Youth Voices

Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme 2010

Contributed by Hassan Raza
University of Engineering & Technology

Technical Batch 1

At the Second East Asia Summit (EAS), which was held in January 2007, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, announced a plan to implement a 35-billion-yen youth exchange program, inviting about 6,000 young people to Japan mainly from the EAS member states (ASEAN, Australia, China, India, New Zealand, the ROK) every year for five years, with a view to establishing a basis of Asia’s stalwart solidarity by expanding youth exchange. Based on this plan, the Government of Japan has launched the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme in 2007.

This year two students from Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Asad (BS Electrical) and Mr. Hassan Raza (BS Electrical) from University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila participated in JENESYS Programme Technical Batch 1 and visited various universities and Industries in Japan.

This program deepened mutual understanding regarding Politics, Diplomacy, Economics, Society, Culture and Research Environment among young people who are expected to assume important roles in the next generation in each East Asian country.

During their stay in Japan they visited Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, AIST, Okuma Corporation, Ritsumeikan University, Hitachi Group of Industries, Sumitomo Metal Industries and Yamanaka Engineering and also attended discussions in International Forum for Micro Manufacturing 2010 and learnt many things from programme like State of The Art Technologies, Aptitude Development, Japanese Culture, Time Management, Collective Intelligence, Talent Utilization, Team Work, Social Networking, SAARC Countries Cultures, Project Based Studies, Research Techniques and famous Japanese phrase Monozukuri.

Hassan Raza final year student of Electrical engineering with Majors in Electronics shares his views about programme that “It was an honor and a privilege to be involved in this well organized and insightful program, and I have gained new understandings and knowledge from not only Japan, but other neighboring East-Asian countries also. This programme has surely enhanced my understanding of Research and Development in Field of Technology and will contribute to my career development and in international development. I would like to claim that Technical and cultural human exchange should be implemented more often than at present. At the end I would like to quote from Margret Mead that “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has happened.”

Muhammad Asad final year student of Electrical Engineering with Majors in Electrical Power is of the view that “This program gave me an insight on understanding Japanese education system, education policy, aptitude testing and interest development for better outputs from a profession. I got a chance to study the attributes of the developed nations like time management, punctuality, commitment, team work, intelligence sharing. Working of industry and academia together hand in hand is very important and it results in more skilled professionals. We need to think beyond boundaries and collaborate more with the other fields of engineering and technology. It also facilitated me in mixing with different cultures and religions.”