Video for an Curtin U. / UNESCO MOOC

At the very beginning of the internship period, I was called into a room with the deputy director of UNESCO Bangkok and my manager to discuss UNESCO’s submission to an Environmental Studies MOOC. A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course, which is basically a course that one can take over the Internet. MOOCs herald themselves as the dawn of a new era in higher … Continue reading Video for an Curtin U. / UNESCO MOOC

A Chapter on Student Mobility in Asia-Pacific

During October, I was in the thick of the internship. I was working on the database, preparing documents and presentations for my manager, proof-reading submitted case studies for a UNESCO publication, and writing UNESCO’s chapter submission to a book about Higher Education Internationalization in Malaysia.  Initially, my manager turned down his friend’s offer to submit a UNESCO perspective chapter to an upcoming book about higher education … Continue reading A Chapter on Student Mobility in Asia-Pacific

Infographic from Project Implementation Data

After having constructed the database, I had to extract a “learning” from the data. The learning that I did extract was a loose sense of the region’s need for more information sharing about the diversity of assessment procedures, assessment criteria, and student’s rights throughout Asia-Pacific. With this in mind, I was assigned to design and construct a summary dashboard of this “learning” to convey to … Continue reading Infographic from Project Implementation Data

Implementation Monitoring Database

UNESCO Bangkok’s main strategy in higher education in Asia-Pacific is aligning the region’s qualifications assessment procedures around ideals of sharing, fairness, and transparency. UNESCO supports regional assessment alignment in the hopes that alignment will help mobile students successfully have their home-country higher education degrees/qualifications recognized when they move to another Asia-Pacific country. The main crux of this strategy is the 1983 Convention, and the revised … Continue reading Implementation Monitoring Database

Public Speaking for UNESCO

Over the course of the internship, I’ve been the emcee for two regional meetings and a panelist during the 16th APEID Conference. As the emcee, I facilitated two meetings both populated by regional stakeholders in education research. As a panelist, I discussed students’ impressions of quality education to an audience of 200 regional stakeholders. These public speaking opportunities were a highlight of the internship. Continue reading Public Speaking for UNESCO

IEDP Blog: Lessons Learned in the 1st Month

Three important thoughts during the first month My advisor: The most educational part of the work-experience is the fact that my advisor understands and communicates that this internship is a part of my education, a large investment of time and money on my behalf, and that internships are rare experiential learning opportunities. My manager reminded me, “We have internships to turn you into a better … Continue reading IEDP Blog: Lessons Learned in the 1st Month

Mixing Languages or Balling Socks?

The purpose of this entry is to share my daily life with my friends and family and to preserve some of my fleeting thoughts. The purpose of my entire blog is to preserve some parts of my experience so that I can look back on these entries and remember what I thought and when I thought it. As this blog turns nine years old, ancient … Continue reading Mixing Languages or Balling Socks?

The Small Discomfort that Accompanies Growth

Humidity – this is a term I coined to refer to the amount of people in an area, sidewalk, mall, etc. Dense humidity means that there are many people physically occupying the space.   I would not say I am experiencing culture shock, but rather a bit of urban lifestyle growing pains. I am happy to feel the small agitating discomfort that accompanies growth. The … Continue reading The Small Discomfort that Accompanies Growth

The First Day in Bangkok

~ the musings around moving into my new apartment At first I was not “in love” with my apartment. I had spent the last seven days in a marvelous AirBnB in Saigon and my simple dormitory-style room had potential to be comfortable, but wasn’t entirely ready for me. Fortunately, Andreas and I almost immediately left the room and went to the Thai version of Walmart; … Continue reading The First Day in Bangkok

Back in Southeast Asia

I felt a twinge of excitement in my heart when I arrived at Taipei International Airport. I was excited to be back in Asia. Surrounded by a sense of new adventure and familiarity. It was fun to order Taiwanese foods and rediscover items in the convenience stores while I waited for my flight to Vietnam.   And then I felt a thud in my heart … Continue reading Back in Southeast Asia

The Small Stories in Cambodia.

In June 2014, I spent roughly a week and a half in Cambodia. This was after visiting family in Turkey and before I moved to Vietnam. Memories from this trip are both scattered and vivid. Because my memory is hazy, I seem to just appear places already doing something. The way we appear in dreams already doing something, with no idea how we got there. … Continue reading The Small Stories in Cambodia.

Transitions to Marketization: Vietnam and Poland

  Executive Summary The following essay focuses on the challenges and successes of Vietnam’s higher education system since marketization in 1986. The essay explores the initial reforms, demands, and requirements of the knowledge economy on modern Vietnam. The essay draws on the experience of Poland’s post-soviet marketization to offer strategies of public-fees, expansion of the private sector, and loan incentives. The essay will justify how … Continue reading Transitions to Marketization: Vietnam and Poland

Lessons from Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse

The following paper explores the motives, policies, and impact of the initial 2002-2011 phase of Singapore’s hub building Global Schoolhouse strategy (GSH) . It examines the economic, labor-market, and demographic concerns that motivated the Singaporean government to aggressively internationalize higher education. The paper argues that the political backlash that forced the Singaporean government to de-internationalize GSH’s targets has also been the catalyst for a firmer … Continue reading Lessons from Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse

Thoughts on Traditional Marriage vs. Modern Saigon

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the trouble my co-worker has taken on as a young housewife. She is maybe only twenty-two and married into a family that traditionally expects her to do all the housework. She wakes up at 5 A.M. to clean all the floors of her husband’s families home. Then she cooks three meals for the day and arrives at work by eight. … Continue reading Thoughts on Traditional Marriage vs. Modern Saigon

The Quantitative Challenge to Vietnamese Higher Education

In 1986, Vietnam began to open and decentralize its’ economy. This policy shift is termed Doi Moi | Rejuvenation. For our purposes, the story of Vietnam’s educational advancement will begin here. Until Doi Moi private enterprise including educational ventures were largely prohibited. Tertiary: a collective noun for both university (bachelors+) and college (associates) institutes. Tertiary Institutes since Doi Moi   1987 1997 2009 2010 Total … Continue reading The Quantitative Challenge to Vietnamese Higher Education

Challenges in Learning Vietnamese

When I was fifteen I started studying Japanese. At that time, I learned very quickly and rarely forgot anything, but ten years later, at twenty-five, my learning process for Vietnamese is quite different. Considering that I will live in Vietnam for one year, I have much less skill to show for my effort relative to the year I spent in Japan. The following will explore … Continue reading Challenges in Learning Vietnamese

Vietnamese Writings March 2015

Where I want to Live: March 27th   Anh không chắc chắn là anh muốn sống ở đâu. Tuy nhiên, anh chắc chắn là anh muốn sống ở nước có khí hâu nóng. Anh nghĩ anh không muốn sống ở nước mỹ. Có thể, anh nên sống ở miền nam Châu Á. anh thích singapore, bangkok, australia, việt nam hơn. Nếu anh may mắn, nghề … Continue reading Vietnamese Writings March 2015

On the Japanese & Vietnamese Language

Simply put the Japanese and Vietnamese language share in common Chinese influence. This influence can be readily seen in modern vocabulary and be inferred from the writing systems both past and present. Although their shared heritage is well documented by linguists and historical fact, I stumbled upon it myself over the last three months of learning Vietnamese. Continue reading On the Japanese & Vietnamese Language