On Monday November 10 and Tuesday 11, 2008; 16 Malaysian public officials and regional high school staff came to APU for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) sponsored Community Employment Support training course which was held over the 2 days.
The trainees are in Japan from Sunday October 19 until Saturday November 11 and have already attended lectures in Tokyo about employment support in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and have attended a range of business visits and training lectures in Kanagawa and Aichi Prefectures covering a range of topics such as employment and business collaboration activities. At APU the trainees attended lectures on such subjects as the nurturing of human resources and collaboration with business, and the Global Business Leaders Development Program (GBLP). As well as an explanation of the APU Parents and Alumni Association, the group was given a tour of the Library, Japanese Tea House "Washinan" and AP House.
During his Monday lecture to the group, Professor YOKOYAMA described the situation at APU "Here at APU we are aiming to expand our students' sphere of 'adaptability' ? not just their academic and technical skills ? so that they can adapt to a wider range of businesses and enterprises with ease." After the lecture a lively discussion took place regarding the practical application of this philosophy in a Malaysian setting.
APU has been accepting trainees from countries around the world as part of the JICA sponsored ODA Technical Cooperation Project. In 2008 APU has already held lectures and visits within the prefecture for trainees from the African and ASEAN regions, Chile, East Timor and the Philippines. This is the first chance that APU has had the chance to welcome trainees from Malaysia.