The Science and Technology Ministry and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) have joined forces to send 47 Thai youth-scientist ambassadors to attend the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths or JENESYS 2.0
The ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Tiamboonprasert Somchai and NSTDA director Thaweesak Koanantakool presided over a ceremony at Thailand Science Park on Thursday to launch an orientation for the Thai-youth scientist ambassadors. The 47 selected will attend JENESYS 2.0, along with three mentors.
Thaweesak said that Japan had an admirable culture, especially its people’s discipline and determination, as well as the government’s policy to support science and technology development. He said the event was a good opportunity to enhance the 47 NSTDA scholarship recipients’ learning and experience that would be useful in developing research beneficial to both countries in the future.
He said it would also be an opportunity to network with other Asean students, so that Thai students would be better prepared for the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.
The 47 youth ambassadors were selected from among 165 NSTDA scholarship recipients aged 18-35 who are currently studying science and technology at various institutes nationwide. Among the ambassadors are 25 males and 22 females – 14 of whom are undergraduate students. Another 29 are graduate students and four are PhD students.
JENESYS 2.0 (1st Batch) was initiated on January 18, 2013 during a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Indonesia. It aims to promote a better understanding of Japanese culture and identity via youth-exchange programmes with Asean countries. JENESYS 2.0 will see some 30,000 students from Asean countries attend the programme, organised by the Japan International Cooperation Centre (JICE).