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Projects with Promise

Vol. 24 No. 3

Developing Engaged Scholars Through Glocal Learning: A Case Study of the Thailand Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement Initiative

September 1, 2020


With the development of Thailand 4.0, it is critical for engaged scholars to address the role of higher education in Thailand’s social and economic development with an understanding of how local histories (local) and economic globalization (global) shape their work. The empirical analysis in this article is based on an international partnership designed to prepare graduate students as engaged scholars in a newly industrialized country. We discuss the Thai context for community engagement, then describe the purpose and learning goals for the Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement initiative. We describe the methodological approach to gathering data about the impact of the initiative and discuss findings. The findings contribute valuable international perspectives to the literature on graduate student education by focusing on the development of graduate student identities as engaged scholars through an international partnership with a US university. The GCCE initiative encourages the formation of reciprocal relationships with international universities as partners in order to prepare graduate students as engaged scholars through glocal learning.