Economics "Programme for Special Exchange Students" (Winter Term 2019/2020) (2 December 2019 – 31 January 2020)

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From 2 December 2019 to 31 January 2020, as part of its "Programme for Special Exchange Students", the Graduate School of Economics enrolled nine undergraduate students from four partner institutions in its "International Graduate Programme for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies (East Asia Programme)". The students were from Thammasat University (Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Political Science), Kasetsart University (Faculty of Economics), and Chiang Mai University (Faculty of Economics), Thailand, and Gadjah Mada University (Faculty of Economics and Business), Indonesia. The Programme was organized under the Wild & Wise Collaborative Learning Program with support from Kyoto University.

The undergraduates joined regular East Asia Programme students in attending lectures by the Graduate School's faculty and invited scholars (Project Professors of the Social Sciences and Humanities Unit for the Top Global Course), deepening their understanding of economic development and sustainability.

The exchange students also took part in fieldtrips, held with support from the prefecture of Kyoto, visiting Keihanna Open Innovation Center @ KYOTO (KICK), Uji Tea Ceremony Hall "Takumi-no Yakata", and Byodoin Temple. The trips were part of an East Asia Programme course, "Field Research in Japan", and joined by KyotoU students taking the course or interested in studying abroad. The program also included a special lecture, "Japan at Play".

Through these activities and exchanges with KyotoU students, the participants from Thailand and Indonesia experienced the educational environment of the University, and the natural, cultural, and industrial features of Kyoto Prefecture. The organizers hope that these experiences will contribute to the future academic and professional development of all who took part in the Programme.

At the orientation

A drone photo of the fieldtrip participants, taken at Keihanna Open Innovation Center @ KYOTO (KICK)

Tea-tasting game at Uji Tea Ceremony Hall

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