Innovative learning opportunities without bordersMay 9, 2022
Hoping for a sooner return to complete normalcy on our campus, GraSPP has been trying to provide students with alternative and complementary means of learning from the onset of COVID-19. Most of the courses were almost entirely given online during the past two years. The online course offering since April 2020, however, has opened our eyes to innovative forms of education. For example, physical distance is not a binding constraint anymore, thanks to the university-wide efforts to introduce various support systems. International students waiting to enter Japan can take courses. We can connect students with professionals willing to support our educational programs from abroad.
One of the online courses offered last semester, “Finance and Development in Emerging Asia” was an excellent example. As a practical training course with an active learning approach, students had the opportunity to do a policy planning exercise by preparing a policy proposal in the following three fields—infrastructure development; enterprise development; and environmental, social, and governance (ESG).
At the final presentation of their policy papers on December 18 and 20, 2021, the following renowned professionals are invited as guest advisers from different time zones.
(Family names in alphabetical order)
Mr. Yosuke Izumi, Vice President-Product Management, Nuveen Japan Co. Ltd.
Mr. Octavio B. Peralta, President of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO); and former Secretary-General for Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)
Mr. Agung Bayu Purwoko, Deputy Director, Department of Payment System Policy, Bank Indonesia (central bank)
Dr. Arnita Rishanty, Research Centre, Bank Indonesia (central bank)
Dr. Karthik Varada, Project Academic Specialist, Mohammed bin Salman Center for Future Science and Technology for Saudi-Japan Vision 2030
Mr. Kotaro Yamabe, Director, Music Securities, Inc.
Ms. Yuki Yasui, Asia Pacific Region Coordination Manager, United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)
Voices of students
“As we continue working on our paper, we often get confined within the perspective we are nurturing. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the new perspectives and critics from real-life practitioners to enrich our work.”—Fayyaz Sadman
“Having Bank Indonesia as one of the main stakeholders in my presentation was a great experience. Mr. Agung’s comment helped improve the quality of paper, and it allows me to expand my network with Bank Indonesia as well!”—Hadid Windoro
“It was very nerve-wracking to bring a proposal forward in front of experts. However, they gave solid and supportive feedback that can improve my paper and mind-opening suggestions to help me think outside of the box.”—Hirzi Hasan
“The comments and insights provided by the guest advisers were invaluable for my policy proposal. The depth of their knowledge addressed the confusion I had while preparing my work. Furthermore, listening to the presentations of my classmates and the comments that came after also helped me formulate more ideas.”—Luche Bianca Feliciano Tanael
“My experience at the guest advisers’ sessions was very positive. The guest advisers gave insightful, constructive, and precise remarks to all students throughout the session. They shared their vast knowledge of each subject alongside their extensive experience working with finance and development.”—Kamila De Sousa Aben Athar Alencar
“The comments and advice given by the guest advisers made it an exciting opportunity for me to get new ideas and learn from those professionals with ample experience in different fields.”—Rakhshona Nabibullaeva
“I appreciated the professional advice from guest advisers, especially the concept of double materiality, which will be essential for my policy paper.”—Runzhou Lei
“I realized that I should do more in-depth research on the current policy adaptation: the leading institute, the SDGs, the similar cases in other countries, the implementation of the policy proposal, and how they really work. Furthermore, Dr. Arnita Rishanty’s talk was most precious to me.”—Zolzaya Enkhtur