Brunei students leave for Japan exchange programme

Hakim Hayat

Twelve students from different higher educational institutions in the country left for Tokyo, Japan yesterday to take part in a 10-day youth exchange programme hosted by the Japanese Government that aims to bridge friendship and cultural understanding.

Acting Director of Youth and Sports Mariam binti Ulat bade the students farewell at the Brunei International Airport yesterday.

Also in attendance was First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Atsushi Aoki.

The students will take part in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) 2019 Inbound Programme Students Conference until February 18, and are fully funded by the Japanese Government.

The JENESYS programme was incepted in 2007 with the objective to foster bilateral relations and friendship, as well as promoting the cultural values, traditions and Japanese way of life.

The conference will see the participation of other Asia-Pacific students and will help promote the basis for friendship and cooperation for the future, through exposure in aspects such as the economy, community, history, cultural diversity, politics and diplomatic relations.

According to a Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports press statement, the students will be divided into five groups covering different themes by the organisers – Over-tourism and Sustainable Tourism Development; Foreign Workers; Quality Education; Food Loss and Awareness of Disaster Mitigation.

They will have the opportunity to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Aichi, Osaka and Miyagi and take part in different activities such as workshops according to the themes. They will also make a courtesy call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Acting Director of Youth and Sports Mariam binti Ulat and First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Atsushi Aoki with the students. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT