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By Lynch Jabile, LILAC Intern

CPU College of Engineering students visit Japan.

Four Engineering students from Central Philippine University (CPU) had the chance to experience Japan’s culture and classroom environment through the Sakura Science Program, an exchange program that aims to promote science and technology cooperation between Japan and Asia.

Ella Marie Palomillo, Jeth Gonzales, Jeah Faith Pamunag, and Mahsan Molina Jr., were selected by the College of Engineering to participate in this year’s program. Engr. Gelvie Lagos, faculty member of the College of Engineering, accompanied the students and provided the necessary assistance during their cultural sharing and classroom presentations. Representatives from the College of Engineering were hosted by the National Institute of Technology Sasebo College (NIT-Sasebo College), one of CPU’s academic partners in Japan.

The Sakura Science Program is a two-way exchange program that allows students to visit each other’s countries and learn about each other’s cultures. Last year, two students from NIT-Sasebo College, Hinata and Amy, visited CPU for a month to learn English and engineering and explore Iloilo’s cultural sites.

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) manages the Sakura Science Program. It aims to foster friendship and understanding between Japan and other nations while exposing young students to the latest developments and innovations in engineering.


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