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Apr 17, 2018 - Announcing Peace Boat's Global University Special Programme September 2018

Peace Boat is pleased to announce a 19-day Global University Special Programme to be held from Hiroshima (Japan) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in September 2018, with the theme "Building Peace Together: Inclusive and Sustainable Societies in Asia".

Programme Overview - Building Peace Together:
Inclusive and Sustainable Societies in Asia

Peace Boat's Global University will organise a 19-day intensive course on "Building Peace Together: Inclusive and Sustainable Societies in Asia" from August 31 to September 18, 2018. Participating students will visit five cities in four countries, namely Hiroshima (Japan), Xiamen (China), Singapore, and Siem Reap and Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Using the Asian segment of the Peace Boat's 99th Global Voyage , the programme will bring together 40 students and young professionals from across Asia to discuss concrete actions that can contribute to peacebuilding in the region.

Underpinning this year's programme is the Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels." In addressing this goal, civil society organisations have made efforts to place people's experiences at the centre. What does it mean to live under the threat of violence? How do people deal with social divisions that conflicts leave behind? What do reconciliation and justice look like to these people? In Hiroshima, Xiamen, Singapore, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, students will meet with people who have suffered from violence and injustice. They will learn from initiatives that are grounded in local realities, and discuss what it means to build peace and justice for the people, with the people.

What is Global University?

Peace Boat's Global University is a short-term intensive education programme conducted in English, which takes place at sea during Peace Boat's Global Voyages. The Global University offers a unique curriculum combining "exposure" programmes (field visits) in ports and workshops and seminars onboard, addressing a range of global issues, including but not limited to, peace, human rights, and the environment.

Throughout the programme, participants will have opportunities to witness first-hand what the consequences of global issues are for the people, countries, and communities they are visiting. They will also have ample chance to exchange opinions and experiences with other participants and discuss concrete action plans they can engage in to affect change in the region and the world.

Peace Boat's Global University aims to empower students to use knowledge as a tool, take into account the voices of those directly affected by various problems, and become leaders who can build solutions to global problems with empathy and passion.

Full reports (PDF) of past programmes can be downloaded here: 2015 ,2016 and 2017.

Programme Contents

◆Why We Learn Background

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 development goals to achieve by 2030. The SDGs call for all countries to stimulate prosperity, promote human rights, and protect the planet. Goal 16 of the SDGs notes that peace, justice, and strong institutions are at the core of sustainable development. This goal's specific targets underline the urgency of ending all forms of violence through inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels, while also strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance. In Asia, where many countries still face protracted armed conflict and/or the legacies thereof, these targets are particularly relevant.

◆What We Learn Key Themes and Questions

Theme 1: PEACE " Never Again": Standing Up for Future Generations Hiroshima (Japan) How do we ensure war atrocities are not repeated? In 1945, 140,000 lives were lost in Hiroshima with an atomic bomb. Those who survived have suffered greatly from both health effects and social discrimination. Out of the total devastation, Hiroshima rebuilt itself as the "City of Peace." The survivors have courageously chosen to share their stories and work with other war victims, so that such inhumane violence is never again repeated. In Hiroshima, students will meet with atomic-bomb survivors and local civil society leaders.

Theme 2: SUSTAINABILITY Changing Course to Sustainable Development Xiamen (China) Who are the primary victims of unsustainable development? Chinese cities have experienced rapid economic growth and urbanisation in recent decades. Environmental degradation and pollution have worsened accordingly, also impacting human health. Importantly, these negative effects of unsustainable development tend to affect people disproportionately: the young and poor are often more susceptible. In Xiamen, students will explore different ways in which humans and nature are affected by unsustainable development policies.

Theme 3: INCLUSIVENESS Building Society that Leaves No One Behind Singapore How do we ensure that everyoneregardless of gender, ethnicity, age, or social statusis cherished as a valuable member of society, whose dignity matters? In Singapore, migrant workers constitute an indispensable labour force. Yet they are often forced to work under poor conditions, with little or no social protection. People who are not "fit" for "normal" labour are often marginalised. In Singapore, students will meet with migrant workers, people living with disabilities, and elderly people, and those who support them.

