Exploring Education Abroad Asia and the Asian Paradigm

Exploring Education Abroad Asia and the Asian Paradigm

EXPLORING EDUCATION ABROAD ASIA AND THE ASIAN PARADIGM

By Dr. Steven A. Martin, Prince of Songkla University, Phuket

Welcome to Education Abroad Asia! I would like to share a few words of encouragement regarding studying in Southeast Asia and our international education programs in Phuket, Thailand.

Dr Steven Andrew Martin – Education Abroad Asia Program Director

Over the past twenty years, I have studied and worked in Asia, attending five study abroad programs at Peking University in China, and completing two Master's degrees, first through scholarship in Taiwan Studies, and later an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Phuket, Thailand.

Based primarily on having learned how to write and publish research articles, I received scholarships for my PhD in Environmental Management at Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, and earned tenure at the Faculty of International Studies in Phuket, where I currently teach Thai Geography, Southeast Asian Civilization, and Eastern Civilization.

I developed Education Abroad Asia to motivate young people in learning the arts of research, publication and video production. Students who apply for the research track can receive financial support to cover international conference fees up to $300.

Organized through THE UNITED STATES EDUCATION ABROAD RESOURCE, I have opened three paths of experiential expression for international students:

  1. EDUCATION – Education Abroad Asia
  2. PUBLICATION – Study Abroad Journal
  3. PRODUCTION – University Filmworks

In my personal story of an American who found affordable education and university employment in Asia, there is a larger story of opportunity in the region, sometimes referred to as the "Asian Wave".

THE ASIAN PARADIGM

The "Asian Paradigm" in hospitality and tourism is best expressed by Prof. Dr. Kaye Chon, Dean of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM).

In my recent interview with Prof. Chon, he shares his personal experience, addressing the progress underway and opportunities available throughout the region.

Asia is moving up in the world, with many Asian and Southeast Asian countries experiencing dynamic economic growth and the emergence of a large and diverse new middle class with a higher percentage of the population than ever before involved in international business, higher education, and traveling and studying abroad.

Education Abroad Asia – Interview with Prof. Dr. Kaye Chon

EDUCATION ABROAD IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

Universities in Asia are rapidly catching up with, and in some cases overtaking, the standards of universities in the US and Europe. Academic communities in Asia are already widely transitioning to the use of English as the main language of instruction, and many Asian universities already offer international programs in order to be more competitive globally.

Asia, however, is also calling for the attention and expertise of Western academics to help tackle the social and environmental issues that inevitably accompany such rapid growth and change.

Educational Leadership in Asia – "What Makes a University Great"

A growing community of leading American and European scholars and researchers now live and teach at universities in Asia, and they welcome students from the US and Europe. You could be among them.

"Education Abroad" encompasses the idea of studying abroad for a semester or year with the added opportunity to matriculate and enroll as a full-time degree-seeking student. I developed Education Abroad Asia to make this option available to US students, including those concerned over the high costs of education and issues over student loans and debt at home. 

True Story – "KK", An American Student Who Found Education Abroad in Asia Without Taking Student Loans

EMPLOYMENT AND PROFESSIONAL PATHWAYS

There are a growing number of exciting opportunities for English-speaking professionals in academia and in industry throughout Asia.

Today, Southeast Asia, with Thailand as the regional center, is in a position to offer students, visitors, and entrepreneurs unprecedented circumstances for learning, personal growth, and career development.

Understanding people from diverse backgrounds, including their cultural norms, religious beliefs, philosophy, and outlooks on friendships, family, and business, can enrich our lives and open doors to social and economic opportunities.

Interview with Robert Habibi – An American Educator in Phuket

For young Americans, an affordable education abroad program or degree earned in Phuket, an economic hub in Thailand, can put you in touch with amazing experiences, new and lasting friendships, and the chance to find out who you really are in the context of a completely different and exciting culture.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND COURSES

I designed our website to make it easy to browse. Through original photos, videos, and short descriptions, aspects of the Phuket campus, student housing, the local environment, and immersion in the Thai Buddhist culture are fun, clear and vivid.

Our programming is straightforward and based on the concept of 'direct enrollment', meaning that students share the classroom and learning experiences with Thai and international students, mainly from other Asian countries and Europe.

