Announcing Peace Boat's Global University August 2020

Jan 27, 2020

Peace Boat is pleased to announce a 16-day Global University Programme on “Taking Action for Peace and Justice: A Human-Centred Approach to Inclusive and Sustainable Asia” to be held between August 17 and September 1, 2020. The call for application is now open, with the first deadline on March 31 and the second deadline on April 30.

Programme Overview - Taking Action for Peace and Justice

In 2020, Peace Boat will organise a 16-day Global University programme on “Taking Action for Peace and Justice: A Human-Centred Approach to Inclusive and Sustainable Asia.” The programme will take place between August 17 and September 1, 2020, using the Asian segment of Peace Boat’s 105th Global Voyage. The curriculum will combine exposure programmes in Osaka (Japan), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) with seminars held on board. Students and young professionals from across Asia will come together to learn and discuss the possible and necessary actions to achieve inclusive and sustainable societies in Asia.

Underpinning the programme is Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which urges world governments to “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 the cities visited, participants will listen to the accounts of those who have suffered from injustice and/or exclusion and discuss the ideas and approaches which produce such societal outcomes. Why are some kinds of suffering more or less visible than others? What kind of peace and justice would be equitable and sustainable? What actions can we take? Throughout the programme, participants will learn from one another and discuss what it means to build inclusive and sustainable 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.

See reports from the recent Global University programmes: 2018, and 2019.

Programme Contents

◆ Overall Theme
Since the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, there have been many efforts to promote the SDGs at local, national, and international levels. Many initiatives help make progress in the agenda, while also facilitating partnerships between different stakeholders. As we tackle issues related to the SDGs, it is important to keep highlighting the philosophy behind them. What is Sustainable Development? What does it mean to leave no one behind?
While numerous SDGs are relevant to the programme themes, the importance of SDG 16 will be highlighted throughout the programme. SDG 16 is about ending violence, promoting the rule of law, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to justice. These are especially important when thinking about solutions to issues. What are some mechanisms that can put an end to violence? How can citizens leverage legal systems to raise their voices? How can institutional interventions be effectively made to alleviate people’s suffering? How can justice be a means to promote peace?

◆Key Themes and Questions

Theme 1 • Environmental Sustainability: Blue Sky for Our Children
[Exposure Programme in Osaka + Onboard Seminars]
Japan experienced rapid economic growth in the post-WWII period. In Osaka, factories were built one after the other, as well as highways that facilitated transportation of goods and people. Industrialisation and urbanisation brought much prosperity to the city, but also pollution. In Osaka, participants will learn about the history of air pollution in the area and in particular countermeasures that followed. How did the local community leverage legal means and multi-sector partnerships in dealing with the issue?

Theme 2 • Hidden Poverty: Urban Life that is Equitable for All
[Exposure Programme in Hong Kong + Onboard Seminars]
The million-dollar night view may be a symbol of Hong Kong as a bustling city. Yet hidden behind these lights, one in five people in Hong Kong are living below the poverty line. Women, the elderly, and members of ethnic minorities are particularly vulnerable. Social welfare payments do exist, such as allowances for the elderly and low-income families, but one-off allowances do not help much. What interventions are equitable in a fundamental sense, and how can you measure the success or failure of such policies?

Theme 3 • People on the Move: Migrant Voices
[Exposure Programme in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur + Onboard Seminars]
In Southeast Asia, migration abounds. Some migrate in search for better employment opportunities. Others cross borders to re-join family members, to get married, to access education, or to escape political or environmental instability. In Singapore and Malaysia, participants will hear from migrant workers and refugees, as well as from people who support them. How do people experience migration? What are national, regional, and international mechanisms that uphold the human dignity of each migrant?

◆How We Learn — Methodologies

• Exposure Programmes [4 cities]
At ports of call, participants take part in exposure programmes. These programmes invite students to learn from people who are directly affected by the issues. By listening to personal accounts, participants grow a sense of empathy and nurture a human-centred approach to global issues.

• Onboard Seminars [90 minutes x 15 sessions]
On board, participants will engage in discussions, workshops, and role-plays to deepen their learning. By rigorously exchanging opinions with other participants from diverse backgrounds, participants learn to consider a wide range of opinions and propose potential ways forward.

• Action Challenge [2 Projects / group]
1,000 passengers from various countries travel together on the ship. In groups, students pick an issue, come up with a vision, set targets and goals, and plan and implement their own actions. These experiences can give participants confidence to be agents of change in the future.

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:
• Hasina KHARBHIH: Founder and Managing Director, Impulse Social Enterprises; Founder Chair of Board, Impulse NGO Network
• KAWASAKI Akira: Executive Committee Member, Peace Boat; International Steering Group Member, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons [ICAN]
Programme Details

◆ Dates & Itinerary
Monday, August 17 – Tuesday, September 1, 2020 (16 days)
*Participants will meet in Osaka (Japan) on August 17. The programme will end in Kuala Lumpur on September 1.

August 17 | Participants meet in Osaka, Japan, in the afternoon / Orientation
August 18-19 | Exposure Programme in Osaka
August 20 | Transfer to Kobe / Embarkation / Depart from Kobe
August 21-23 | At sea / Onboard Seminars
August 24 | Exposure Programme in Hong Kong
August 25-28 | At sea / Onboard Seminars
August 29 | Disembarkation / Exposure Programme in Singapore
August 30 | Transfer to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Exposure Programme in Kuala Lumpur
August 31 | Exposure Programme in Kuala Lumpur
September 1 | End of the programme by noon

◆ Programme cost
JPY 329,290 per person.
*Included are: 1) full programme and tuition costs; 2) all expenses related to the exposure programmes; 3) accommodation and meals on board Peace Boat; and 4) onboard tips and port charges. Not included are: 1) airfares and other travel expenses to Osaka and from Kuala Lumpur; 2) visa fees; 3) travel insurance; 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
•The first application deadline: 5.00pm (Japan Standard Time),Tuesday March 31, 2020
•The second application deadline: 5.00pm (Japan Standard Time), Thursday April 30, 2020

◆ Inquiry
Please email univ(a), clearly indicating that your inquiry relates to "Peace Boat's Global University Programme".