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SAKURA Exchange Program in Science

De La Salle University Students from the Philippines Participate in the
SAKURA Exchange Program in Science


Written by Joenel G. Galupino and Kristian V. Caringal
Photos by Prof. Jonathan Dungca and Jiaan Gesalem



Last October 12-18, 2014, Waseda University and The Center for Contribution to Peace in Asia hosted the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science), which was participated by two Professors and 28 students from De La Salle University (DLSU), Philippines. It was an exchange program that gives importance to earth’s resources and environment.
 

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Welcome party at Waseda University

During their first day at Waseda University, Prof. Shuji Owada conducted series of scholarly lectures. His
students presented their current researches, and he discussed the importance of the role of economy, population, food, and industry resources to the society. Subsequently, a visit in his laboratory was also conducted to familiarize the DLSU participants with their research.
 

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DLSU students visit Prof. Owada's Laboratory

Also, to formally welcome the DLSU participants, a welcome party was prepared. The DLSU students and
professors wore their national costumes to show their gratitude and to demonstrate the importance of the occasion.

DLSU participants visited recycling plants in relation to the lectures given by Prof. Owada. Wastes such as printed circuit boards (PCB), air-conditioners, television, etc. underwent various processes to attain rare valuable metals, which are beneficial for other industries. Lectures were also given by these recycling plants to familiarize the DLSU participants with their processes and the importance of their objective.
 

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Recycling plant visit

As a part of their exchange program, DLSU participants visited the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Advanced Industrial Science And Technology (AIST), and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
 

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DLSU students with Waseda University students

A closing program was prepared for the DLSU participants to formally end the activity. Certificates of achievement for the course were also awarded by Michiharu Nakamura, PhD., President of Japan Science and Technology, to the DLSU participants.
 

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Closing ceremony


DLSU Students'comments, suggestions and/or impressions:

“The Sakura Exchange Program was a wonderful experience for me, not only as a a student by in the entirety of my person as well. It made me realise that people are not really different after all, especially during the time when we spent with several Japanese Students from Waseda University. It gave me this sense of camaraderie and that striving for excellence and the constant search for knowledge can be achieved through involvement with different kinds of people as well, not only through one's mere effort. The Exchange Program has transformed me to see a world in a whole new perspective. I suggest that this opportunity that was given to us to take part in this program should be prolonged as a unifying form of connection between De La Salle University and Waseda University. Not only strengthening the relationship between the two universities but the two countries as well. Japan and the Philippines in merging into achieving the goal of a better society and world.”
Acosta, Dwayne Mark Y.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Structural Engineering

“Japanese people are really great teachers of science and technology. This country is really one of the best in the world when it comes to those fields. And I think the main reason why Japanese people are successful is because of their discipline. They are very strict when it comes to following their time and schedule.”
Allas, Mikel Jason DG.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

“I realized that Japan is really a very impressive city and that the Philippines has a lot to learn from Japan. I believe that with the right work, time and dedication, the Philippines really has a chance to improve as a country.”
Baltazar, Gabriel Rupert C.
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management
with Specialization in Mechatronics and Robotics

“The SAKURA Exchange Program was truly an enriching experience. I definitely learned a lot about resources recycling and it made me to be more motivated in protecting the environment. Also, our interaction with the other Japanese students made us appreciate Japanese culture. Although there are partly some hindrance (due to language barrier), overall it was really fun and enjoying.”
Bernadas, Edmar D.
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

“I observed that the Japanese are very well organized. All of the schedules are followed on the dot. In
addition, they are also hospitable. They always make sure that the foreign students are feeling comfortable and are learning a lot in their program.”
Caringal, Kristian Lawrence V.
Bachelor of Science/ Master of Science in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Structural Engineering

“The Sakura Exchange Program in Science is truly an unforgettable experience that enables us to fully
interact with the locals, especially the very warm hearted university students and staff, and experience
Japanese culture. I can say that this program has bridged the two Asian countries closer to each other; I
believe this will also be true for the succeeding ones. My only recommendation for the program is that as
part of the culture exchange; also let the exchange students taste the local cuisine like ramen, sushi,
sashimi and such. Overall, the program was a huge success.”
Castillo, Calvin T.
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