Interview with Anna Nilsson – An International Student Studying in Phuket

Our approach allows American students an opportunity to study as colleagues – and equals – with local students and scholars, bringing their own skills and ideas into this rapidly-evolving context as they interact and share the university experience.

International courses taught in English are arranged into three areas of concentration: 1) Sociocultural Studies; 2) Business Studies; and 3) Hospitality and Tourism Management. Tuition is on average 70% cheaper than other US study abroad programs in the region and program dates are similar to those at home.

ASEAN COMMUNITY

ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has been developing and improving communication and collaboration among the ten member nations — socially, economically and politically.

University systems including schedules, curricula, credit transfers and student mobility opportunities have for most part been synchronized under the 'ASEAN Community 2015'.

Today, English is the official administrative language of the ten countries that comprise ASEAN.

Students from ASEAN nations are quickly becoming polyglots, expected to graduate from university with proficiency in three languages: their native tongue, at least one language from a neighboring country, and English.

This situation, with English of increased importance in education and business, has created opportunities for North American and European students to study, teach and work in ASEAN nations in a variety of capacities.

FEATURED PROGRAM – STUDY IN PHUKET, THAILAND

The Phuket Summer, Semester, and Gap Year programs are based on the world-famous and stunningly beautiful resort island of Phuket, Thailand. With its balmy tropical climate, miles of incredible sandy beaches, 700 hotels and 50,000 hotel rooms, it’s not surprising that Phuket is Asia’s top international tourism destination.

Many people would consider a 30-day Tourism Visa to vacation in Phuket to be the holiday of a lifetime. Through Education Abroad Asia, you receive the official university documents needed for your Education Visa, and have the opportunity to spend four months or a gap year living in Phuket, gaining valuable degree credits while enjoying a memorable and life-changing cultural and educational experience.

Study Abroad in Phuket – An Introduction by Dr. Steven Martin

Dr. Prathana Kannaovakun, Dean of FHT, and Dr. Steven Martin, Education Abroad Asia, Develop "Study in Phuket" for American Students

Phuket also makes a natural home for a world-leading center of hospitality and tourism research. Through the support of Dr. Prathana Kannaovakun, Dean of the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism (FHT), Education Abroad Asia is the official partner for international student enrollment to Prince of Songkla University, globally recognized in hotel and tourism industry.

Through this program, I am delighted to be able to offer North American students the opportunity to join us to "Study in Phuket" for a dynamic, state-of-the-art, and highly professional educational experience.

I make it my job to ensure that our staff are always available for students, and that the safety, health and comfort of our students is our top priority at all times.

Parents and students will receive personal contact phone numbers for our on-site staff, as well as my own personal phone number, so that there is always an on-site contact to deal quickly with any communication problems or other issues that might arise.

Thank you and warm regards,

Dr. Steven A. Martin

DR. STEVEN MARTIN – PUBLICATIONS & PROCEEDINGS

Refereed Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

Martin, S. A. (2011). Laipunuk (Nei Ben Lu)—The last frontier of the Taiwan aborigines during the Japanese occupation on Taiwan: Ethnographic narratives of a Bunun elder. The International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAS), 7(1) 123–142. Retrieved from http://ijaps.usm.my/?page_id=508 (accessed August 15, 2015).

Martin, S. A. (2011). Rebuilding mama’s house—An ethnohistorical reconstruction and homecoming of the Bunun on Taiwan. Journal of International Studies, 1(2) 61–78. Phuket, Thailand: Faculty of International Studies, Prince of Songkla University. Retrieved from http://jis.fis.psu.ac.th/images/jis_file/JIS_Vol1_No2/JIS_Vol.1_No.2_6.pdf (accessed January 15, 2017).

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2011). Beach and coastal survey of Thailand: What future for surf tourism. Journal of Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary Arts, 3(1), 77–87. Retrieved from http://www.myjurnal.my/public/article-view.php?id=72754 (accessed January 15, 2017).

