Students at the closing ceremony of EduTour 2020 Programme.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: The closing ceremony of EduTour 2020 Programme for Utsunomiya University, Japan was held at the Experimental Theatre, Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here recently.

This programme was organised by the Faculty of Language and Communication (FLC) as a final farewell and celebration of Utsunomiya University (UU) students’ achievement during their two-week programme.

During the event, 31 UU undergraduates who participated in the programme received certificates marking their successful completion of the EduTour Programme which started on Feb 8. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit presented the certificates.

UU chose to collaborate with Unimas for the third time after the success of the 2018 and 2019 programmes, said Unimas in a media statement yesterday.

According to Unimas, the EduTour Programme was specially designed by FLC to meet the requirements of UU.

The two-week programme aimed at providing unique and meaningful opportunities for the UU students to experience the culture of Sarawak, life in Unimas campus and also to improve students’ communication skills in English.

The Japanese participants came from UU’s Faculty of Agriculture, International Studies, Regional Design, Engineering and Education. They were accompanied by their lecturers — Prof Dr Natsuaki Tomohide, Prof Dr Tatsuhiro Ohkubo, Prof Dr Minoru Amanuma, Prof Dr Toshimori Takahashi, Associate Professor Dr Takashi Izuha, and Associate Professor Dr Yuki Yamano.

During the programme, the UU participants completed 32 hours of English classes focusing on communicative skills while incorporating the elements of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Their lessons culminated in oral presentations demonstrating their ability to use the English language with confidence.

As the closing ceremony marked the end of the EduTour Programme, it also highlighted the cultural exchange and partnership between Utsunomiya University and Unimas.

Together, UU and Unimas students performed traditional music, dances, martial art and poems at the event.

Two UU representatives, Tatsuya Hashimoto and Hinako Kaneda, also gave a speech expressing gratitude to the Faculty of Language and Communication and Unimas and emphasising the valuable experiences that they had during their stay.