UMAP-COIL 2020

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Program Contents

◆ Purpose

1) The pandemic damage on international education around the world is indeed devastating. Very little hope for traditional mobility for students and staffs exists, for the current time, and even after we pass this critical phase, a most likely expectation is that there will be diverse combination of on-site and off-site learning (and working) will continue to be options now, even more so than ever.


2) In the meantime when no studying abroad experience can be presented to the students, HEIs are still in need to educate the youth to assure intercultural competency as one of their very important graduate attributes. We can even more strongly argue that global citizenry competence is in most demand because of this time of crisis; how we co-create the forthcoming new phase of the world after the pandemic is so critical to determine the future.


3) With this reasons and background contexts, we would like to propose a new shape of UMAP-COIL Joint Program for 2020, which is going to be conducted 100% online, yet provide ample of opportunities for UMAP students to gain enriched learning and international experience from it. IIGE (Institute for Innovative Global Education) at Kansai University has been collaborating with UMAP for the past year. We carried out a UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program in the summer 2019, with online component combined with a physical study abroad in Japan. We would like to continue our collaborative partnership in 2020 and on, by proposing another joint program.


4) IIGE/Kansai University promotes COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) as an additional teaching and learning practice in international education since 2014. With our knowledge and experience to promote virtual exchange among students from different backgrounds, we are confident in generating an online course this summer. The tentative details of the proposed program will follow below.

◆ Overview

Course Abstract: Striving global citizenry competence in the VUCA world

• Culture, economics, SDGs, international affairs
• Health, international development, education, and others
• Business innovation for a sustainable society

This course is designed to give students opportunities to consider global citizenship with regard to key contemporary social issues in international settings, taking international and domestic perspectives. Students will examine a range of broad themes relating to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including topics on foreign policy, international affairs, trade and finance, and defense and security. In addition, we will explore more specific areas of contemporary interest, for example aspects of health and wellbeing, international approaches to education, and business innovation and development. The course is designed to be responsive to topical and immediate global concerns and will draw upon themes and materials as they develop.

◆ Schedule

(7/27) Lecture 1: Overview of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Homework: Review materials giving an overview of the various SDGs on the UNDP Website


(8/3) Lecture 2: SDGs and International Affairs

Homework: Find a recent online news story that may be related to one (or more) of the SDGs and describe (in point form) how this may involve either cooperation or conflict between at least 2 nations.


(8/10) Lecture 3: Developments in International Education

Homework: Find a recent online article (news story, blog, commentary or similar) in which there is some discussion or consideration of the globalization or internationalization of education.


(8/17-8/30) Project Activity and Group Presentation (2 weeks)

This project will require students to produce a group multimedia presentation that details one of the UN SDGs and how it relates to students’ home countries. This may involve an overview of current initiatives with regard to the chosen SDG, or it may be presented as a proposal for action – with students providing a new approach to a relevant topic.

This project will require students to produce a group multimedia presentation that details one of the UN SDGs and how it relates to students’ home countries. This may involve an overview of current initiatives with regard to the chosen SDG, or it may be presented as a proposal for action – with students providing a new approach to a relevant topic.

(8/31) Lecture 4: Health and Wellbeing in Global Contexts

Homework: Provide a brief point summary of similarities or differences between approaches to the management of SARS-COVID-19 between at least 2 countries. Is there any evidence of cultural influences on management approaches?


(9/7) Lecture 5: Globalization of Popular Culture

Homework: Describe some popular activities relating to popular culture (e.g., these might relate to performing arts, sports, cuisine) that are clearly shared between at least two countries.