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2012). The genesis of a new body of sport tourism literature: A systematic review of surf tourism research (1997-2011). Journal of Sport and Tourism, 17(4), 257–287. doi:10.1080/14775085.2013.766528

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2013). Developing a surf resource sustainability index as a global model for surf beach conservation and tourism research. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 19(7) 760–792. doi: 10.1080/10941665.2013.806942

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2014). Investigating the importance of surf resource sustainability indicators: Stakeholder perspectives for surf tourism planning and development. Tourism Planning and Development, 11(2) 127–148. doi: 10.1080/21568316.2013.864990

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2015). Measuring the conservation aptitude of surf beaches in Phuket, Thailand: An application of the surf resource sustainability index. International Journal of Tourism Research, 17(2) 105–117. doi: 10.1002/jtr.1961

Reangvaranont, M., & Martin, S. A. (2013). A Comparative study on the learning experiences and learning style preferences of Thai and British postgraduate students at a United Kingdom university. Journal of International Studies, 3(2) 15–25. Phuket, Thailand: Faculty of International Studies, Prince of Songkla University. Retrieved from http://jis.fis.psu.ac.th/images/jis_file/JIS_Vol3_No2/VOL_3_NO_2_2.pdf (accessed January 15, 2017).

Book Chapters

Martin, S. A., & Blundell, D. (2017 In press). Cultural continuum among the Bunun of Laipunuk (Nei Ben Lu), southern Taiwan. SMC Publishing and Academia Sinica: Taipei.

Martin, S. A., & O'Brien, D. (2017 In press). Surf System Boundaries. Routledge: London.

Scholarly Articles

Martin, S. A. (1999). Great expectations. Nota Bene: The 1999 Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Anthology. Jackson, Mississippi, USA: The Society. Retrieved from https://www.ptk.org/Programs/NotaBeneLiteraryCompetition.aspx (accessed June 1, 2016). [republished as The jewel of travel in Study Abroad Journal: http://www.studyabroadjournal.com/jewel-of-travel/]

Martin, S. A. (2004). China, a magic place. Hohonu Academic Journal, 2, pp. 55–57. Hilo, Hawaii, USA: University of Hawaii Press. Retrieved from http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/hohonu/documents/Vol02MASTER.pdf (accessed January 15, 2017).

Theses

Martin, S. A. (2006). Ethnohistorical perspectives among the Bunun: A case study of Laipunuk, Taiwan. Master’s thesis. National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei, ROC. [+2 publications in peer-reviewed journals].

Martin, S. A. (2010). Coastal resource assessment for surf tourism in Thailand. Master’s thesis. Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand. [+1 publication in a peer-reviewed journal]

Martin, S. A. (2013). A surf resource sustainability index for surf site conservation and tourism management. Ph.D. dissertation. Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand. [+3 publications in peer-reviewed journals].

Conferences and Proceedings

Assenov, I., & Martin, S. A. (2010). Surf tourism research 1997–2009: A systematic review and interdisciplinary perspective. Proceedings of the 16th Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA) Annual Conference: Competition and Collaboration between Regional Tourism Destinations (pp. 1017–1028). Macau S.A.R, China, July 13–16.

Martin, S. A. (2009). Rethinking the monsoon: Sustainable surf tourism in Thailand. Paper presented at the International Tourism Conference on Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism Management: Beyond the Global Recession. Silpakon University, Bangkok, Thailand, May 14–15.

Martin, S. A. (2010). Laipunuk (Nei Ben Lu)—The last frontier of the Bunun during the Japanese occupation on Taiwan: Ethnographic narratives of an Isbukun elder. Scholarly presentation [PowerPoint]. 3rd Annual PSU Phuket Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development. Nov. 17–19. Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand.

Martin, S. A. (2010). The conservation of coastal surfing resources in Thailand: The Andaman Sea. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Environment and Natural Resources (ICENR) 2010 The Changing Environment: Challenges for Society (pp. 262–280), Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Bangkok, Thailand, November 10–12.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Music, marriage and adaptation among the Bunun from lost Laipunuk, southern Taiwan. CD Proceedings of the 4th Annual PSU Research Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development (p. 46). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, November 16–18.

Martin, S. A. (2013). Surf tourism and resource sustainability in Phuket, Thailand. Scholarly presentation [PowerPoint]. Global Surf Cities Conference: Destination Innovation Collaboration, Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, Gold Coast, QLD, February 28 – March 1. Gold Coast: Gold Coast Surf City, Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2013). The surf resource sustainability index and Thailand case trial. Scholarly presentation [PowerPoint]. Global Surf Cities Conference: Destination Innovation Collaboration, Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, Gold Coast, QLD, February 28 – March 1. Gold Coast: Gold Coast Surf City, Inc.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2008). Beach and coastal survey: What future for surf tourism. CD Proceedings of the 7th Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Students’ Research in Tourism Advances in Tourism Practices: Pointing the Way Forward (p. 12). University Teknologi Mara, Selangor, Malaysia, June 3–5.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2008). Interdisciplinary approaches toward sustainable surf tourism in Thailand. Paper presented at the 1st PSU Sustainability Conference. Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Thailand, November 19–21.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2011). A statistical analysis of surf tourism research literature. CD Proceedings of the 4th Annual PSU Research Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development (p. 57). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, November 16–18.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2012). Measuring the importance of social, economic, environmental and governance indicators for the surf resource sustainability index. Proceedings of the 1st Annual PSU Phuket International Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development (p. 51). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, January 10–12, 2013.

