- 1 Thailand 2019: PROWIBO in the Press
- 2 2019 Professors Without Borders Program Tour: Sierra Leone
- 3 SWU 2019: The Student Highlight Reel
- 4 Formal Debates, A Reflection Exercise and the Closing Ceremony
- 5 Examining the SDGs, Making Connections and Group Presentations
- 6 A Community Walk, A Video Project and A Visit to the UN
- 7 Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals and Examining Gender Equality in Higher Education
- 8 Thailand 2019: First Day Thoughts
- 9 2019 Professors Without Borders Program Tour: Thailand
This year PROWIBO is aiming high! We are hosting 5 Short Courses in institutions around the world and sending 15 academics and professionals around the world to teach over 500 students.
After an exciting program at Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) in Bangkok, Thailand, we will be returning to Freetown, Sierra Leone for our second short course with the Institution of Public Administration and Management (IPAM). The short course at IPAM begins on July 22nd and runs until August 2nd.
IPAM was founded in 1980 in Freetown, Sierra Leone and is affiliated with the University of Sierra Leone. IPAM provides students with a well-rounded list of degrees, offering courses in banking and finance, accounting, information systems and technology, business administration, entrepreneurship and governance and leadership.
We are thrilled to welcome Charlie Dove-Edwin, George Richards, Mark Horne, Charlotte Wells and Majeks Walker, PROWIBO Co-founder and Director of Operations, to the 2019 team. This year, our lecturers have produced an exciting lineup of courses that includes finance, criminology, psychology, law and communications.
Meet the 2019 Team
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At the 2019 PROWIBO summer school at Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) in Thailand, Rachel Warnick taught a 5-days course titled “Contemporary Communications”, where students had to analyze the global and regional applications of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by taking part in exercises, such as a Community Walk and a Modern Media Activity.
In the Community Walk exercise, students had to walk around campus and identify some of the potential challenges to the SDGs in their own community. The students in Group 6 noticed that inefficient trash disposal was a big problem around campus, and as a solution proposed that the university start spreading more information on the threat of trash mismanagement for the environment.
Walking around Bangkok, students also noticed that the excess of construction sites throughout the city also pose a challenge to the SDGs, as they account not only for the destruction of animal’s natural habitats but for the increase of earth’s temperatures.
For the Modern Media Activity, students were required to combine their knowledge on SDGs with personal perspectives and create a 2-3 minute video inspired by their community walk. Students in Group 9 tackled gender inequality when addressing global citizenship. They acknowledged that gender and LGBT rights are not always culturally accepted, but that if gender equality is in disparity it can create problems in society. As a solution, they proposed the implementation of unisex toilets.
Our third summer school at SWU in Bangkok, Thailand has officially come to an end. With a week-long intensive course and a conference on gender equality and higher education, this year’s program may have been our most ambitious program in Thailand yet! Please enjoy the latest and final video diary from Rachel, where she takes us through the last day of the summer school at SWU.
The students began the day by participating in formal debates, where they were able to practice their argument and persuasion skills. Following an informative session, the class then returned to their video projects. Rachel asked the students reviewed their group videos and personal video diaries to give the students the opportunity to track their progress and highlight areas to improve in the future.
After a reflection exercise, where students evaluated and debriefed from the week-long experience, SWU hosted the official closing ceremony of the 2019 PROWIBO summer school.
Enjoy this video diary from Rachel with a behind the scenes look at fourth day teaching students at SWU:
Yesterday students were instructed to look at the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a holistic manner, looking at fictional case studies and preparing group presentations.
Students had to analyze case studies from fictional countries and select the SDGs that they felt deserved priority in each case and why. Following that, the students prepared a group presentation defending their choice of SDGs to the class. They were then evaluated based on their persuasion skills and argument.
Many thanks to Rachel for sharing positive feedback from students and staff at SWU.
Our summer school in Bangkok continues with an interactive assignment and a visit to the UN in Thailand.
Enjoy this video diary from Rachel, where she walks us through her third day of teaching students at SWU.