“The Sakura Exchange Program was a very memorable experience to all of the delegates. They were very hospitable to us and they made sure that everything would go smoothly and according to plan. They were very strict about the schedule and for example when they say 9:00AM, its 9:00AM sharp.”
Chioson, Charmaine B.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

“The program was very well balanced and organized. There were enough activities to fill ourselves with new information regarding resource recycling and at the same time, we still were able to sight see all over
Japan. I wish the program would have lasted for another week so we could learned more and visited more
places. I also hope to be in one of Dr. Owada's lectures since his delivery was superb.”
Chua, Renz Anderson D.
Bachelor of Science/ Master of Science in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Structural Engineering

“Although my course is not engineering, I found the program really helpful. At first I thought that recycling was just a simple thing to do, but when the Japanese showed us what happens to old materials/machines, it gave me a new perspective about recycling.”
Consul, Denise Neri I.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Specialization in Business Applications

“The SAKURA exchange program was a successful event wherein we DLSU students were able to learn more on the advanced research and technological innovations that Japan has to offer. Moreover, the DLSU students were able to bridge our connections to the Japanese community specifically, through the students and professors of the Faculty of Science and Engineering in Waseda University. Thank you very much for this wonderful and fruitful opportunity.”
Cruz, Joseph Benjamin Z.
Bachelor of Science / Master of Science in Civil Engineering
with Specialization in Construction Technology and Management

“The exchange program was very accommodating, well thought of, relatable and relevant to us. I suggest that there should be more lectures on how recycling happens in Japan so that it can spring up ideas to the listeners :)  Also, I suggest that the delegates (we, the 30 Filipinos chosen to be delegates) still get in
touch with the programs of Waseda University. I do hope that the Waseda Science Club is a group we will look forward to in the future. I hope that you still connect with us, even now that the program is over. :)
Thank you so much for the experience! It was indeed a ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE, CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS, an experience we will always be grateful of. Thank you! :) We hope to visit again soon.”
Culaba, Florence Joan Q.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

“The itinerary prepared for the program was good. It was well-organized and the facilitators were able to
cope with the weather changes easily.  The visit to the recycling centres were very interesting for me since I do not think we have that in the Philippines, and not a lot of people has access to that experience.
I am also thankful that we were given the chance to meet students from Waseda University because it is also a way expanding our networks. It's great that we became friends with them because when they go to the Philippines, they could just contact us and we'll give them a tour. I'm also glad that you provided us speakers who shared their experience about going on exchange and inspired us to try enrol in Waseda
University.”
Culaba, Nicole Vienne Q.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

“Japan is a very traditional country which time is very essential. They are a very developed country with
citizens that is very disciplined and punctual. Time is very important to Japanese, they are very strict in
terms of their time. The disposal and recycling of waste materials is a very rigorous task but the Japanese government and private companies cooperated well to make the task more simple and efficient.”
Galupino, Joenel G.
Master of Science in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Structural Engineering

“I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to experience the impressiveness of Japan’s culture and
advancements first hand. I really hope more students from the Philippines can experience what I  experienced here in Japan. I’ve always thought Filipinos are the most hospitable in the Asian region but now I think the Japanese deserve the recognition most. I also think Japan would be a very suitable place for researchers.”
Gan, Michelle C.
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management
with Specialization in Biomedical Engineering

“The Sakura Exchange Program was an experience that I would never forget in my whole life. The program allowed us, Filipinos, to engage and interact with Japanese students from Waseda University. One of the things I really appreciated the most in the program was learning new information about Japan, such as their culture, technology, people, and etc. It was also wonderful and humbling that the program coordinators scheduled some time for us to go around Tokyo, Japan. Overall, the exchange program was an amazing experience.”
Gesalem, Jiaan Regis G.
Bachelor of Science / Master of Science in Civil Engineering
with Specialization in Transportation Engineering

“The Sakura Exchange Program heightened my experience in Japan since it was my first time and aside from the scenery, I was able to gain knowledge about environmental engineering and research. It made me grow as a person because I was able to connect with other students, built up friendship and exchange stories about our cultures. I am really impressed with the staffs that worked hard in putting up such organised program that made our stay in Japan memorable. I hope there are more programs like that so that we can join again.”
Juego, Modwena B.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Structural Engineering

