in the moment one strives to learn rather than in the moment one believes that one has learned. Furthermore, it is no secret that this process of learning can be enhanced by encouraging the active engagement of, and collaboration between, students in their learning. Collaborativity is thus a keyword in this program and it is conceptualized along the three following vectors:
- The organizational vector: the schedule, content of lectures and activities, outcomes, administrative tasks and other logistical aspects of the program are decided upon discussion and collaboration between representative staff from the two participant universities. In addition, the team of the university which is to be hosted this year is expected to adapt, to a reasonable degree, to the culture of practice of the host university.
- The pedagogical vector: studios, workshops, fieldwork and other learning activities are to encourage collaborative learning through discussions, student-centered tasks and other techniques that ensure the active participation of students in the learning process.
- The content-outcome vector: the content and outcome of the program are not expected to be limited to one-sided perspectives on case-studies collected from one of the two countries only. The content of the program needs to allow students from both universities to gain new viewpoints on and a better understanding of the theme chosen for this year, by introducing examples taken from both participant countries and by taking into account the various socio-cultural backgrounds of the program participants.