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USP Launches JENESYS 2016 Project

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Chargé D'affaires at the Embassy of Japan, Mr Tsuguyoshi Hada delivers his address at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre at USP’s Laucala Campus.

The Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2016 project at The University of the South Pacific (USP) was launched by Chargé D'affaires at the Embassy of Japan, Mr Tsuguyoshi Hada on 6 October 2016.

JENESYS 2016 project will provide fully funded ten-day study tours to Japan for University students and youths from sixteen (16) Pacific Island Countries (PICs), Australia and New Zealand.

While launching the project, Mr Hada said that continuing on the success of the inaugural Kizuna project implemented in 2012 and succeeded by JENESYS 2.0 project in 2013 as well as the JENESYS 2015 project, the JENESYS 2016 project elevates partnership between Japan and USP to a higher level.

In modern day civilisation, according to Mr Hada, people identify themselves according to nationalities, culture, traditions and way of life. In order for humanity to attain prosperity and co-existing harmony, Mr Hada said that people must strive to cultivate better understanding between different countries, people and cultures.

“I am pleased to say that through initiatives such as JENESYS 2016 we are able to accomplish such objectives and give practical benefits to people of PICs and Japan,” Mr Hada said.

In the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) held in Japan in 2015, Mr Hada said PICs leaders recognised the importance of people-to-people exchange between Japan and PICs.

The first batch of participants and supervisors with Chargé D'affaires at the Embassy of Japan, Mr Tsuguyoshi Hada and USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Innovation and International, Professor Derrick Armstrong.

He added that through PALM7 leaders’ declaration, they expressed their appreciation to Japan for Kizuna, JENESYS 2.0 and JENESYS 2015 projects.

Mr Hada told the participants to make the most of the opportunity, adding that, “while in Japan you will be the ambassadors of your countries and your experience of Japan, its people and culture will no doubt help you understand us.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Innovation and International, Professor Derrick Armstrong said that USP’s relationship with the Government of Japan goes back many years and covers infrastructure and programme assistance.

Professor Armstrong thanked the Government and people of Japan and the Japanese Ambassador for the warm relationship between the two countries and the support received by USP.

He thanked the JENESYS 2016 project steering committees who have played enormous role in supporting the project and developing the programme of selection for students and supervisors to take part in the project. He also acknowledged the support of the Japan-Pacific Alumni Association members for their support towards the project.

There will be a total of eight (8) tours. The first batch of participants will leave for Japan on 12 October 2016.

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