Tessy, Rachel, Lorna and Dr. Sipim Sornbanlang of SWU visited the offices of UNAIDS Asia Pacific and UN Development Asia-Pacific for an informal brainstorming session. They were joined by Chiptas Tant Kridakon, Deputy Secretary of the Democrat Party, Louise, the wife of the ambassador of Luxembourg to Thailand, and Chompoo Chompoonutjinda of the Thai Foreign Office. Tessy expressed how she was honoured to have met the UNAIDS team in Thailand.
At SWU Rachel began her third day with an interactive assignment for the students. Rachel instructed the students to walk around campus looking for examples of the needs for UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and identify existing solutions to justify the SDGs that were already put in place in the community.
Following the exercise, the students began to work on a small video project, which will address the questions Rachel raised on the possible connections between the global and local applicability of the SDGs.
The evening ended with a heartfelt goodbye to Tessy, whose time in Thailand has come to an end for now.
Our summer school in Thailand continues! On Wednesday Rachel returned to SWU to give a communications lecture on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). After concluding her second teaching day, Rachel joined Women, Development and Higher Education, PROWIBO’s first conference in Asia, at the Pullman Hotel.
Rachel was a speaker on the third panel, that examined how to improve conditions for networking, mentoring and recruiting women. Her fellow panelists included Brittani Barger, a part-time paralegal and Deputy Editor of Royal Central – and Dr. Li-ying Wu, an Associate Professor at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Many thanks to the panelists, moderators, and participants of Women, Development and Higher Education.
Following the Opening Ceremony, PROWIBO co-founder Tessy de Nassau meet with the adminstration of SWU for the official signing of the second MOU between SWU and PROWIBO. The President of SWU attended the event and members of the university and PROWIBO exchanged gifts before enjoying a traditional Thai lunch together.
After the ceremony and lunch, Tessy and Rachel, who were joined by Brittani Barger and Hon. Lorna Mae Johnson, went to SWU for the official start of the 2019 summer school at SWU. After a guest lecture from Tessy, Rachel asked the students to participate in a class activity. The day ended with the professors debriefing and planning for the days ahead and a wonderful dinner with the team.
Many thanks to the administration and team at SWU, Rachel and Tessy for a fantastic start to the program!
Professors Without Borders is back to host our 2019 short courses! This year, we will be hosting 5 programs and sending 15 academics and professionals around the world to teach over 500 students. Our short courses are based in the London School of Economics summer school model to give students the opportunity to be fully immersed in the learning experience. Since 2018, half of all of our short courses have been delivered at women-only institutions.
Starting on July 1, we will return for our third short course at Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) in Bangkok, Thailand.
SWU was founded in 1974. The philosophy of the university is to utilize higher education to promote growth in five key areas: faith (self-awareness), sacred precepts (ethics), attentiveness (continuous learning), abandonment (generosity), and wisdom. The university began with six faculties the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Humanities and Science, the Faculty of Social Science, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Physical Education, and the Graduate School.
Rachel Warnick, PROWIBO veteran, will be teaching a course titled “Contemporary Communications”. Rachel first volunteered with PROWIBO in 2018 as a member of our all-female program at the Karamat Husain Muslim Girls PG College Lucknow, India.
Rachel’s course will examine the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a springboard for building 21st-century communication skills and will feature a special guest lecture from Tessy de Nassau, PROWIBO Co-founder and Director of Logistics.
This summer our program expands beyond the classroom. On July 2nd, PROWIBO in partnership with LSE Ideas, Gulf Futures Center and Srinakharinwirot University, will host Women, Development and Higher Education. This event aims to bring together stakeholders from education, NGOs, businesses and policymakers to address the difficult questions of reaching gender parity and the role that higher education has to play in this process. Speakers include: Dr. Sipim Sornbanlang of SWU, Tessy de Nassau and Rachel Warnick of PROWIBO and many more!
We are so excited to be kicking off the program cycle with such a great team! Make sure to follow PROWIBO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin to stay up to date on our short courses and events and follow our 2019 Blog to read updates from our lecturers.