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In August 2018, an eight-day international seminar will take place at Hiroshima University in Japan Hiroshima University, JMU’s Center for Global Engagement, and JMU’s Honors College, along with the scholarship from Hiroshima University and Japanese government, will fully support the participation of two outstanding JMU undergraduates in this seminar.

JMU is a member of an organization called the International Network of Universities (INU). The INU’s members include institutions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. The annual INU summer seminar brings together students from INU universities to consider global citizenship and peace and to investigate a certain theme. This year’s theme is “Food and Water Insecurity."

The eight-day seminar involves a series of lectures, workshops, and role-plays led by professors from INU member universities. The summer school also involves special visits to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum and the annual Peace Memorial Service (which takes place on the morning of August 6, the day that and American airplane dropped the atomic bomb over central Hiroshima). Please see the attached flyer for more information on the seminar.

As noted above, Hiroshima University, the Office of International Programs, and the Honors College will support two students’ participation in the 2018 summer seminar; at least one of these students will be an honors student. Specifically, airfare, round-trip transportation from a Washington airport, and all program fees (including admission to the museum and the memorial service) will be covered. Students will be able to apply for JASSO scholarship, in the amount of 80,000 yen, which will cover accommodation and meals and will come in a form of reimbursement. Students should also budget $200-$300 for incidental costs.

Program dates

The academic program of the summer seminar will begin on August 4, 2018 and conclude on the evening of August 12, 2018. Students wishing to apply to the seminar should be available from August 2, 2018 through August 13, 2018.


Previous participants have found the Hiroshima seminar to be an extremely rewarding academic and life experience. Any student who will return to JMU for studies in Fall 2018 may apply to the 2018 seminar.

If you meet the conditions listed above and would like to apply, please (a) make sure that you are available from August 2, 2018 – August 13, 2018, and (b) take the following steps:

(1) Complete the application form.

(2) Write a 2-3 page, double-spaced essay that presents a cogent response to the following prompt:

In 1947 the UN affirmed the right of all to adequate food, and in 2010 access to clean drinking water and sanitation were declared rights. With the world population growing to nine billion in 2050, pressures on the availability of food and water are on the rise – food demand by 2050 is expected to increase 70% on the present. Added to the pressures of population growth are the consequences of global conflict, widespread poverty, and crucially, the impact of global climate change. 

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals address both Food Security and Water and Sanitation, placing them in the context of sustainable development. In 2018 the INU program on Global Citizenship and Peace will examine how states and the institutions of the international system are responding to these challenges, and the implications that they have for global politics when considered more broadly. 

In your essay, consider the range of approaches that intergovernmental institutions, have taken to promote either (a) food security or (b) access to clean drinking water and sanitation. Which approaches to these pressing issues have been most successful, and which approaches have been least successful? Answer with regard to developments in two specific countries or world regions.

(3) Send the application document and the essay (as two separate MS Word files) to Ms. Emily Wishon ( in JMU’s Center for Global Engagement. All materials must be received by FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of JMU faculty members.


Questions about the seminar and the application process may be addressed to Ms. Wishon (

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