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Reaping Real-life Experiences from Exchange Programs: Caring People for a Caring World

By Porntip Kanjananiyot, Executive Director, Thailand-US Educational Foundation (Fulbright)


Amid the advances of science and technology where people seem to be able to get to know one another through cyberspace, we witness increased mobility of people within and across the region. At the same time, people need to learn how to survive comfortably and meaningfully in the multicultural environments.


Despite the greater flow of staff and student in almost every region, from bilateral to multilateral programs like ERASMUS, University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), and ASEAN University Network (AUN), the new requirements arising from the globalization heighten the need for quality international education. Academic exchanges could serve as one of the best ways to acquire real-life experiences for people to be more aware of their role as a global workers/ global citizens whose competence and ethics are essential attributes for a world of harmony.


The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 and implemented in Thailand since 1950, will be cited as a case example of how its embedded value and management have promoted stronger academic and cultural wealth with greater sense of sharing and giving.


The importance of self-assessment is required to ensure success of exchange programs. Furthermore, a big bold step is suggested to include students’ participation in general education subjects, especially in courses relating to social responsibilities, moral and ethical values. The added dimension will promote real-life experiences for all to gradually build their global competence, live happy with physical and psychological comfort, and have greater understanding of and care for others, bringing about harmony of the communities, wherever they may be, so as to have increased responsibilities as genuine caring global citizens.


Caring People for a Caring World!

ข้อเขียนทั้งภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษทุกเรื่องที่นำเสนอโดยมูลนิธิการศึกษาไทย-อเมริกัน (ฟุลไบรท์) ผู้สนใจสามารถจะนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ต่อการเรียนการสอนและกิจกรรมทางการศึกษาที่เกี่ยวข้องได้โดยขอความกรุณาอ้างอิงถึงแหล่งที่มาให้ชัดเจนด้วย


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Reaping Real-life Experiences

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