Thailand Peace Studies Program becomes permanent
Dennis McMahon, a participant in the July 2007 session, talks with villagers during a field study to rural Cambodia.
Call it a step toward a lasting peace -- or a lasting peace program at least.
The Rotary Foundation has announced that the peace and conflict studies program at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, will become a permanent peace education initiative.
The three-month professional development certificate program began in 2006 as a three-year pilot aimed at mid- to upper-level professionals working for government and nongovernmental organizations in need of a shorter program than the two-year peace studies master's degrees offered at the other six Rotary Centers for International Studies .
The certificate and master's degree options will now be integrated into one program. Applicants will be able to use the same application to apply for all seven of the peace studies centers, and administration of the master's and certificate programs will be streamlined.
While the Rotary Center at Chulalongkorn University will continue to offer two sessions -- January to April and June to August -- applications for both sessions will now be due on 1 July, at the same time as the master's degree option.
Rotary World Peace Fellowships Brochure (pdf)