Eight students of the Department of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities (FMSH) of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) were given the valuable opportunity to take part in a Student Exchange Programme to Japan, recently.
The programme was conducted under the International Youth Exchange Programme (Sakura Science Programme) funded by the Japanese Government.
It was participated by staff and students of both KDU and the Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) in Taiwan, and the participants were hosted by J.F. Oberlin University (JFOU) in Japan.
The participants of the exchange programme attended academic sessions at JFOU’s Shinjuku Campus, visited the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), the Head Office of Japan Air Lines, Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, Shibuya and Harajuku.
The main topics discussed in the programme were public transportation and the revitalising of tourism following the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was also a great opportunity for students to experience and interact with the Japanese culture. Further, prior to the visit to Japan, the selected students were given the opportunity to participate in an online Pre-Departure Programme organized by the JFOU in February and July of 2022.
Programme familiarised the students with the main topics of discussion and other participants of the programme, ensuring a smooth transition from their home countries to Japan.
The exchange programme was concluded with group presentations by the students on what they learnt during their time in Japan.
The entire programme was coordinated by Mr. Nobuo Kanda and Ms. Huang Long under the leadership of Professor Hajime Tozaki of JFOU.
The team from Sri Lanka was led by Dr. Hemantha Premarathne, Senior Lecturer and Programme Coordinator with the assistance of TN Wijewickrama, Programme Assistant attached to the Department of Social Sciences.
Courtesy - www.kdu.ac.lk