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JJ/WBGSP Scholars Bringing the World to Global Festa

JJ/WBGSP Scholars Bringing the World to Global Festa, Japan, 2011  

The Global Festa Japan, the biggest international cooperation event in Japan, has been presented every year since 1990 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation. This year, the Festa took place during October 1 -2 at Hibiya Park in Tokyo. More than 280 organizations concerned with international cooperation, including government agencies,

NGO, international organizations, and embassies, participated in the event. Over the two days, around 110,000 people visited.

The World Bank Tokyo Office hosted a World Bank Group booth at the festival to introduce the development institution's operations, programs, and recruitment processes to the visitors. Eleven local JJ/WBGSP scholars currently studying in the Tokyo area volunteered at the World Bank booth while also enjoying the Festa. They mingled with the staff from the Tokyo Office, JJ/WBGSP scholars from other schools, distributed the World Bank brochures to the visitors, and talked about their countries as well as their experiences as JJ/WBGSP scholars.

"It was a good opening to meet World Bank staff and other students who come from different parts of the world. I talked to many Japanese and foreign people and was really happy with the event," said Ms. Subhashini Abeysekara Pathiranage from Sri Lanka, who is studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at Saitama University.

Another scholar, Mr. Ashrafbek Olimov from Uzbekistan, also expressed his enjoyment of the event. Ashrafbek studies at Tax Program at Yokohama National University. "Meeting with Japanese people and talking with them was a great experience, especially with those who were interested in the World Bank activities. My purpose in participating was first to familiarize myself with what the World Bank does, because I would like to talk about it as a proud JJ/WBGSP scholar. Secondly, I wanted to support the World Bank booth at the Festa as a form of gratitude to the World Bank and the Government of Japan who support people like myself with such an invaluable opportunity to study in Japan. I am certain that the knowledge and experience I gain during my studies in Japan will play a driving role in my future career after I return to my country, Uzbekistan."

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