5 Universities Online Seminar Implementation Report Vol. 3

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, Bangkok time: 15:00-17:00 Japan time 17:00-19:00

An online seminar was held at 5 universities this year, including Keio University friends who have joined OCA activities from the end of last year.

25 students from Chulalongkorn University (7), Mae Fah Luang University (MFU) (4), Chuo University (8), Saitama University (3), and Keio University (3) participated.

In addition, Dr. Sirima, Dr. Worawet, Dr. Kanittha, Dr. Somboon, Dr. Piti from Chulalongkorn University, Dr. Rapipong from MFU, Dr. Komoriya from Chuo University, and other related parties, a total of 36 people gathered on Zoom for the seminar.

The lecturer this time is Dr. KanitthaTambunlertchai, an associate professor of economics at Chulalongkorn University.

Visiting Lecturer at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Thammasat University, BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, MA in Environmental Policy and PhD in Land Economics from Cambridge University

Theme of the seminar “Circular Economy in Japan and Thailand”

Advance preparation for the seminar: Video materials of Professor Kanittha’s lecture content were distributed to participants in Japan and Thailand in advance, and, a preliminary study session on the theme of the seminar was held for Japanese students led by Professor Komoriya of Chuo University on April 8.

On the day of the seminar, Dr. Kanittha explained a summary of the contents of the lecture on “Circular Economy”.

After that, the students were divided into 4 small groups and had a discussion on the following subjects given by her.

  1. What are the difference between Thailand and Japan in terms of waste reduction?
  2. As citizens and consumers, what role do you think you can play in bringing about a more circular economy?
  3. What role do governments and businesses play in helping to bring about a Circular Economy?

At the end of the seminar, OCA called for participants to participate in the summer camp at Kobuchizawa’s “Megami no Mori (Forest of the Goddess)” in August, and explained the schedule for this year’s Japan-Thailand Student Exchange.

Thai students raised their hands to participate in the “Summer Camp” in August.

A Seminar Questionnaire

Excerpt of questionnaire results

Q: How was Professor Kanittha’s lecture?

* I’m not familiar with economics, so I was happy that today’s lecture was a new topic for me.

* Very informative and interesting.

* The examples and the way the economy was explained were very attractive.

Q: Did you understand the lecture?

* I could not secure time to prepare in advance, so I ended up participating with insufficient knowledge.

* Dr. Kanittha’s explanation was good.

* I was able to get inspiration and knowledge from this lecture. I would like to do more research myself.

Q: Do you have any opinions on how and what to discuss in small groups?

* Enjoyed the communication.

* The direction of the teachers assigned to each groom was wonderful.

* Since the time was limited, I believe that it allowed us to brainstorm more creatively and efficiently.

* The topic was clear and the discussion was easy to proceed.

Q: How was the overall time management?

* In my personal opinion, it would have been better if the participants could introduce themselves to each other and have something like an icebreaker.

* I wanted more time for discussion in small groups.

Q: What did you feel or what did you get from participating in this project?

* Today was the first time I participated, but I was inspired.

* I came up with some ideas related to the circular economy.

* The theme of this seminar is hot in the modern world. I would like to pay more attention to this topic in the future.

* I am very interested in community activities and cultural exchanges, so I would like to be more involved in meaningful events of this kind.

* Enjoyed the good content and new knowledge about the circular economy.

* Students shared their experiences related to the topic of discussion. I think it was good that we were able to exchange opinions like this. In the near future, I hope that students from both Thailand and Japan will become friends and have a relationship where they can learn from each other.

Q: What do you expect from future the Thai-Japanese exchange projects?

* Direct discussion.

* Activities for students from both countries to get along.

* I want attend an event that allows cultural exchange.

* I am very positive about this project and would like to know what we have in common in different countries. I would love to meet you again.

Q: Anything else you liked?

* The point that the teacher and management members asked the students to discuss such a good subject.