(9/14) Final Presentation

◆ Instructors

Don Bysouth, Ph.D. (IIGE)
Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Kansai University

Jinyuan Wu, MBA. (IIGE)
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Kansai University

Program Details

◆ Program Itinerary

Dates Itinerary
July 20 – 24 Pre-Program Workshop*
(Online program both for Japanese and International students)
July 27 – September 15 (7 weeks) UMAP-COIL 2020
17:00 ~ 18:30 (Tokyo Time)
September 14 – 19 Post-Program Workshop*
(For both Japanese and International students)

*Participants are required to take pre-program and post-program workshops.
1) Participants are required to submit all the tasks making each deadline.
2) If you cannot attend the training due to unavoidable circumstances (duplication with classes, etc.), be sure to inform the person in charge of the program in advance and follow the instructions from them or the International Affairs Department.
3) Please try to be proactive and sincere in preparing for this program.


Number of Participants
Minimum: 5 (Five), Maximum: 30 (Thirty)


Application & Participation Fees
There is no application fees and participation fees for UMAP students, students from Kansai University affiliated institutions, and Kansai University students

◆ Credit Hours

2 UCTS for UMAP students* / 2 Credits for Kansai University’s students
*UMAP Students will earn a participation certificate issued by UMAP and IIGE (Kansai University), with learning hours described

Commitment:
1) 1.5 hours/week live lecture (total of 5 times) + 2 hours workload (through Platform)
2) Total of 30-33 hours for a small project task (2 weeks in August)

Total learning hours: 57-60 hours*
*Assessment: letter grade with pass/non-pass option

Course credits: IIGE / Kansai University can issue a certificate to approve the learning hours. The students’ host universities can interpret the hours to be creditable.

◆ Eligibility and How to Apply

Eligibility
1) Students who belong to UMAP’s pledged institutions (those universities/institutions that marked in blue in the website are Pledged institutions)
2) Students who belong to Kansai University affiliated institutions
3) Kansai University students
4) Exchange students at Kansai University
5) English proficiency CEFR B2 Level (TOEFL iBT 72~, IELTS 5.5~, Total 1560 score of TOEIC S&W plus L&R ~)*
*For non-native speaker of English, submission of certificates in PDF form is required


Requirements
1) Internet access
2) Headsets to communicate via online smoothly


Application Procedure

STEP 1: Students fill in the application form

1) UMAP-COIL 2020 Application Form
*Password: umapcoil20

2) Statement of Purpose
Please upload your statement of purpose in PDF file in the application form. Short essay in English (300 to 400 words) explaining why you want to be part of this program. You could also write what you are expecting to gain from this event.

3) Certification
Please upload the following documents in PDF file in the application as well:
i. Language ability certificate (for non-native English speakers)
ii. Academic transcript from your institution (English format)

4) Home Institution contact info
Please submit the contact information of the person(s) who is in charge of international affairs / programs at the applicant’s Home Institution.

STEP 2: Nomination
After checking the applications and making sure that each applicant is eligible, UMAP or IIGE/Kansai University will contact each student’s institution and make sure that they are approved by their home institution.
*We will not be able to let applicants join the program without their home institutions’ approval.

STEP 3: Announcement of Results
IIGE/Kansai University will notify all the applicants the results via email by July 17, 5:00PM (JST)


Application Period: July 10, 2020
IIGE/Kansai University will select applicants based on the application and their essay

◆ Mandatory Follow Up Programs

Pre-Program Workshop
Date: July 20 – 24
Instructor: Don Bysouth (IIGE Specially Appointed Professor)

Content:
1) On demand lectures and tasks on ImmerseU (with feedback from the instructor)
2) BEVI assessment (T1)
3) OPIc test (T1)

Students’ workload: 6 hours


Post-Program Workshop
Date: September 14 – 19
Instructor: Don Bysouth (IIGE Specially Appointed Professor)

Content:
1) On demand lectures and tasks on ImmerseU (with feedback from the instructor)
2) BEVI assessment (T2)
3) OPIc test (T2)

Students’ workload: 4 hours


*ImmerseU is an online platform implicated in this program
*BEVI is an assessment tool to measure the effect of international programs
*OPIc is a communication test that will assess language proficiency

◆ FAQ

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◆ Inquiries

Please email iige@ml.kandai.jp, clearly indicating that your inquiry relates to the “UMAP-COIL Joint Honors Program”