The Institute strives to respond to non-financial needs from individual universities in other countries within its capacity--supporting the start of social work programs, the design of curricula, the operation of classes and ad hoc seminars, as well as the exchange of research and faculty members and students. All those associated with the Institute and our university stand to learn much from these activities.
The delegation from Sri Lanka to Shukutoku University in January 2014 left three requests: (1) assistance and cooperation to start a new program--an Institute of Social Work Education for Buddhist Monks (ISWEBM) in Sri Lanka with a nine month diploma course and a baccalaureate degree course for the near future; (2) the design and implementation of a program addressing the aftermath of the civil war which lasted until 2009, including reconciliation programs; and (3) the planning and provision of a comprehensive service for older people in a Northwestern province.
The Institute has responded to the first request, discussing their curricula. The director of the Institute has accepted an appointment as the Honorary Senior Advisor and Council Member of the Institute by the Sri Lankan government Secretary of Ministry of Buddhism and Religious Affairs. Future tasks are to provide know-how for each course including field work, sending lecturers to classes, training young Sri Lankan teaching staff, organizing exchange programs for students and faculty members, and implementing joint research programs.
Another Buddhist university in Anuradhapura is also discussing the possibility for starting a new social work course. A similar discussion is also taking place in Nepal.