The Miriam College International Studies (IS) department, with the support of the International Partnerships and Programs Office (IPPO), conducted a collaborative study tour with students of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Australia from November 23- December 8.

The study tour, entitled “International Perspectives on Community Development, Women and International Justice”, sought to develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills on issues, challenges and experiences concerning human rights violations, women’s issues, trafficking and migration in both the government and non-government sector in the Philippine context.

CIHDS Dean Caridad Sri Tharan, Ph.D. and IS Assistant Department Chairperson Pacita D. Fortin welcomed RMIT Prof. Jose Roberto Guevara Ph.D. and Prof. Margaret Liddell, Ph.D. together with 30 students from RMIT. The program commenced with an interdisciplinary framework sharing session, with speakers Prof. Aurora de Dios of the Migration Studies Program, Asso. Prof. Luz Martinez of the Social Work Department and Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.

The study included attendance and participation at the 2nd National Women’s Summit organized by the Women and Gender Institute (WAGI), the 5th World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM) and debriefing with WSFM organizers. They also visited the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), International Organization on Migration (IOM), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Australian Embassy, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), Philippine Commission on Women, Isis International, and toured the Ayala Museum and Intramuros.

The two-week study tour ended with student presentations, an open dialogue with the International Studies faculty and students, and a farewell dinner.