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UPVTC BS Accountancy student joins JENESYS exchange program

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Jeffrey C. Voloso, a fifth year BS Accountancy student from the Division of Management, UP Visayas Tacloban College, was among the 12 college students and 10 young professionals from the Philippines who took part in the recently-concluded Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) program. The program, with the theme "Economics – Small and Medium Enterprises," was held on January 29 to February 7, 2017 at various locations in Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka.

The delegates from the Philippines, along with the other delegates from the ASEAN region, were welcomed by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo upon their arrival. They were then divided into sub-groups, with Voloso joining the group that took part in the activities in Osaka.

His group learned about regional industries and future developments on economic cooperation between Japan and the ASEAN region at the Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation (EMCI) and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).

The group also visited the Monodzukuri (Manufacturing) Business Information-center Osaka (MOBIO), a government-supported facility which exhibits innovative manufacturing products and technology developed by local inventors.

Afterwhich, the participants visited the Higashiomi Municipal Government, a model project for the revitalization of the local economy through partnerships between the local government, non-profit organizations, and local industries and communities, where they participated in a lecture on the Symbiosis-Oriented Development of Higashiomi City Project, the Nanohana Eco Project, and the Aito Marguerite Station, all of which are local initiatives with the vision of making a self-sustaining, people-oriented, and empowered local community.

The participants were also immersed in Japanese culture through various activities. They took part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and visited historical and cultural landmarks such as the Osaka Castle and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

At the end of the program, the delegates presented a synthesis of their experiences and their respective actions plans on how to promote and enhance cooperation between Japan and their respective home countries.

The JENESYS program is implemented by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and the Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC), in partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC). It aims to promote a global understanding of Japan and the participating countries in building a basis for future friendship and cooperation. (With sources from Jeffrey C. Voloso)

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