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IDPP Prepares for Two-Week Residency for Incoming Master’s Candidates

Mahidol University entrance signWhile the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN region is based on virtual cyberlearning principles, it looks forward to the upcoming two week residency in Thailand. The residency period will introduce the first cohort of participants in the Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP). The residency will be held at Mahidol University in Bangkok from July 18-29, and will mark the official start of the CIDP program.

The residency is designed as an opportunity for students enrolled in the program to meet face-to-face with faculty and peers, with whom they will be working virtually throughout the duration of the Master’s program. It is intended to serve as both an academic and a community-building forum.

Faculty chats on ASEAN affairs, cross-cultural communication, social entrepreneurship, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be given by renowned figures in the disability rights, ASEAN studies, and public policy fields. Speakers include Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Chairman of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies and the ad-hoc committee that created and negotiated the CRPD, Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission, and former Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States; Dr. Nanette Levinson, Associate Professor at American University’s School of International Service, former Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), and former Chair of the International Communication Section at the International Studies Association; Dr. Amitav Acharya, UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance, Professor of International Relations, and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center at American University’s School of International Service; Dr. Pek Koon Heng, Assistant Professor, Director of the ASEAN Studies Center, and manager of the Insular Southeast Asia Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department Foreign Service Institute; and members of the Intercultural Management Institute, one of the world’s oldest professional cross-cultural education providers.

Social activities and academic roundtables will allow MA candidates, faculty, and partner institutions to become acquainted with each other. Incoming MA candidates will also have the chance to familiarize themselves with the collaborative technologies that will facilitate learning in the CIDP program.

The two-week residency will also coincide with the first Annual Meeting of the IDPP, including its inaugural board meeting.