Theme 4: JUSTICE Rebuilding Trust Siem Reap & Phnom Penh (Cambodia) What does justice look like in a country recovering from an ideology-driven conflict in which 21% of the country's population were lost? In Cambodia, legacies of the genocide and violence abound. Unexploded landmines continue to injure and sometimes even kill innocent people. A lack of sufficient skilled professionals slows down the rebuilding of necessary institutions. In Siem Reap, students will meet landmine survivors. In Phnom Penh, students will meet people who work on justice and reconciliation efforts.

◆How We Learn Methodologies

Exposure Programmes [5 cities]
In Hiroshima, Xiamen, Singapore, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, exposure programmes will allow students to learn from people who are directly affected by the issues.

Onboard Seminars [90 minutes x 10 sessions]
Onboard, navigators will facilitate discussions, workshops, role-plays, and skill building seminars. Student presentations allow for a comparative perspective.

Onboard Actions [2 Projects/group]
1000 passengers from various countries travel together on the ship. In groups, students plan and implement their own actions to be the agents of change.


Experts in fields related to the programme themes will join the programme as "navigators." Navigators facilitate students' learning as resource persons, facilitators, and mentors. This year's navigators include:

ISEZAKI Kenji: Professor and Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; Former Chief of DDR Section, UN Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone [UNAMSIL]

KAWASAKI Akira: Executive Committee Member, Peace Boat; International Steering Group Member, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons [ICAN]

Fauziah HASAN: Physician and Humanitarian Activist

John GEE: Freelance Writer; Founding Member, Transient Workers Count Too [TWC2] (Singapore)

Programme Details

Dates & Itinerary
Friday, August 31 - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (19 days)
Participants will meet in Hiroshima (Japan) on Friday 31 August and join Peace Boat's Peace Boat's 99th Global Voyage from Kobe to Singapore, from where they fly to Cambodia. The programme ends on Tuesday 18 September in Phnom Penh.

Aug. 31 Participants to meet in Hiroshima, Japan [afternoon] / Orientation
Sep. 1 Exposure programme in Hiroshima
Sep. 2 Transfer to Kobe, Japan / Embarkation / Depart from Kobe
Sep. 3-5 At Sea / Onboard Seminars
Sep. 6 Exposure programme in Xiamen , China
Sep. 7-10 At Sea / Onboard Seminars
Sep. 11 Disembarkation / Exposure programme in Singapore
Sep. 12 Exposure programme in Singapore / Flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sep. 13-15 Exposure programme in Siem Reap
Sep. 16 Transfer to Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Exposure programme in Phnom Penh
Sep. 17 Exposure programme in Phnom Penh
Sep. 18 Exposure programme in Phnom Penh / End of the Programme [early afternoon]

Programme cost
340,200 JPY per person. *Additional fees will be charged as follows: 5,400 JPY for port charges and 5,000 JPY for onboard tips. *Included are: 1) full programme and tuition costs; 2) all expenses related to the exposure programmes in four countries; 3) accommodation and meals onboard Peace Boat; and 4) other miscellaneous expenses. Not included are: 1) airfares and other travel expenses to Hiroshima and from Phnom Penh; 2) visa fees; and 3) other personal expenses.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Students and young professionals from across Asia (but not exclusively), between the age of 18 and 35. Adequate command of English, sufficient to understand lectures and participate in discussions, is a minimum requirement.

Please download the application form from here. Please fill in the required sections and email the form by email to univ@peaceboat. The application deadline is 5.00pm (Japan Standard Time) on Thursday, 31 May, 2018.

Institutional Partnerships
●Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) accredits their students' participation to Peace Boat's Global University (2014-2018).
●The University of Tokyo designates Peace Boat's Global University as one of their summer programs for students enrolled in their Global Leadership Program (GLP) (2015-2018).
●In the past, students have also come from universities including the China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing), Hanshin University (Seoul) and Kyung Hee University (Seoul), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India).
Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation (Taiwan) offers scholarships to selected participants from Taiwan (2017-2018).
The Brunei Project offers scholarship to selected participants from Brunei Darussalem (2017-2018).

Please email, clearly indicating that your inquiry relates to "Peace Boat's Global University Programme".

Documents for download
Peace Boat 99th Voyage Global University Terms and Conditions