The last day of our course at Hiroshima University was probably also the most exiting one. The role play – a simulation of a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in order to promote gender, peace and security – lasted the whole day. The delegates of the different groups were determined to present their countries standpoints, issues and visions with flaming speeches, and the different proposed amendments for a new resolution were debated passionately.
The day really provided an interesting insight in the world of international politics, including the rather disillusioning fact that national political and economic interests will always weigh more than the actual issue at hand (in our case gender equality, peace and security) within the UN structures.
After finishing the role play, we could finally get rid of our imposed national identities and reunite with the rest of the group in order to spend a beautiful last evening at the farewell party with all students and teachers. The night was concluded with a Karaoke session at a typical Japanese bar. The latter, like many other social activities, was arranged by our four classmates from Hiroshima University, who took extremely well – and very patiently – care of us during the whole week and brought us their culture and customs closer.
We are very grateful to Malmö University and Hiroshima University under the International Network of Universities as well as to all teachers and the facilitating staff, for the opportunity to participate in this interesting course and to meet so many great people from all around the world.