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Eleven HAU-Institute of Small Scale Industries (ISSI) scholars and student-volunteers engaged their counterpart students from Kansai University (KU) of Osaka, Japan in a five-day learning interaction, cultural exchange and community outreach activities during the latter’s visit from August 12 to 16, 2013 in connection with the 2013 Philippine Children Project (PCP).

Dr. Arlyn S. Villanueva, University President, welcomed the delegation of Japanese students led by Dr. Toshihiro Sawayama, Professor of Public Policy, Division of International Affairs, during a courtesy visit by the group at the President’s Office.

A month earlier, Dr. Sawayama flew in from Japan to invite the University to be its partner in a proposed Japanese student exchange grant under the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) – a flagship project of the Southeast Asian Ministers’ of Education Organization (SEAMEO).

The collaboration between HAU and the visiting KU students was part of the community outreach activities by KU for PCP and undertaken for the second consecutive year in cooperation with the University.

For this year, HAU and KU students prepared science experiments which they presented to pupils at Cutcut Elementary School.

Kansai University had its beginnings in 1886 as Kansai Law School and was granted the title Kansai University in 1905. It has 13 faculties, 12 graduate schools and three professional graduate schools spread over five campuses in Osaka.

The HAU-ISSI scholars and student-volunteers, who each received a Certificate of Appreciation from HAU and KU for their participation in the international cooperation, were: Charlene Maghinang, RonitaMangune, DanicaSandig, Marian Therese Pangan, Edgar David, Robert Ladrillo, Mark Anthony Cuartelon, Erika Santos, Jerry Baluyut, Lou Anne Bautista and JamilleBasco.

Comprising the KU student delegation were: Nana Adachi, Saki Ota, Masako Kawaguchi, Natsuki Imanishi, Tomoyuki Okano, Soma Hachiya, Naoto Fukui, Nahami Ashitaka, Ayu Fukuoka and Mizuki Tanaka. The trip was the second for both Ms. Fukuoka and Tanaka. The students were joined by Mr. Shigeo Hisaka and Ms. Ikuko Moriguchi,Japanese PCP volunteers, and Mr. Ricci Lalic, PCP Coordinator.

A closing program marked the end of the week-long HAU-KU interaction, with students from both schools performing song numbers, exchanging contact information and promising to stay in touch and keep the ties of friendship strong.

Date Posted: 11-04-2013