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~JICE Hosts Annual Potluck Party for International Students

Asia Africa International Student Service

On December 1st, JICE hosted a potluck party, an annual networking event for international students studying at various universities in the Kanto region under different programs managed by JICE. 48 international students from 20 countries participated in the party.

This year’s party found a variety of international dishes from the Philippines, Senegal, Afghanistan and elsewhere, some home cooked by students themselves. Students wearing their traditional costumes enjoyed the food and conversations with other party participants as they barely had an opportunity to mingle themselves with those from other countries and universities.

In the middle of the party, students from Cambodia and Mongolia performed their traditional song and dance. All the participants seemed enjoying the party beyond nationality, language and culture.

Looking forward, JICE will not only endeavor to support international students in their academic work but to enrich their life in Japan through organizing such events like this.

Number of the party participants by program and country
Program CategoryParticipantsCountry
1 Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) 21 7
2 The Project for the Promotion and Enhancement of the Afghan Capacity for Effective Development (PEACE) 7 1
3 Master's Degree and Internship Program of African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative) 18 11
4 Stragetic Management and Intellectual Property Rights Program(SMIPRP) 2 1
Total 48 20

Saki SHIDARA
International Students Division
International Student Affairs Department

Students enjoyed a variety of international food
Participants of ABE initiative and PEACE project
Dance performance by Cambodian students
Participants of ABE initiative and JICE staff joined the dance together
Song and dance performance by Mongolian students
Audience took a lot of pictures during the performance
More than 80 participants including students’ families had a fruitful moment together