“The program was well organized and the content was comprehensive. I learned a lot from the different
recycling technologies to the culture of Japan. Personally, I was amazed by how the Japanese give importance to time. They are also very hospitable and generally they are very kind to everyone. I also observed that the Japanese are systematic, and they are also much disciplined.”
Magdaong, Jeremy Jay B.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

“Some of the Japanese students which we interacted with had previously been to the Philippines. This paints a great picture as to the openness as well as the attractiveness towards foreigners of the Philippines. However most were only able to go to Cebu. Though Cebu is a great place in the Philippines, it lacks the power to truly portray all aspects of Philippine living. IF they wish to truly understand the dominant culture found in the Philippines, I think that they must also experience a stay in Manila. As Manila is the center of the Philippines it is also the center of culture of the country.”
Manzano, Abiel Bernielu L.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

“The Sakura Program was impressive, I learned a lot of the culture of Japan. And it made me realize how
hospitable Japanese people are.”
Mayol, Andres Philip
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

“I realized that Japan is really a very impressive city and that the Philippines has a lot to learn from Japan. I believe that with the right work, time and dedication, the Philippines really has a chance to improve as a country.”
Peralta, Kean Adriel Filip M.
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management
with Specialization in Mechatronics and Robotics

“The country (Japan) already speaks for itself. They have a very organized system in everything that they do especially in their subways, convenience stores, restaurants and universities. Also, their facilities are
clean and are well maintained. Like the Philippines, the people of Japan are very welcoming especially to
strangers. A random citizen helped me while I was jogging and even accompanied me going to the main street. Visiting Waseda University was one of my highlights of the activity. They have different rules compared to DLSU and their facilities are very high end. The students also reflect the system of the university by being welcoming and open.”
Rama, Alvaro Martin M.
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management
with Specialization in Mechatronics and Robotics

“I think that anyone that are studying in Waseda are lucky students. It is nice that the facilities are advanced. Also, the students I've met are all very friendly and approachable. I think it would be difficult at first to fit in because of the language barrier but the students' hospitality makes up for it. The program
itself was very fun-filled and I just hope that there was a day when we could have roamed the beautiful city of Tokyo and appreciate its history too.”
Rice, Samantha June M.
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management
with Specialization in Biomedical Engineering

“The Concept is very new to me. I was mesmerized on how Precious metals and minerals could be retrieved and recycled to such a great extent. This truly is an amazing technological advancement that would benefit not only the people, but also the environment. Recyling waste materials must be of high priority. Dr. Owada’s lectures are very impressive and eye opening to the extent to which we can help the environment from deteriorating furthermore. They are enjoyable and interesting.”
Sanchez, Heisen Hayes M.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Structural Engineering

“I think that the students were enlightened by the plant tour. Electronic wastes need not be thrown away
when it is of no use anymore. It can be recycled again and made into a new material. I think this movement is really helpful to the present situation of our planet earth. We should learn how to utilize the wastes and find a way on how to make good use of them.”
Sanchez, Ivy S.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Structural Engineering

“It was a greatly beneficial experience. You do not only gain knowledge on something relating to engineering but also knowledge on Japanese culture. It would be wonderful if the program could give something like hands on experience as a researcher or more lectures.”
Ting, Racquel Ranchie A.
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

“Unlike in the Philippines where people are always getting late in works and meetings, Japanese people value their time most. I hope that someday Philippines will be the same as Japan.”
Ting, Sean Johnlee Q.
Bachelor of Science / Master of Science in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Transportation Engineering

“The program is very knowledgeable. It is really designed according to the objectives and is very inspiring
especially to future engineers and researchers.”
Villanueva, Cris Danielle M.
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management
with Specialization in Mechatronics and Robotics

“The Sakura Exchange Program is a really great way to encourage students in to studying in Japan. The
program has left a lasting impression on me, on how well the Japanese culture has help shaped their
development. I would very much want to have another opportunity to study in Japan, be it for a year or a
semester. The Exchange program was so perfectly executed that I do not have anything else to add. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the organizers and thank them for their hospitality shown to our group.”
Yu, Jim Harvey C.
Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management
with Specialization in Mechatronics and Robotics

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