Methodist Student Exchange Program Adapts to New Times

International Officers of Methodist-related institutions worldwide are working together to rethink how international and intercultural exchanges may help in the future. In light of the IAMSCU “resetting” process during the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Officers of schools, colleges, seminaries, and universities in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America began to meet periodically to rethink the Methodist International Student Exchange Network (MISEN), an IAMSCU program offered to students. On August 6, 2020, participants in the MISEN project marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and were reminded that Nagasaki Wesleyan College and Hiroshima Jogakuin University are two Methodist-related institutions located in these cities. They were also reminded that the IAMSCU Conference was held in Hiroshima in 2014. Remembering this important event, participants reaffirmed their commitment to enduring peace and to promoting this goal among their students. As they continue to meet, MISEN members will be creating new modalities of intercultural exchange, service learning, and other global activities for students, including online activities. Nearly 30 staff representatives from more than 20 institutions in 15 countries and 5 continents are involved in this initiative and working on revising the MISEN Handbook. They will also be promoting the Café Alive, a virtual event bringing together students to share about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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