About the Program

【Program Name】

“PEACE” Student Exchange Program

PEACE = Project of Effective Action with CLMV’s Education to Promote the Capacity of Research and Social Planning for Peaceful, Inclusive and Sustainable Development

【Program Period】

2016 – 2020

【Number of Students to be Exchanged】

Inbound: 46 – 49 per year
Outbound: 44 – 50 per year

【Program Goal & Expected Outcomes】


In order to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hiroshima University aims to educate future professional resources personnel, who will contribute their knowledge and skills to the improvement of social infrastructure in Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos (CLMV countries) and Thailand.

Outcome (Competencies):

In order to educate future professional resource personnel who can achieve UN’s SDGs for sustainable development, we will develop their competencies so that they can turn those concepts and goals into concrete public projects and businesses. In particular, this project (“PEACE” Student Exchange Program) aims to develop the following two types of capacities:

  • Research Capacity―the ability to clarify issues and challenges by scientifically determining the cause(s) of the problem, through the analysis of large amounts of data accumulated in the past.
  • Social Planning Capacity―the ability to design, based on a full understanding of the cause(s) of the problem, a concrete and creative business or policy, and a willingness to put it into action.

Outcome (Human Resources):

The PEACE Student Exchange Program educates future professional resources personnel, who, equipped with “Research Capacity” and “Social Planning Capacity,” will contribute to the improvement of infrastructure in various fields related to SDGs. They are, for example: ①Planners of a development project or public policy makers; ②Project planners in private sectors; ③Environmental scientists; ④Food producers and food managers; ⑤Doctors who engage in sanitation and preventive medical care; ⑥Urban planning engineers; ⑦Teachers responsible for STEM education; ⑧Coordinators who promote international understanding; ⑨Japanese language and Japanese culture experts who disseminate the knowledge and experiences of Japan; ⑩Managers of an entrepreneurial venture.

【Education Program】

In order to develop the two competencies described above, Hiroshima University, in collaboration with Hiroshima University of Economics, offers the following range of courses, internship, and seminars:

  1. SDGs Professional Education: Core courses  (a total of 271 courses by two universities combined taught in English).
  2. ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and Japanese Language Education: A total of 14 ESP courses and 38 Japanese courses by two universities combined.
  3. “Study on International Issues and Challenges”: Both universities will provide their international students with consistent guidance on how to design an independent study from the stage of planning to that of presentation.
  4. SDGs Entrepreneurship Education: Courses in English on international business or development policy making (a total of 21 courses by two universities combined).
  5. Global Internship: “G.ecbo Global Internship,” a special program offered by Hiroshima University, and “Koudoukan” (overseas volunteer work and management practice) offered by Hiroshima University of Economics, in collaboration with international organizations (e.g., JICA), private companies and corporations (e.g., Fukken Co., Ltd.), and public agencies (e.g., Hiroshima Prefectural Government) in Japan (Hiroshima) as well as in CLMV countries.
  6. ”PEACE-SDGs Idea Mining Student Seminar”: International joint seminars at Hiroshima University and CLMV universities on how to design highly feasible policies, public projects, and new businesses, using the methods of data and text mining. Possible participants for the seminars will be students from our partner universities in Japan, South Asia, Europe, and the United States.