A GROUP of seven students and an officer from Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Civil Defence Corp spent two weeks in Japan recently.Programme director Nur Syafiqah Hanis Saiful Baharim said they worked with Kyoto University to learn more about disaster management in Japan.
“Our programme encourages the participants to learn the spirit of the Japanese people,” she said.
The UPM team also exchanged information with the students from Kindai University.
One of the participants, as well as cadet, Muhamad Kasturi, said that he was attracted to the uniqueness of the Japanese culture.
“One of the best moments was staying with a host family there,” he said.Etsuko Hirai, the representative of the host families, said they brought the Malaysian students to try the local cuisine and visit interesting places such as the Konpira Shrine to see the cherry blossoms.
Organisation for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) Shikoku director Uno Takashi said he hoped the students would benefit from the knowledge and experiences gained from the mobility programme.
“This programme was a success and all the host families were happy to have them as part of their family,” he said.