The United Nations University Institute in Macau successfully hosted the 2016 Georgia Tech Study Abroad Program in Macau from May 20 to July 1. The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology sent a group of students, three graduates and six undergraduates, to spend six weeks at UNU Institute in Macau to study science, technology and international affairs. The program was led by Prof Fei-Ling Wang with assistance from the UNU Institute in Macau research staff. The students, majoring in international affairs or engineering, took classes and engaged in research activities on information and computing technologies (ICTs) and society. Under the supervision of the UNU Institute in Macau research staff, the Georgia Tech students studied and presented on the following research topics: “ICTs and Myanmar political and technological transformations,” “Social and formal media tracking for crisis response and election monitoring,” and “ICTs and peacekeeping operations and innovation.” The graduate students also wrote and presented their research papers on “ICT policy and the Economic Development in Japan and Taiwan,” “ICTs and state security and national defense,” and “Internet in China.”
In addition, the students had field trips in Macau and Hong Kong and the Program invited guest professors from The University of Hong Kong and The University of Macau to discuss local society, culture, and politics. The students also traveled to the neighboring Chinese Mainland, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.
This is the first cooperative and intensive research and educational program organized by UNU Institute in Macau in partnership with a US university. The Georgia Tech students reported that it was a great, eye-opening even “life-changing” experience for them. The Georgia Tech students were exposed to the cutting edge research on ICTs and development, studied the links and interactions between science and technology and international relations, and explored culture and society in Asia especially Greater China. Their interaction with the international research staff at UNU Institute in Macau has been particularly a wonderful educational opportunity.
Georgia Tech students with UNU Institute in Macau researcher Becky Im at the ruins of St. Paul, Macau