UP Diliman hosts 6th student interaction program with Chuo University
by Alynna dela Cruz, Student Assistant
Last 4 September 2017, the Office of International Linkages Diliman hosted an interaction program for students from Chuo University, Japan.
The program opened with Professor Gilda L. Uy, Program Development Associate for Student Mobility of OIL Diliman, welcoming the guests, followed by Professor Mitsuhiro Hayashi introducing the students under his class. He also recalled the long-standing partnership between University of the Philippines Diliman and Chuo University, with this year marking their 6th visit. The 26 Students, divided into 4 teams, presented their proposals on selected social issues in the Philippines: 1) Educational Quality of Alternative Learning System in the Philippines, 2) Expression of Children’s Views in Childcare Facilities in the Philippines, 3) Promotion of the Segregation of Household Waste: With a Focus on Composting Organic Waste, and 4) Women’s Empowerment through Integrated Approach-type Microfinance: The Case of the TESDA-COKE STAR Program in the Philippines. Also present to give their inputs on the given topics were outbound exchange students, student exchange returnees, as well as members of student organizations — UP Tomo-Kai and UP TUGMA.
After the presentations, UP TUGMA offered an ethnic performance showcasing
traditional Filipino culture, and invited the Japanese students to dance along. The
Chuo University students also performed Soran Bushi, a traditional Japanese dance,
which they taught the Filipino students during the encore. The remaining time was
left for the students to mingle over snacks. Finally, the program closed with a speech
from Dr. Imee Su Martinez, newly appointed director of OIL Diliman, with recommendations
for future studies.
The students from Chuo University will be staying in the Philippines until 15
September 2017 as part of their research visit. During their stay here, they will visit
areas relevant to their studies to gather data and to improve their proposals.