National University of Mongolia to cooperate with Okayama University ESD Promotion CenterSociety
January 13-17, 2020 representatives of the Okayama University of Japan worked
at the National University of Mongolia.
During the visit, Ph.D Hiroki Fujii, Director of Okayama University ESD Promotion Center, delivered lectures namely, ‘Innovative Lesson Plans in Creating Asia-Pacific ESD Teacher Competency Framework’ and ‘Innovative Lesson Plans in Japanese Good Practice of Science Lesson incorporating ESD’ for teachers and students of NUM. He also got acquainted with the activity of Ecological Education Center of the NUM and attended a teaching procedure as an observer.
Assistant Professor of Okayama University Hiroko Shibakawa delivered a lecture ‘Study on the Structure of Educational Practice to Promote the Formation of ESD Communities of Practice: Implications from Service Learning Cases in Okayama’ at the scientific conference jointly organized by NUM and Mongolian State University of Education.
In the course of the visit, Ph.D Ts.Amartaivan, deputy director of the Arts and Sciences, NUM, and Ph.D Hiroki Fujii, Director of Okayama University ESD Promotion Center, signed a five-year cooperation agreement with a purpose to improve teaching skills and methodology and scientific works of teachers, exchange experiences mutually and expand bilateral cooperation.
Okayama University is the only university in Asia to hold the UNITWIN/UNESCO chair programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and is a key member of the Okayama Regional Centre of Expertise on ESD (RCE Okayama) established by the United Nations University.
Okayama University launched the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core-to-Core Programme (2017-2019), ‘Formation of International Center of Excellence to Promote Teacher Education on ESD’ with the aim for seven countries in Asia (China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Republic of Korea) to establish core institutions on teacher education for ESD, create academic networks for ESD, and foster future generations of ESD researchers.
Within the frame, Okayama University and National University of Mongolia and Mongolian Education, Economy, Environment Research center NPO jointly organized ‘Mongolia – Japan Joint Teacher Training Programme for ESD: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through Education’ in Okayama, Japan on 15-18 July 2019. Teachers from educational schools of Dornod, Khuvsgul, Darkhan-Uul aimags and Ulaanbaatar city and universities attended the training.