Shukutoku University Asian Research Institute for International Social Work plans, organizes and implements international joint studies and research with universities and researchers in other countries. It is also actively involved in international activities by responding to similar requests from other countries.
The following projects are currently in progress as of March 2015.
- "Religions and Social Work: The Case of Buddhism" This is a joint study among the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi; and Japan College of Social Work/APASWE. This is the third and final year of this study, which started before the Institute was established. The research team carried out five research visits to Buddhist temples and governmental and non-governmental social work agencies in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue, and organized four workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Chiba, Japan.
- "Buddhist 'Social Work' Activities in Asia" This project is currently in progress in 2014-15, with the participation of researchers who include Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Thailand, and Mongolia. It aims to provide an understanding of the current state of Buddhist "social work" activities in Asia, to build a foundation for the next stage of research, and to start creating a network of researchers who are interested in Buddhist "social work" in Asia.
- "Practice-based Research: Designing a Buddhist Social Work Curriculum in Sri Lanka" This project aims to design a social work curriculum through the collection of census data, a review of Western professional social work curricula, and mutual discussion by applying a practice-based research approach. The need for research was born among practitioners, Buddhist monks, and university staff members, and most of the details of the research have been and will be implemented by the above persons themselves in collaboration with university researchers. The present "social work" concept and curricula rooted in the West will be reexamined, and a social work curriculum specifically for the above persons will be personally designed.