Participants of the special diplomacy course gather in front of the main entrance of TUJ on the final day.

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) held an inaugural special summer course titled “Foundations and Practice of Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific,” attracting 39 students from 15 countries. Participants included TUJ students and participants from renowned institutions such as the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ENAP) in Montréal.

The one-week intensive course, held from May 20 to 24, 2024, was organized by Benoit Hardy-Chartrand, a lecturer of international affairs and political science at TUJ, who also taught some of the sessions. The course provided a comprehensive program on Indo-Pacific diplomacy, featuring insights from various experts and practitioners in the field. The course included visits to the University of Tokyo, the Embassy of Canada, the Embassy of France, and the United Nations University.

Participants from TUJ were undergraduate students majoring in international affairs, international business studies and psychological studies. The visiting participants from INALCO and ENAP were graduate students, including mid-career professionals and diplomats-in-training.

On the first day, May 20, students visited the University of Tokyo for a workshop where participants represented their own countries in a format similar to an international summit. TUJ students distinguished themselves by actively participating in presentations and engaging with questions during the workshop.

Take a glimpse at the photo below during the special diplomacy course:

Students take part in an international summit-style workshop at the University of Tokyo.
A group photo after the visit to the French Embassy with the mascots of the Paris Olympics.
Students visit the Canadian Embassy in Akasaka, Tokyo.

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