Three students from Bachelor of Environmental Management (BEM) in Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Risha Ali Rasheed, Haroonul Rasheed and Ahmed Aimon Latheef has taken part in the JENESYS: Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths, held from December 10th to 18th in Tokyo, Japan.
This program was conducted by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) under the guidance of the Japanese Government. The objectives of this program is to promote participant’s capacity building in a manner that would be conductive to the development of the SAARC member countries, promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and countries, regions to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation and promote a global understanding of Japan’s society, history, diverse culture, politics, economics and diplomatic relations. And also, present a true and accurate image of Japan by disseminating information on Japan through participants
The theme of this year’s program is agriculture hence students were able to learn a lot about Japan agricultural industry. Which includes a lecture by the Minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and privileged to observe cutting-edge technology at the Japan Plant Factory Association, that are grown using new techniques such as spray-ponics.
Students had the chance to travel Fukushima prefecture (shinkansen), where they learned about high-level technologies used for infrastructure, operation and safety management of public transportation. Furthermore, they visited Ten-ei village and had the opportunity to attend the lecture given by village Mayor on Local government and foundation of civil life. Participants visited a green onion farmland, where they were able to experience harvesting green onions straight from the field and learned crops about crops that grow specifically during the winter. They also got the opportunity to experience the Japanese Culture.
The program also includes the visits to Fukushima University, which enabled the participants to bond with other students (exchange contact, build friendships), attend a calligraphy class and campus tour of entire university. Furthermore, participants were able to experience Japanese life style by staying at ordinary Japanese homes. Participant also exchanged their own cookeries for hosting families.
The last component was a Maldivian Cultural farewell for the host families. And the journey ended in Tokyo with a reporting session on action plan about what the participant will do after returning back home. They also had the privilege to meet the Maldivian ambassador.
Overall, participants learned that although Japan is so advanced in terms of technology, they have deeply preserved their culture and traditions. They are the epitome of mutual respect, tolerance, and punctuality. This was an amazing experience of friendship and knowledge, which they would cherish forever in hearts.
We would like to thank the embassy of Japan for giving this opportunity for our students.