“What a wonderful week” says Sabrina at the end of teaching her summer school in Thailand. The last day, the students had to present their country’s position on Killer Robots, a very topical issue currently considered by the United Nations.
Killer robots, our MUN topic
The students were prepared, keen to prove their argument and defend their team’s interests. The exercise required research and preparation, but also courage as the students were asked to present in English on a topic on which few of them had any prior knowledge. Not to be deterred, these stars performed beyond expectations and enjoyed a lively debate that displayed all their talents!
Our students presenting their positions
Our cohort in Thailand developing their teamwork and presentation skills
Preparing for the debate
Sabrina worked closely with the faculty to identify their needs post-summer school. They proposed creating a community of academics through Professors Without Borders to give feedback on oral presentations and help improve their reach and confidence for conferences and other public lectures. This is something we may develop in the future.
We also explored the possibility of expanding in Asia, with potential partners in Chiang Mai, Laos and Cambodia.
The mostly female faculty
To crown the end of a successful summer school in Thailand, Sabrina made the most of the excellent culinary offerings. When in Bangkok…
Enjoying the local culinary delights
Our feedback from the faculty and students in Bangkok? A great program, but they would like more students to have access and more lecturers involved. We consider that promising!