The month before turning 29

These are thoughts and activities from August – September 2018 Our trip to Bangkok began with Trinh and I playing billiards in the Saigon Airport Bar. This is the only place where we ever play billiards, despite the fact that the ground floor of Trinh’s house is a billiards saloon. I guess that with the airport’s windows looking out on taxi-ing planes, fancy drinks served … Continue reading The month before turning 29

Friends in Bangkok

In 2009, I summed up the season in London by what I learned from the new and old friends that grew as I wandered through the UK and Europe; An Early Conclusion (2009). I’ll sum up the nine-month season in Bangkok in just the same way. Trinh’s willingness to fly to Bangkok at least once a month made our regional relationship simpler. We shared a new … Continue reading Friends in Bangkok

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