Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and International and His Excellency Mr Masahiro Omura, Japanese Ambassador (seated) with staff of USP’s International office during the launch.
The Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2017 project was launched by His Excellency Mr Masahiro Omura, Japanese Ambassador, on 25 September 2017, at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre at the Laucala Campus.
JENESYS 2017 project is a people-to-people exchange programme between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. Under the 2017 project, a total of 181 students from Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) and 55 students from Australia and New Zealand will be visiting Japan from 29 November 2017 - 2 February 2018.
H.E Mr Omura extended his sincere gratitude to Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and International and staff of the University for supporting the implementation of the JENESYS project.
He noted that the project is in its fifth year of implementation and with the success of the Kizuna Project in 2012, the Japanese Government commenced the JENESYS project from 2013 to promote interest towards Japan and get universal attraction of Japan and its values.
The participants, H.E Mr Omura highlighted will visit fall and winter of Japan and may feel rather cold according to the places visiting but, he added that they will have a precious experience of “touching snow and seeing scenery with snow.”
“I hope the participants of the JENESYS project will enjoy Japan and convey the attractions of Japan to the people around them upon return,” H.E Mr Omura said.
He expressed that Japan and USP have maintained good and cooperative relations for many years. The Japanese Government has extended cooperation in infrastructure such as the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre and USPNet facilities.
“We would also like to strengthen our relationship in other aspects and the JENESYS project is a very good example of capacity building and exchange cooperation,” H.E Mr Omura said.
The Ambassador said that he was grateful for the rising interest towards Japan among USP students.
Professor Armstrong noted that a total of seven (7) groups will visit Japan from PICs and each tour will have a theme. The themes include, Disaster Prevention; Marine Resource; Environment and Energy, Trade/Investment and Tourism, Sports and Building Peaceful Society and History.
He further stated that the JENESYS 2017 project will be coordinated from the International Office at USP who also facilitate other student exchange and mobility programmes for USP staff and students.
As part of the tour, student participants will be accompanied by two (2) staff supervisors.
Talking about JENESYS 2016, Professor Armstrong said that it concluded earlier this year with a total of seven (7) groups visiting Japan from PICs.
“Upon return, students have carried out action plans to promote their experience in Japan and the Japanese culture, and these included class presentations, radio talk shows, newspaper articles, TV coverage and sharing photos and videos on social media,” Professor Armstrong said.
The first batch will leave for Japan on 29 November 2017. Students and staff can apply on https://international.usp.ac.fj/jenesys-2017/
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