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「アジアにおける持続可能な開発」に関する学生シンポジウムの開催

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「アジアにおける持続可能な開発(sustainable development)の問題」をテーマとした学生シンポジウムが2014年5月24日(土)に、聖心女子大学で行われました。
 本学英語英文学科の学生がBrenda Bushell教授の指導のもと準備にあたり、本学の他に早稲田大学および慶應義塾大学からの学生が合計31名参加しました。
 シンポジウムではグループおよび個人による発表が7件行われ、そのテーマは、持続可能な開発についての教育、人間の権利、女性のエンパワメント、廃棄物処理、持続可能な観光(sustainable tourism )など多岐に渡るものでした。これらの発表は教室での学びのみならず、海外でのフィールドリサーチや、国内及び海外でのインターンシップに重点をおいたものでした。
 聴衆からは多くの質問があり、グループディスカッションで活発な意見交換が行われました。参加した学生の一人は「議論に加わることで、アジアの国々が今後持続可能な社会を実現するためどのように協力していけるかということを深く考えるようになった」と話しました。
 自分と異なる経験や考え方を持った学生の意見を聴くことは貴重な学びの機会となります。今回のシンポジウムに参加した学生は、教室、大学そして社会においてリーダーシップを発揮する自信を得たと思います。

Student Symposium on Sustainable Development in Asia

One of the most valuable learning opportunities for students is when they join together to share their own knowledge and experience on topics which they are deeply interested.
The annual student symposium, organized by students from the University of the Sacred Heart in the Department of English Language and Literature offers just this kind of learning opportunity. The theme of this year’s symposium, held on May 24th, 2014 was “Challenges for Sustainable Society in Asia.” The symposium brought together 31 students from the University of the Sacred Heart, Waseda University and Keio University. The audience included friends of the presenters, professors and two Ph.D candidates: one from Waseda University, and one from Tokyo Gakugei University.
Seven group and individual presentations were given in English, which included topics such as education for sustainable development, human rights, women’s empowerment, waste management, sustainable tourism, as well as a report on a Youth Forum among China, South Korea and Japan. These presenters focused on their field research abroad, internships in Japan and abroad, as well as their classroom research.
The presentations generated much interest, eliciting many questions from the audience. There was also lively exchange during the group discussions after the presentations, with students showing great motivation in sharing opinions and ideas. One student said that joining in the discussions made her think deeply about how Asian countries can collaborate to achieve a sustainable society in the coming years.
This symposium was a great way to learn from others. As one student commented, “Since each student has different experiences and ideas to share, this symposium is like a platform for me to think about what “sustainable society” really means. Perhaps most important, the symposium showcased students’ diverse achievements, and gave them the confidence to take on leadership roles in their classrooms, their universities and communities.

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