On September 20, 2023, Palau Community College (PCC) student, Ms. Karly E. Madrangchar, captured the attention of her audience during a presentation on her experience at Sophia University’s Summer Session in Japan. The event was hosted by the Embassy of Japan and graced by the presence of guests including President Patrick Tellei, Dean of Students Hilda Reklai, JICA staff, three PCC students to participate in the next JENESYS Program this winter.

Ms. Madrangchar’s presentation, held at PCC, provided an engaging narrative of her participation in the Sophia University’s Summer Session, made possible through the Association for the Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) program. The audience was impressed with her intensive studies over the three-week period.

The Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Ms. HAGIWARA Mayu of the Embassy of Japan commenced the event with her opening remarks. She noted that APIC, a not-for-profit organization based in Tokyo, supports development cooperation projects in the Pacific Islands and offering educational opportunities to younger generations.

Ms. Karly Madrangchar, who was selected for the program in June 2023, shared her unique journey. She spoke of the diverse experiences, the immersion in Japanese culture, and the invaluable interactions with students from around the world.

“I believe such experiences broaden horizons for young minds and help expand their aspirations in terms of academic and professional career development,” noted DCM Hagiwara, reflecting on the profound impact of such international experiences.

Ms. Madrangchar’s presentation not only served as an inspiration to those in attendance but also exemplified the importance of educational and cultural exchanges in strengthening bilateral ties between Palau and Japan.

As the year 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of Palau’s independence and the establishment of Japan-Palau diplomatic relations, the exchange between the two countries continues to deepen and enrich the lives of young individuals like Ms. Madrangchar.

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