IT didn’t take Marina Naoi, 21, long to fall in love with Penang although it was her maiden visit to the state.
“The people here are so friendly,” she said after receiving her appreciation certificate from SEGi College Penang principal Cheah Teong Keat at the college.
“I was fascinated by the heritage buildings and the culture here.”
Naoi was among 16 Japanese undergraduates who stayed in Penang for eight days under the Young Ambassador programme.
Cheah said the college was proud to host the foreign students.
“We hope the various programmes prepared by us helped them during their time here.
“Staying here in our dormitory, they had the opportunity to mingle with the other students,” he said.
The college international marketing manager Jeff Lee said the students were aged between 18 and 23.
“This programme is organised by the Penang Centre of Education and Tourism with the aim to promote Penang as an education hub in the region.
“Six colleges participated in the pro- gramme and each day, we would organise activities for the foreign students,” said Lee.