Making a Change with Mapua University - Closing Ceremony


OUS and Mapua University “Flip” for Their Second Online Cultural Exchange Activity
On Wednesday, December 12th, Okayama University of Science (OUS) and Mapúa University (MU) in the Philippines concluded this year’s Flip activity, entitled “Making a Change,” with a closing ceremony organized by the OUS Global Center and MU Office of International Careers and Exchange Program entitled “Making a Change.” The ceremony began with opening words from Ms. Yoko Maekawa, faculty supervisor of the Global Center.
Next, OUS and MU participants answered the Question of the Day: If you could spend the holidays in any location, where it be?
Participants then went into breakout rooms to discuss their favorite stories, what they learned, and how they will use what they learned in the future. After the discussions, participants reconvened in the main room, and a representative from each group shared what they discussed. Along with the stories, many students from both universities particularly enjoyed using SpatialChat, a webpage allowing them to freely move around in a virtual open space where they could share pictures and have conversations on their chosen topics.

The stories discussed were:
Ada’s Violin
The story about children in the small rural town of Cateura in Paraguay making music using instruments built from garbage through the eyes of a girl named Ada Rios.
Manjhi Moves a Mountain
The story of Dashrath Manjhi from India, who used a hammer and chisel to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital.
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted a Million Trees
The story about the Nobel Peace Prize laureate from Kenya who started a movement to save the environment.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The story about William Kamkwamba, a boy from Malawi who could not afford to go to school and had to quit, but because of his love for learning, he found a way to build a windmill from garbage and bring electricity to his village.
Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World
The story about the life of Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist, and pioneer of the environmental movement.
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
The story about the Japanese diplomat in Lithuania who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish people by granting them transit visas to travel through Japanese territory to the United States
Dr. Jose Rizal
The Philippine nationalist, writer, polymath, and national hero whose writings were instrumental in the country’s movement toward independence.