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By Flavia Brakling

Question number 24 asks the agreement level—strongly agree, agree, neither agree nor disagree, disagree, strongly disagree, or not applicable—of the following statement: “I am learning about the interaction of cultures globally and becoming a ‘world citizen.’”
This statement is at the heart of what HPU tries to provide to students.
HPU currently has more than 1,600 international students from 100 countries and offers exchange programs in Australia, France, Monaco, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Thailand. These numbers are seen in classes and on campus, where students from different national and cultural backgrounds interact daily.
“ I have learned a lot with the students in my EFP classes,” said Barbara Martin, an HPU student from Curitiba, Brazil.
“ They learned with me too. My friends from Japan used to greet me with a ‘Hi, how are you?’ But after they saw me greeting my Brazilian friends with a kiss on the cheek, they changed. Now we always kiss when we meet. ”
HPU students constantly share information with each other about their countries and their cultures. With more understanding about international diversities, students learn about global citizenship.
At HPU, students are exposed to cultural diversities. It depends upon each individual to go deeper and seek for different ways of communication to keep them well informed and on track to become a “world citizen.”
Editor’s note: The writer participated in several of HPU’s Global Citizenship Symposiums.

Symposium Schedule

Nov. 5 at the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus.

I. Registration and continental breakfast: 8:30-9 a.m.
II. Opening remarks: 9-9:15 a.m.
III. Keynote speaker: 9:15-10 a.m.
IV. Short workshop on effective and mindful feedback and communication & description of break-out sessions: 10-10:15 a.m.
V. Break-out sessions:
10:15-10:45 Student presentation #1 (10 min pres, 20 for Q&A)
10:45-11:15 Student presentation #2 (10 min pres, 20 for Q&A)
11:15-11:45 Student presentation #3 (10 min pres, 20 for Q&A)
11:45-12:15 Reflection session
VI. Lunch: 12:15-12:40
VII. Group reports and closing remarks: 12:40-1




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