JICE Co-Hosts JDS Philippines 20th Anniversary
JICE and JICA co-hosted the JDS 20th Anniversary Event held on October 6 and 7, 2022, supported by Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. The members of the Operating Committee from the National Economic and Development Authority and the Civil Service Commission also celebrated the milestone of the human capital development of JDS Philippines. From JDS Philippines, a total of 419 international students has been sent to Japan.
JDS Alumni members, mainly the members of JICA Alumni Association of the Philippines (JAAP) took a great initiative to make this event come true, coordinating with JICA and JICE for several months.
This 2-day event with the theme entitled ”Harnessing Knowledge and Experience to Navigate the New Normal” was kicked off with the JDS Conference, featuring JDS Alumni panelists presented their current studies on “Peace Building, Growth and Inclusivity” and “Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability” and shared their insights with the alumni audiences,which stimulated the active opinion exchanges beyond JDS Batches(the Groups by year in Japan).
On the latter half of the 2-day event, the Alumni Fellowship and Networking Event were taken place at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence in Manila. More than 70 people gathered and enjoyed the accompany each other for the networking building which was missed in these COVID-19 affected years. The current JDS Fellows in Japan and online participants those who could not join in person to the venue also joined the event as it was held in a hybrid format.
JDS Alumni actively exchanged their thoughts on the improvement of the JDS and its alumni activity how it has been and how it should go from now on, foreseeing the upcoming 25th anniversary for the next time. Each participant reaffirmed the importance of human resource development and continuation of JDS for the Philippines.
JICE is willing to support for the JDS Alumni activities where they can share their knowledge and experiences for the further enhancement of the human capital networks in the country and bringing a positive engine to the development of the country.
International Student Program Department I
JDS Follow-up Team