National Institute of Technology, Toyota CollegePosition –
Associate ProfessorTitle –
In this research, we report on three international exchange events conducted in 2022 as part of the Global Engineering Development Project "Developing Students' Global Mindset through the 'Use' of English. Through these activities, the results of a questionnaire (Knowledge/Understanding, Skills, Attitudes/Values) based on global citizenship were reported and discussed.
An online video contest was held connecting Japan and other countries as an international exchange activity during the Corona Disaster. In this activity, a private company presented an issue to achieve the SDGs. Our students and students from overseas paired up and proposed a solution to the issue by creating a video. This project took about six months, from the presentation of the project's purpose to the completion of the final video. We also held the second TEDx Toyota KOSEN, inviting six groups of seven speakers from Japan and other countries. The theme of this TEDx was to propose ideas related to the SDGs. The students were involved in the planning, preparing, and implementing of the event for more than four months. As an international exchange activity after the Corona disaster, 19 students from KMUTT, Thailand's KOSEN, were accepted. The students participated in the event by leading class tours and introducing Japanese culture.
Sixty students who participated in these activities were asked to complete a questionnaire about their international-related skills and awareness. Comparing the mean values of each item before and after participation, we found that all items increased, suggesting that international exchange activities have contributed significantly to improving students' global citizenship. The items with the highest mean values, before and after participation, were those related to Attitude/Values. Conversely, the items with the lowest mean values were those related to Knowledge/Understanding. Among them, the items related to Knowledge/Understanding showed a tremendous increase before and after the activities than the other items. This change may be because the students were involved in the event for a long time, including the preparation period, and worked on the SDGs issues.