Okayama SV 2013/2014 


Project :   Study and Visit Japan’s Modernization and Post War Experience 2013
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Okayama University (International Centre) has been conducting MEXT-sponsored (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Short Stay, Short Visit (SSSV) programme for the last two years. In partnership with the ASEAN University Network (AUN), this year’s “Visit and Study Japan’s Modernization and Post War Experience” gave 29 ASEAN students the opportunity to visit and learn the modernization process of Japan after its war experiences focusing on the Meiji Restoration process, experiences of democratization and reconstruction of the nation.


The study and visit programme included the following itineraries: Kyoto, Okayama, Kurashiki, Satosho, Ohkunoshima Island, Kure, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Ohtsushima Island, Shimonoseki and Hagi from March 15 to 22, 2013. The scholarship covered for the land arrangement of students including accommodation, kits, food and bus transportation in Japan within the inclusive dates amounting.

Project Name :   Study and Visit Japan’s Modernization and Post War Experience 2013
Short Name :   SV Japan 2013
Objectives :   With the strong and good relations between ASEAN and Japan, the programme aims to showcase the culture, traditions and the people of Japan to the ASEAN students to further strengthen its people to people relationship. It also serves as a venue to learn from the experience of Japan’s modernization as a model for development for the ASEAN member countries. In addition, it is also a good opportunity for the ASEAN students to get to meet Japanese people and at the same time, will have the chance to get to know other ASEAN students as well. Lastly, it is very good venue for networking and building long lasting friendships with the future leaders of the region.
Highlights :   The students had the opportunity to visit several war and modernization related places in Japan which gave them the chance to know how Japanese struggled after the war, how they united as a nation to rebuild their country and how until now the values and discipline learned from these experiences until now manifest in today’s era. Though students can learn this from school, books or documentaries, the opportunity to be there first hand in the place where it really happened, for example in Horishima Peace Memorial Museum, was a totally different experience for the students. Aside from the places that students visited and the food they were able to try, another highlight of the trip was the opportunity for the youths of ASEAN and Japan to build networks and long lasting friendship that can stand the test of time and space. In this way, we can ensure stronger people to people linkages in our region and a good venue to exchange ideas and good practices for each others’ development.