A total of nine Palau Community College (PCC) students were selected to participate in two fully-funded short term invitation programs, Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) and Pacific Island and West Indies Student Invitation Program.
JENESYS program is a project funded by the Government of Japan. Youth from the Pacific Island Countries will visit Japan for eight days under different themes namely Marine Resources and Security, Environment and Energy, Trade, Investment and Tourism.
Participants will also experience Japanese life through homestay and learn about Japanese culture through visits to schools and historical sights.
The selected JENESYS participants are Mr. Coby Jones, Ms. Ikelau L. Uro, Ms. Reilynn Mechol, Ms. Azalea Richard, Ms. Chiana Chiba, Ms. Kaitlin Isalias, and Ms. Ngetwai Ngiramengior. Six of the JENESYS participants will be staying at Hitachiomiya city which is Palau’s host town for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Pacific Island and West Indies Student Invitation Program is organized in collaboration with Sophia University in Tokyo, funded by APIC (Association for Promotion of International Cooperation). PCC student, Ms. Kazuko Chibana will attend the program from January 6 to 30, 2019, to study in depth about the key aspects of contemporary Japan at Sophia University. Course topics include Japanese Business and Economy, Contemporary Issues and Media, and Japanese language. The program also includes activities such as field trips, cultural exchange and sightseeing.
The Embassy of Japan encourages more Palauan students to take advantage of such programs that provide a setting for friendly cultural exchanges, as well as practical learning based on specific themes. The short-term invitation programs are also great opportunities for young people to experience Japan and to consider the possibilities of studying in Japan in the future. (PR)