SAIMS

文部科学省 大学の世界展開力強化事業 ~海外との戦略的高等教育連携支援~

Re-Inventing Japan Project –Support for Strategic Higher Education Cooperation with Overseas–

Student Voices



Mahidol University (MU)

THAILAND

2014年秋学期留学 (Fall 2014)

外国語学部英語学科 (Faculty of Foreign Studies)

千 和起子さん Wakiko Sen

本プログラムでは自分が日本を代表してASEANの国に派遣されているという自覚を持って留学するので、一般留学に比べてさらに留学先の生活スタイルや人々に対して積極的に近づいていくことができたと思う。また、他のASEANの国々からの留学生とも知り合うことができ、国境を越えた本プログラムのつながりを体感することができた。ヨーロッパやアメリカなどから留学に来た学生と知り合いお互いの国の教育や文化について語り合う機会でもあり、様々な国や地域の人の考えを聞くことができる場でもあった。英語圏への留学が人気な中、衛生面や治安の問題などを考えると東南アジアへの留学は抵抗を感じる人もいるかもしれない。しかし、大学や寮の周辺は特に安全だったように思うし、衛生面も問題なかった。では欧米ではなくあえて東南アジアを選ぶ理由は何なのか。それは、何でも手に入る生活から離れ、日本や世界を客観的に見ることにあると思う。東南アジアというと急速に発展してきている印象があった一方で、当然のことながら水道水は飲めない、バスや電車には一切時刻表がないなど日本と比べると不便なこともいくつかあった。このように自分が当たり前だと思っていた何かが「無い」環境に身を置けるのは大学生だからこそできる本当に貴重な体験だと思う。東南アジアの発展、世界の発展のために何ができるか考えることは、日本や自分について考えるチャンスではないだろうか。留学に来ている世界中の学生と知り合うことが出来るのも素敵な経験だと思う。東南アジアに留学するだけあって皆面白い人たちばかりなので学ぶことも多かったし、寮で毎日のように夜遅くまで語り合うなどいい刺激をもらうことができた。東南アジアに興味がある方はもちろん、様々な面で充実した留学を経験したい方にお勧めしたい。

The SAIMS program requires its exchange students to have self-awareness of being sent to an ASEAN country as a representative of Japan. This helps foster a more proactive attitude in approaching the local people and culture, compared to ordinary study abroad programs. Another advantage of the program is that you get to know other exchange students participating in the program from other ASEAN countries and experience at first hand the aim of the program, that is, to promote cross-border interaction between students. You will also have chances to become acquainted with international students from Europe and the U.S., share information, and exchange views on various topics like education and cultures of each other’s countries. I suppose English-speaking countries are the most popular destinations for studying abroad. Some people may have worries about the hygiene and security conditions of South East Asia. However, the neighborhood surrounding the university and dormitory seemed to be particularly safe, and I didn’t see any problems with the hygiene. What’s the point in choosing South East Asia and not one of the Western countries? …It is to put yourself away from our daily lives in Japan where almost everything is available ready at hand, and view Japan and the world objectively. While South East Asia has been rapidly developing, you will find some things are still not as convenient as in Japan. For instance, you can’t drink tap water, and there is no time schedule for buses and trains. Placing yourself in an environment where you can’t get what you usually take for granted is a valuable experience that one should seek while still a student. It would give you a chance to think about what you can do to contribute to the development of South East Asia and the world and at the same time reflect on Japan and yourself. It’s also a wonderful experience to get to know international students visiting the university from around the world. You know, they all have chosen to come to South East Asia for studying, which means that they are interesting people a bit different from the average person. I learned a lot from my fellow exchange students and talked with them until late almost every night in the dormitory. I recommend the SAIMS program to students who wish to have an experience fulfilling in many ways, not to mention those who are interested in South East Asia.

【履修科目】

Introduction to Ethnicity and Nationalism in Southeast Asia
Introduction to Archaeology
Film Studies
Cross-Cultural Management