Two Bruneian students yesterday left for Japan to participate in the Asian Youth Exchange Programme in Okinawa. The programme was initiated by the Government of Japan for the development of human resources of Asian countries and to further enhance the people and cultural exchanges between Japan and Brunei Darussalam.
The participants, DayangkuUmiKalthumbintiPengiran Haji Muhammad Sazali and Mohammad Ashraf Haziq bin Mohammad Marasharin, have been selected by the Okinawa Prefecture and the Cabinet Office of Japan to represent Brunei in Okinawa from August 5 to 23. The programme consists of interacting with Japanese youths in various environmental-related activities including field experiences, lectures by experts, as well as open discussions.
Present at the Brunei International Airport to see off the participants was Hideki Hagiwara, the First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan to Brunei Darussalam.
The Asian Youth Development Programme in Okinawa is aimed at promoting “innovative minds” through the exchange of knowledge and ideas of Japanese and Asian students on environmental issues by applying science and technology to society. Students who have undergone the programme are expected to have an adventurous spirit in resolving environmental and other global issues, according to a press release by the Japanese Embassy to Brunei Darussalam.
In total, 28 students from 14 countries will be participating in the programme; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste. One candidate will also be invited from Fujian Province which has had friendly exchange with Okinawa.