autumn in Tokyo1 dec2013 500pt

“Internationalization” –through the eyes of a former Thai student study abroad (the end)

Japan and culture

For future improvement

I have experienced being students and teachers in Thailand, the United States, and Japan.  I find that Thailand and Japan have quite common issues.

Both in Thailand and in Japan, study for an examination is a different world from the original academic interest, surprises and pleasures of discovery. The answer is always there to explore, and the reason why the answer can not be found by a child  is considered to be the lack of ability of the child. However, in the real world there are a large number of answers that have not yet been found, and some have two or three correct answers.

Is it possible that young people who have been accustomed to multiple choice exams really understand the enjoyment of learning at university, or go out to society and build a good network with people inside and outside the organization?

In particular, not just domestically, will young people be able to build a phase where they have to work in harmony with or compete with people in the world, and from now on will young people build a symbiotic society with people of different cultures and values? This is a problem common to Thailand and Japan.

Also, the Japanese government is keen to accept foreign students, but is there really a good opportunity for Japanese students to learn from each other and to inspire each other in the educational setting?  Have universities prepared such places, and have many faculty members and people in the area surrounding the university have been actively involved in it? Cross-cultural is not an exclusion but an essential stimulant to spread the field of view. The sense of values which one have which are different from others  are not the cause of confusion but are important materials to understand various worlds and to know and recognize various human ways.

However, in general, alien and creative things tend to be discriminated and excluded, and homogeneous ones tend to gather. Human beings and cultures themselves were the same.

However, it has brought misunderstandings, false prejudices and unforeseen prejudices into our hearts, and has fostered racial and interracial hatred. One of the possible means of improving this is essentially education and academic research, and in that sense the true internationalization of education and research is extremely important.

From now on, I think that an effort to make a concrete action plan for improvement will be an urgent issue. Without this, it may not be possible to realize the internationalization of Japanese society, the internationalization of the minds of people in Asia and the world, and mutual understanding.

(the end)

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