Breaking Barriers: JENESYS 2017
JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a programme launched by Japanese Government in an initiative to facilitate an exchange of students between Asian, Oceania, North American, European, Latin American and Caribbean regions. The aim of the programme is to strengthen mutual understanding and cultural relations and to promote solidarity among nations. Under this programme, the University students are provided fully funded nine days tour to the home country.
JICE (Japan International Cooperation Centre) has been conducting a short-term invitation programme, inviting 3,000 to 4,000 youngsters to Japan each year. To be eligible for the Program, one must:
- Be enrolled as a full-time or part-time Undergraduate/Postgraduate University student;
- Applications from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are open to registered USP students only who are citizens of, and currently residing and studying in one of these countries;
- Applications from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Papua New Guinea are open to all registered university or college students who are citizens of, and currently residing and studying in one of these countries;
- Must be 18 to 35 years old;
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5;
- Have a sense of community;
- Be in good health (must provide a medical certificate, as per Application form requirements);
- Have a valid passport (must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected stay in Japan).
- Widely disseminate and share information on your experiences acquired from this program through means such as the media including SNS (Social Networking Service), having informal gatherings and so on to outreach your respective communities.
This academic year Jashaswini Bhuyan, a third-year student from the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering was nominated by the institute and later selected by the JICE for the same. She says,
It came as a complete surprise to me! I got a call from the Academic Section asking me to come over and fill out a few forms because I was nominated from our college for the program because I had the highest CGPA in my branch. I did as asked, and was hoping the results would come out in November itself. However, we got the final selection list in the month of December. It was total madness after that! Even though the visa and other paper works were handled by the agency, it was a rush. Even the travel, accomodation and food expenses were handled by them.
Once selected, a group of approximately 30 to 200 youths visits Japan and stays for around 10 days. They participate in a common programme in Tokyo and then divide into subgroups of 20 to 30 youths, each joining a local programme. Group programmes are mainly composed of school visits and home stays to promote mutual understanding, friendship, and trust through firsthand exchange with Japanese students and local residents. For some specific fields, programmes that combine exchange and training are also offered.This year the programme occurred from the 16th to 24th of January, 2016. Summarising her experience, she added
Once we arrived at Japan and greeted by JICE officials, we were split into 4 groups. And I happened to be in the one which was to visit Tokyo and Tochigi Prefecture. The trip also included a home stay for a day and a half, to familiarize ourselves with the Japanese Culture. The rest of the days we visited various esteemed universities like Utsunomiya University, labroratories where we saw humanoid bots, even a few electronics companies like KDT Centre. It was like a cultural exchange programme-cum-study tour, aimed to generate interest in working in Japan. We were given a certificate for the same as well.Team MM congratulates Jashaswini!
While participation in cultural exchange programmes was unheard of on the campus, this definitely is a welcome move by the students as the institute has started giving importance to the same. Although the selection criteria for the same is unclear, we still appreciate the authorities in taking the step and hope that more students get a chance to be part of similar programmes in future.