Martin, S. A., & Assenov, I. (2012). Towards a surf resource sustainability index: A global model for surf site conservation and Thailand case study. Proceedings of the 18th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference (APTA) Hospitality & Tourism Education: New Tourism & New Waves (pp. 745–760). Taipei, ROC, June 26–29. Busan, Korea: School of International Tourism, Dong-A University.

Martin, S. A., & Blundell, D. (2014). Marginalization, social change, and heritage: A continuum of Bunun in southern Taiwan. Proceedings of the 20th Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress Cambodia 2014 (p. 210). Siem Reap, Cambodia, January 12–18.

Martin, S. A., & Blundell, D. (2014). A new trial for the journey home to the Bunun villages of old Laipunuk, Taiwan: Contextualizing island Formosa through cultural heritage, digital mapping, and museology. Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Formosan Indigenous peoples: Contemporary Perspectives (p. 89). Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, September 15–17.   

Martin, S. A., Assenov, I., & Ritchie, R. (2014). Towards a social science index and conceptual framework for assigning weights in sustainability research. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual PSU Phuket International Conference: Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development (p. 70). Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, November 13–14.

Other Articles

Martin, S. A. (2000). Great expectations. Kona Views Magazine, (p. 21). Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA: Kona Media Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2001). China, my magic place. Kona Views Magazine, (pp. 24–25). Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA: Kona Media Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2002). Skateboarding through time on the Great Wall of China. Kona Views Magazine, (pp. 21–22). Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA: Kona Media Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2002). The space ambassadors: From outerspace to the Kona Coast, astronauts send a humanitarian message. Kona Views Magazine. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA: Kona Media Inc.

Martin, S. A. (2010). A brief history of surfing. Thailand Surfrider, (2) (pp. 15–21). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2010). Coastal currents in Phuket. Thailand Surfrider, (4) (pp. 44–46). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2010). Coastal resource and surfing in Thailand. Thailand Surfrider, (1) (pp. 42–50). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2010). Surfing the southern gulf: Exploratory research on the Gulf of Thailand. Thailand Surfrider, (4) (pp. 20–27). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2010). The surfer-lifesavers of Phuket. Thailand Surfrider, (3) (pp. 40–42). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Climate Change and the environment in Thailand: What’s going on with the weather? Thailand Surfrider, (5) (pp. 28–30). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Rare earth vs. rare surf: Malaysian ‘rare earth’ refinery draws environmental concerns for surfers. Thailand Surfrider, (7) (pp. 28–29). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Surf science of the Andaman Sea, Part I: A surfer’s guide to wind, water & waves. Thailand Surfrider, (7) (pp. 42–45). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Surfing Rayong: Wave magnet of the Eastern Gulf. Thailand Surfrider, (7) (pp. 24–26). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). The Phuket ocean safety guide. Thailand Surfrider, (5) (pp. 42–45). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Trash talking: Exploring marine debris on the Andaman Coast, Thailand. Thailand Surfrider, (6) (pp. 48–50). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2011). Water safety awareness for the hospitality & tourism industry. Thailand Surfrider, (5) (pp. 40–41). Thalang, Phuket: Purple Diamond Ltd.

Martin, S. A. (2014). Exploratory research on the Mekong Delta: The geography of Viet Nam. Faculty of International Studies E-Bulletin. Retrieved from http://www.magazine.fis.psu.ac.th/?p=142 (accessed January 15, 2015).

Martin, S. A. (2015). A brief introduction to the historical geography of Cambodia. Faculty of International Studies E-Bulletin. Retrieved from http://www.magazine.fis.psu.ac.th/?p=251 (accessed January 15, 2017). [Republished in Study Abroad Journal: http://www.studyabroadjournal.com/historical-geography-cambodia/]