This course is organized as a series of discussion sessions with officials, managerial staff, and experts in government agencies, international organizations, business entities, NPOs, and research institutions in Asia. Under the guidance of the instructor with the given overarching theme, students are required to prepare a proposal for discussion on public policy issues with counterparts at a target organization of their choice. In their own discussion sessions, students are asked to lead and moderate a meeting discussion. Each student is also required to submit a blogpost-style report on the chosen topic enriched by discussion during the field workshop. The total number of students allowed to participate will be limited up to about eight due to the nature of the course involving a series of intensive discussion.The instructor will decide target organizations on the basis of student proposal.
Examples of the past host organizations by location are as follows.
China: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), ByteDance, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), CITIC Group Corporation Ltd, International Economics and Finance Institute (IEFI), Megvii Technology, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China
India: Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC), Biocon, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc), and Infosys
Indonesia: University of Indonesia and World Bank Country Office in Indonesia
Singapore: ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), Centre for Livable Cities (CLC), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, NUS Satellite Program, and World Bank Group Singapore Office
Philippines—Asian Development Bank (ADB), Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD), and WHO Regional Office of the Western Pacific
Thailand: Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage, National Health Security Office (NHSO), Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)