Global University Program, Summer 2017

||         Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in the Asia-Pacific          ||

1. Understanding the Social Costs of Development
2. Sustainability in Action – the Future We Want
3. Diversity for a Better Society
4. Social Cohesion and Reconciliation to Counter Conflicts

Download the PDF brochure for full program details, application process, and participation terms.

Dates: August 10-28, 2017 (Peace Boat’s 95th Voyage)

Port Programs:

  • Tokyo, Japan (Aug 11-12):
    Understanding the Social Costs of Development
  • Xiamen, China (Aug 18):
    Sustainability in Action – the Future We Want
  • Singapore (Aug 23):
    Diversity for a Better Society
  • Yangoon, Myanmar (Aug 27-28):
    Social Cohesion and Reconciliation to Counter Conflicts


  • Khin OMAR – Democracy and Human Rights Activist, Chair of Advisory Board of Progressive Voice
  • OSHIDARI Kenro – Former UN World Food Program Regional Director for Asia

Special Advisors

  • Jenny AULIN – Managing Advisor, Human Security, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
  • Jayantha DHANAPALA – Senior Special Advisor on Foreign Relations to President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, and Former Under Secretary General of the United Nations


  • KAWASAKI Akira – Executive Committee Member, Peace Boat, and International Steering Group Member, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

How do we achieve peace and justice in society? This question is more pressing today, when the tendency to
secure safety by division and exclusion – rather than cooperation and inclusion – seems to be spreading globally. In
2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals set out targets for the
next 15 years, for countries to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate
change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Among the 17 goals that make up the SDGs, Goal 16 underlines
that peace, justice and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions are at the core of sustainable development.
Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region still face protracted armed conflict and violence, and far too
many people struggle as a result of weak institutions and a lack of access to justice, information and other fundamental
freedoms. Drawing on actual case studies from the Asia-Pacific region, this programme will expose participants
to issues related to poverty and discrimination, environmental issues, migration and conflict. Recognising
that young people are critical agents of change, this programme aims to nurture future leaders, who can promote
social cohesion and human security as forces to build peaceful and inclusive societies.

Program fee: JPY 306,800


  • Between the age of 18 and 35, as of August 10, 2017.
  • The applicant agrees with the project aims and is able to fully participate in the programme in its entirety.
  • The applicant is between the age of 18 and 35 as of 10 August, 2017.
  • The applicant has an adequate command of the English language, sufficient to understand lectures and participate in discussions in English.
  • The applicant has a strong interest in the Asia-Pacific region and has experience of engaging in research or similar activities and/or lives, studies, works in the region.
  • The applicant is confident in his/her ability to cooperate with other participants, regardless of their age and citizenship.
  • The applicant is strongly motivated to further pursue related activities after participation in
    the programme.

Download Application Form Here

Submit application to:
Subject line: “Global University Application”


Round 1 – 17:00, Japan Time, April 30, 2017
Round 2 – 17:00, Japan Time, May 31, 2017