I have the great pleasure to announce a new research page on this blog, which features the full-text Bachelor theses (40-50 pp.), Master theses (60-80 pp.), and State Exam theses (70-130 pp.) written since 2017 within our Lao-German “Bi-directional Teaching and Learning” projects (2015 ff.) and/or resulted from my seminars “Global English(es) & Global Citizenship Education” (B.A.) (2017 ff.) and “Postcolonial Theory & Short Fiction” (M.A.) (2018 ff.).
The unifiying principle and focus of our research has emerged to be “The Internationalisation, Professionalisation, and Decolonisation of Education”.1
This serves the United Nations’ “Agenda of Sustainable Development 2030“2 and specifically the “Sustainable Development Goal #4”: “Quality Education“. These targets set the framework for our international research, teaching practices, and mobilities, as well as for our global actions in areas considered “of critical importance for humanity and the planet” (https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda). In our collaborative project, the guiding principles are (Lao-German) teacher-tandem work, Professional Learning Communities (PLC), and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.
To illustrate the scope of research conducted so far, I also include relevant module-exam papers (ca. 20 pp.). I hereby thank all the authors – present and former students – for their kind permission to publish and share their work on this blog.
The theses and papers presented on the Full-text page were supervised by me (and one other examiner respectively), but of course they were not edited (as blog posts would be edited). They are published here as originally submitted.3
“There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come”, Victor Hugo once famously said, and maybe this goes to explain the strong interest and determination displayed both on the side of the mentors and students.
The authors put a lot of time, effort, and energy into their theses (often much more than they had planned), so let me use this opportunity for thanking you all for
a) noticing and choosing this project and topic,
b) investing your energy and time in this field for so long, and for
c) continuing to keep in touch with the project even after your studies.
I trust your theses will now be read by more and more readers with the same growing interest and fascination that gripped me at the time of first reading them when I started thinking we were maybe starting to build something together which matters.
Text & photo by I. Martin
1 Cf. Martin, I. (2021). “Internationalisation in Higher Education”. (forthcoming)
2 “This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.” https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda
3 An edited volume for a publication in a Springer Series is on the cards for the next sabbatical.
Martin, I. (2021). “Internationalisation in Higher Education: Lao-German tandems – challenges, contexts, perspectives”. In: Khemmarath, S. & Sengsouriya, P. (eds.). Internationalization in Institutions of Higher Education in Lao P.D.R. Conference Proceedings of International Symposium at Savannakhet University (10 October 2019). (20 pp.) (forthcoming)
United Nations. “Sustainable Development”. https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda (last accessed 24 January 2021)